LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — With the COVID-19 pandemic, experts have been telling us to keep ourselves and our most commonly used spaces, like cars and homes, clean. However, we want to make sure we’re actually killing germs.
When doing household cleaning, tables and counters may be the first items that come to mind. You don’t want to forget about smaller, frequently touched items though, like door knobs, light switches and remote controls.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the best method is to clean and then disinfect. Yes, those are two different things. Cleaning will remove germs, but not kill them. Wipe away any dirt, dust or other contaminants with soap and water first, then follow up with disinfectant, either a wipe or spray.
Most disinfecting products founds in stores will work, but if you want to make sure, the Environmental Protection Agency has a list of products that will kill the coronavirus on its website.
When using a disinfectant, it’s important to let it air dry fully. The surface must be wet for at least a few minutes for all germs to be killed. Check the product label for more detailed instructions.
The same air-dry method also applies to using hand sanitizer. When you’re in a rush, it’s easy to put it on quickly and move on. However, in order for it to properly kill germs, you need to rub your hands together, covering all surfaces, including between your fingers and on your fingertips. Rub hands together for 30 seconds and allow the hand sanitizer to completely dry. Don’t touch anything until your hands are dry.