COVID19 Cleaning and Disinfection

Handwashing with soap and water is still the best way to prevent transmission per the CDC. Person to person transmission via respiratory droplets is the most common mode as opposed to fomite (object) spread. Gloves are not recommended.

  • Here is why soap thoroughly kills coronavirus, and may be better than hand sanitizer.
  • Here is a general guide to disinfecting your home to prevent spread of illness.
  • Here is a good guide to disinfectants (both homemade and purchased)

A homemade dilute bleach solution- 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water– is good for wiping down surfaces, high touch areas.

If your household has someone isolated in home care for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 you should clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks) in addition to any areas inhabited by/touch by the patient.