Disinfecting Your Home

Just as it’s essential to wash your hands with soap and water regularly, you should also get in the habit of cleaning and disinfecting your home. Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets that land on surfaces or uninfected individuals. Whether or not you or a loved one are sick, check out these tips to keep your household safe.

Cleaning Around The House

Clean and disinfect high traffic surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, remote controls, countertops, phones, faucets, sinks, and toilets. Wash surfaces with soap and water before you disinfect.

EPA-registered disinfectants include:

  • Windex Disinfectant Cleaner
  • Comet Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner
  • Fantastik Multi-Surface Disinfectant Degreaser
  • Lysol® Disinfecting Wipes

Most bleach brands are reliable, disinfecting alternatives. Read the instructions to ensure it can be diluted for disinfection. A good rule of thumb is 1/3 cup of bleach/gallon of water, or four teaspoons/quart of water. Leave bleach solutions on cleaned surfaces for one minute.

Make sure alcohol cleaning solutions are at least 70% alcohol to ensure proper disinfection.

Carpets, Drapes, And Other Soft Surfaces

Wash soft surfaces with soap and water, where appropriate, or launder them on a warm setting. If someone is sick in your home, their soft surfaces like sheets, towels, and wash clothes can still be washed with other laundry items.

Never shake out soft surfaces before washing and use gloves if your laundering a sick individual’s items. Wash your hands after removing the gloves.

Electronics

Smart technology is readily available and highly susceptible to spreading germs. Use a disinfectant or alcohol wipes/sprays with a 70% potency or higher.

Tips For Sick And Healthy Households

Sick or not, everyone should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol when soap and water aren’t available, and hands are not visibly dirty.

When to wash your hands:

  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • Before preparing or eating food
  • While caring for a sick individual
  • After using the restroom

Sick members of your household should stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom if possible. If they must use a shared space, they should disinfect it after use. Healthy individuals should only clean areas around the sick, not in their rooms. Provide them with cleaning supplies if they’re able to clean for themselves.

Separate trash cans are also necessary. If you dispose of trash for a sick individual, wear gloves, and wash your hands afterward.

Embassy Healthcare is working hard to provide you regular updates on COVID-19. We are also implementing precautions to keep our residents and staff safe. Call 888-975-1379 or contact us online for further information.