Using household chemicals

Using household chemicals

12 April 2020 . Posted by Laurelyn in Tips and Tricks

As health care providers, we are experienced in keeping surfaces meticulously clean and disinfected. Today, we'd like to share with you some common household chemicals that you can use to stay safe, happy and healthy in your home.

It's important to make a daily habit of cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, countertops, sinks, taps, tables, phones and keyboards.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise that chemical disinfectants such as bleach, alcohol and hydrogen peroxide are best at killing COVID-19.

Household Bleach Dilute ¼ cup of bleach in 1 gallon of cold water. Household surfaces that won’t be damaged by bleach should get at least 10 minutes of exposure.

Alcohol A 70% alcohol solution has been found to be most effective in killing the virus. The solution should be left on surfaces for 30 seconds.

Hydrogen Peroxide It’s typically sold in concentrations of 3% and can be used as is or diluted to 0.5% concentration. It should be left on surfaces for 1 minute before wiping. It’s also used in dentistry as a 60 second rinse.

It should go without saying that you should not drink or inhale any of these chemicals, and you should always follow the manufacturer's safety and dilution instructions. Always wear gloves (and protective eye wear if possible) when preparing solutions and while cleaning. Do your research and stay safe!