Products to clean with during COVID 19 outbreak
Most EPA-registered cleaning products on the market are efficient at cleaning surfaces.
For disinfection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that household bleach solutions should be effective, too.
However, before using diluted household bleach solutions, the CDC says be sure it is appropriate for the surface; follow instructions for application and proper ventilation; and ensure the product is not expired. The CDC warns to never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
The create your own bleach solution, the CDC says mix the following:
- 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water or
- 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
Spray liberally on surfaces and wipe clean with a soft cleaning cloth. Generally speaking, all you need is a little all-purpose cleaner and a microfiber cleaning cloth or bar mop towel to clean most of these most-touched areas. All-purpose cleaner can be sprayed directly on your cleaning cloth and then the area can be wiped clean. Spray, wipe, repeat.
At work, use hot water and soap for anything that can be washed. For the rest, use a disinfectant wipe. A weekly clean is what is recommended, unless someone in the house is sick. Then clean your surfaces daily.