How to Effectively Sanitize Your Home: Room by Room
Recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) cover how to clean and disinfect your home when someone in your household is sick.
- – Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect.
- – Clean surfaces using soap and water.
- – Regularly clean frequently-touched surfaces: tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.
Disinfect (see this guide for more information)
- – Clean the area or item with soap and water or another detergent if it is dirty. Then use a household disinfectant.
- – Use an EPA-registered household disinfectant. Follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product, and be sure to wear gloves and ventilate the area during use of the product.
- – Alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol may also be used.
Soft Surfaces (such as carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes). Do one of the following:
- – Clean the surface using soap and water or with cleaners appropriate for use on these surfaces.
- – Launder items (if possible) according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.
- – Disinfect with an EPA-registered household disinfectant that meets the EPA’s criteria for use against COVID-19.
Electronics (tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls, etc.)
- – Consider putting a wipeable cover on electronics.
- – Abide by the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and disinfecting the item.
- – If no guidance, use alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol.
- – Dry surface thoroughly.
Laundry (clothing, towels, linens, etc.)
- – Launder items according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.
- – Wear disposable gloves when handling dirty laundry from a person who is sick.
- – Dirty laundry from a person who is sick can be washed with other people’s items.
- – Remove gloves, and wash hands right away.
Clean Hands Often
- – Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- – Always wash immediately after removing gloves and after contact with a person who is sick.
- – If soap and water are not readily available and hands are not visibly dirty, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. However, if hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and water.
- – Clean hands after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; after using the restroom; before eating or preparing food; after contact with animals or pets; before and after providing routine care for another person who needs assistance (e.g. a child)
- – Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Bedroom and Bathroom (reserve a separate bedroom and bathroom for a person who is sick)
- – The person who is sick should stay separated from other people in the household (as much as possible).
- – Caregivers can provide the sick person with personal cleaning supplies, such as tissues, paper towels, cleaners, and EPA-registered disinfectants. If they feel up to it, the person who is sick can clean their own space.
- – In a shared bathroom, the person who is sick should clean and disinfect after each use. If this is not possible, the caregiver should wait as long as possible before cleaning and disinfecting.
- – Stay separated: The person who is sick should eat (or be fed) in their room if possible.
- – Wash dishes and utensils with soap and hot water or in a dishwasher.
- – Clean hands after taking off gloves or handling used items.
- – Provide a dedicated, lined trash can for the person who is sick.
- – Use gloves when removing garbage bags, and handling and disposing of trash.
- – Wash hands afterwards.