Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Cleaning and disinfecting our homes has always been a priority, but never more so than since the novel coronavirus pandemic. Early March, spending on general household cleaning products reportedly increased by 141%. Items like bleach, dish detergents and disinfectants in particular were in demand.

And as Dr Liz Scott, professor at Simmons University and consultant in home and community hygiene and infection control, mentioned during Good Housekeepingof Discover Cleaning: Inside & Out Summit, it makes sense for people to be hyper-focused on the surfaces of their homes during this time.

“What we have learned during the current pandemic is that infectious agents can be transmitted very easily through common contact surfaces (such as doorknobs, faucets, remote controls and digital devices)”, she declared. “We have learned that we can catch this virus on our hands … then we move around the indoor environment and we touch these surfaces, we drop the virus on these surfaces, and unfortunately the next person who arrives can. catch on the hands. “

But of course, the subject of your home’s safety is vast, which is why our editors and the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute’s cleaning lab put together this guide to cleaning and disinfecting your home during a pandemic to hope for a little more. less stressful.

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