How Often Should You Disinfect Your Home?

Most of us know that our homes require frequent cleaning. Still, when it comes to disinfecting our homes, there is some debate and confusion as to how often it is necessary. If you’re wondering how frequently you need to disinfect your home to keep it safe and sanitary, consider the following.

What Are The CDC’s Cleaning Recommendations?

Although COVID-19 has changed the way people clean and view disinfection, the current cleaning recommendations from the CDC remain similar to their past recommendations. However, they urge individuals to be extra vigilant, especially when they have visitors coming in or out of their homes.

Daily Cleaning Recommendations

It’s a good idea to clean frequently touched surfaces regularly and disinfect them with common household cleaners. If you’ve had guests, make sure to wipe down the following surfaces daily:

– Light switches
– Doorknobs
– Pull cords
– Faucets
– Locks
– Handles
– Countertops
– Drawer and cabinet knobs

Germs and illnesses are easily transmitted via these surfaces, so disinfecting them regularly works well to prevent transmission. You’ll also want to consider cleaning the places in your bathroom that are frequently touched.


Every Few Days

Other areas need to be cleaned every few days. These areas can include toilets, sinks, and bathtubs. Use a cleaner like Lysol, diluted bleach, or bleach-related products for these stubborn areas. They harbor germs and bacteria and can create unhealthy conditions if they aren’t cleaned regularly. 

If the bathrooms and kitchen in your home are used by multiple people daily, you’ll also want to bump up your disinfection efforts to ensure everyone stays healthy and safe. Not only do you need to consider COVID-19, but you also need to remain vigilant against flu viruses, cold germs, and staph bacteria. 

Weekly Cleaning

If you want to maintain a good level of cleanliness in your home, it will need to be disinfected all over once per week. Some areas to concentrate your weekly cleaning efforts on include your floors, walls, and appliances, such as your refrigerator. 

If you clean inside your refrigerator, be sure to wipe the cleaner off completely so that food doesn’t become contaminated or make anyone sick. If you clean out the cabinets, wipe those down too, because your utensils and plates will come into contact with the cleaner. Cleaners that disinfect aren’t safe for human consumption.

The best method to keep track of weekly cleaning is to write down a list of areas to concentrate on and make sure someone cleans each location for the best results. 

Seasonal Cleaning And Disinfection

The rest of your home should be disinfected seasonally. At the beginning of each season, clean hard-to-reach areas and items that are less frequently touched. Some examples include curtains, baseboards, ceiling fans, and windows. Be sure to use a product approved for use on those particular materials to avoid damage. 

Keeping your home clean and sanitary is the best way to protect yourself and others from germs, bacteria, and viruses that cause illness and diseases. Make a list of the places you need to disinfect and when, and stick to the schedule.

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