Spring is in the air, and the usual spring cleaning has begun. Clean doesn’t mean disinfected, your home can be eat off the floor spotless and still have germs. What is the best way to disinfect your home, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to combat this virus you will need bleach, rubbing alcohol and hot water.
For surfaces that are most often touched the CDC recommends a bleach cleaning solution or a 70% (or greater) rubbing alcohol solution. When using a bleach solution use 1/3 cup of bleach per 1 gallon of water. Or if you want a smaller amount, use 4 teaspoons of bleach per 1 quart of water.
Did you know that bleach could expire?! After about a year if it smells less like bleach, it has lost its disinfecting properties. That means it’s time to get a new bottle. Also, never mix bleach with anything other than water. Bleach and ammonia can make you extremely sick. Bleach and alcohol is a deadly combo.
What happens if you don’t have bleach available to clean? Rubbing alcohol works just fine. Remember, it has to be at least 70% alcohol. The rubbing alcohol that you buy is already diluted, so you don’t have to add any additional water.
The EPA has issued a list of disinfectants that it believes are effective in killing to COVID-19 germs, which can be found by clicking here. When in doubt remember soap, bleach and alcohol are you best bets. So what about those hard to find disinfectant wipes? The active ingredients in many of these wipes are ammonium compound which could become resistant to COVID-19 and other viruses as well.
Once you have your cleaning solution of choice it is time to start that disinfectant clean. Make sure to clean the doorknobs, light switches, tables, remotes, banisters, toilets, sinks at least once a day. More if someone is sick. If you are using bleach, you have to keep the solution on for at least 10 minutes before rinsing.
Avoid bleach on hardwood floors because it can stain. Just use a disinfectant floor cleaner in those situations. For tile floors, like in the bathroom can be washed with bleach. That is because these are nonporous.
Are you getting ready to list your home and are afraid that you will be inviting more germs in? Talk to your agent who will work with you to establish a hygienic protocol. Agents and potential buyers are also turning toward the virtual world to see your home, which means less traffic through your home. Call/text me at 931-237-1417 to discuss all this further.