12 Places to Clean in Your Home to Prevent the Spread of Illness

Pay attention to high-touch areas of your home – especially those you don’t normally disinfect.

THE COVID-19 VIRUS probably has you spending just about all of your time at home these days, so it’s important to expand your preventive measures beyond hand-washing to actively disinfect surfaces throughout your home – including those that are touched often but frequently overlooked in cleaning.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the COVID-19 virus can remain viable on a hard surface for hours or days, so it’s important to pay attention to the high-touch parts of a home, and especially those you normally don’t disinfect.

Fortunately, you don’t need industrial cleaning products to disinfect your home. Many of the cleaners that are probably already in your cabinet and help cut down on the spread of bacteria and viruses are also effective in killing the coronavirus.

“What’s most important for consumers to realize is what they can do … isn’t too far different from their regular cleaning practices,” says Brian Sansoni, senior vice president of communications, outreach and membership at the American Cleaning Institute, an organization that represents the makers of cleaning products, based in the District of Columbia.

Here are 12 places in your home to clean to prevent the spread of illness, including the COVID-19 virus:

  • Doorknobs.
  • Light switches.
  • Handles.
  • Hard-backed chairs.
  • Desks.
  • Tables.
  • Countertops.
  • Toilets.
  • Faucets.
  • Sinks.
  • Remote controls.
  • Toiletries and makeup.

Light Switches


Hard-Backed Chairs







Remote Controls

Toiletries and Makeup

Your toothpaste, face wash and even makeup containers are items you probably touch once or twice a day but never get cleaned. Viruses aside, Williams points out that people often touch the toothpaste tube to brush their teeth after having gone to the bathroom without washing their hands first.

Source: realestate.usnews.com

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