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Here’s The Best Way to Clean for COVID-19 In Your Home

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Cleaning and disinfecting can limit the survival of the COVID-19 virus in your home, should you or someone in your household come in contact with it. 

According to the CDC, people should “practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces” — such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, and electronics — using EPA-registered household cleaners and disinfectants.

Some common household cleaners include, but are not limited to:

  • diluted bleach solution
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • Lysol disinfecting wipes

(Get a full list of COVID-19 effective products at the EPA website.)

It’s recommended to wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. If surfaces are dirty, clean with soap and water before disinfecting. Bleach solutions—diluted to five tablespoons bleach per gallon of water— should be allowed to remain in contact with surfaces for at least 1 minute before air drying.

But remember: Never mix bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser! And be sure to practice good hand washing, as well.

Stay home, stay safe, stay healthy.

Robbie Couch is a writer based in Los Angeles who’s covered progressive politics, social justice, and pop culture news for a number of publishers, including HuffPost, Upworthy, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Robbie has an LGBTQ-themed young adult novel, “The Sky Blues,” publishing in 2021.