Healthy Homes Guide to Cleaning and Disinfection

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These selected resources cover information on how to keep your home clean and minimize infection. We encourage you to review them for more detail, but the key messages are:

  1. Cleaning and disinfecting is a two-step process. For more information on the distinction between cleaning and disinfecting, see our Introduction.
  2. Focus on frequently touched surfaces. Especially if you are short on time or juggling other priorities, you should focus on cleaning surfaces that are touched often throughout the day. This includes tables and chairs, doorknobs, light switches, electronics, handles, sinks, and toilets.
  3. Wash hands frequently. In addition to cleaning and disinfecting, all household members should clean their hands with soap and water often. See our Hand Hygiene and PPE section for more information.
  4. Increase ventilation. Increased air flow helps dilute virus droplets in the air. Easy ways to do this include opening windows, running windows, or opening fir dampers. See our Ventilation section for more information.

When someone is sick in your home, you should follow these steps:

  • Keep a separate bedroom and bathroom for the sick person, if possible.
  • Limit your contact with the person who is sick and wear disposable gloves when cleaning areas they have used. See our Hand Hygiene and PPE section for further guidance.
  • Open windows and increase ventilation to outside air as possible. See our Ventilation section for more information.
  • Keep a dedicated trash can for the person who is sick.
  • If sharing a bathroom, clean the bathroom after each use by the infected person.

Resources

CDC: Cleaning and Disinfecting for Households
This page covers hand hygiene and cleaning recommendations for hard and soft surfaces, electronics, and laundry.

CDC: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home
Review this page for clear and concise recommendations on cleaning hard and soft surfaces, laundry, and dealing with the bedroom, bathroom, food, and trash when someone is sick.

Safer Disinfectant Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic
This guide includes steps to disinfect safely, including how to wash sponges and towels after using them to clean surfaces.

Safely Cleaning Your Home
This website includes a FAQ section, including steps to keep your home environment healthy by addressing mold, pests, and indoor air quality.

12 Places to Clean in Your Home to Prevent the Spread of Illness
This resource lists 12 frequently touched areas to clean in your home: doorknobs, light switches, handles, hard-backed chairs, desks, tables, countertops, toilets, faucets, sinks, remote controls, and toiletries and makeup.