Tips for Disinfecting Your Home During CO-VID 19
There is a reason bleach and other cleaning products are flying off the shelves. Disinfecting our home has become a priority!
We all know that there are different types of clean, every day clean, guest clean – you know when your mother-in-law is coming over – eek, and now there’s CO-VID 19 clean.
First things first, there is a difference between cleaning and disinfecting. You need to clean your countertops and other surfaces before you disinfect them. Dirt and grime do not magically disappear. So do that first with your favorite cleaner or good ole fashioned soap and water. Then, it’s time to disinfect using a bleach solution or rubbing alcohol.
General tip: Both bleach and alcohol can be very aggressive on your skin. You may want to use rubber gloves to help protect your hands. Remember, self-care is the best care.
The Formula for Disinfecting
The Centers for Disease Control recommend a bleach solution diluted with water or a 70% alcohol solution for any high-tough surfaces.
· Always make sure have plenty of ventilation when making the formula and when disinfecting with bleach. A friend of mine once bleached their tub and almost passed out in it from the fumes. Not a good thing – ventilate!
· Don’t mix bleach with anything other than water. It could cause a dangerous chemical reaction. For example, bleach and alcohol is a deadly combination.
Follow this bleach recipe: 5 tablespoons (about 1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of hot water, or 4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of hot water.
When disinfecting you cannot just wipe down and go. You will want to leave bleach solutions on the surface for at least 10 minutes before you wipe them down and remove it.
Did you know bleach expires? Yep, it sure does. After 9 months have passed by, if your bleach smells less “bleachy” chances are it has lost its power of disinfecting.
Ran out of bleach and the store shelves are empty? If you have regular rubbing alcohol, either isopropyl or ethyl alcohol, works too if it is at least 70% alcohol according to the CDC. Look on your bottle to see the concentration levels. Bonus, it’s already diluted unlike bleach. What about vodka? You’ve seen those cleaning videos around social media. I don’t know of a vodka that has a 70% alcohol volume. If you know of one, let me know!
What surfaces need the most attention?
High-touch surfaces such as light switches, doorknobs, tables, remotes, banisters, toilets, faucets and sinks should be wiped down daily with a disinfectant daily and, if someone is sick even more often.
Not all your floors should be bleached.
Bathroom floors are typically nonporous, and the CDC recommends mopping with them and any other nonporous floors in your home with a bleach solution. However, hardwood floors and other porous floors main stain when bleach is applied to them. Use a disinfecting wet mop cloth without bleach instead.
Thinking of selling your home but concerned potential buyers could bring in germs?
The California Association of Realtors has provided selling and showing guidelines during the CO-VID 19 pandemic. These hygienic protocols include requiring visitors to wash their hands with soap and water or to use hand sanitizer prior to entering your home. Another precaution that could be taken is to have potential buyers wear booties prior to entering to reduce both dirt and germs from entering your home. Of course, after a potential buyer has been shown your home, perform your surface wipe-down routine. Open houses are currently being done virtually. In addition, virtual tours are being provided to potential buyers all in hopes of reducing exposure risk while still being able to serve the community. For a full list of the guidelines, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m always happy to help.