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If the last year has taught us anything it’s how we can quickly and effectively adapt to viruses outside and inside the home. For starters, if someone in your home becomes ill, here are some ways that you can keep your home clean and thoroughly disinfected. One of the first things the CDC recommends is limiting access to the rest of the house for the person that is ill. This can be done by designating a room and bathroom that is that one individuals only two places they go, if possible. After the individual is quarantined to one area of the home, it’s time to disinfect the rest.

    1. Clean with a mask on and use disposable gloves. If you do not have disposable gloves, be sure to wash your hands between cleaning areas with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds.
    2. Use cleaning products that state “kills 99.9% of viruses “ or has the words “antibacterial” on them. In general, after cleaning a surface, such as a countertop, doorknob, or the floor with it, it takes a minimum of 10 minutes for the virus to be killed with the product.
    3. Ensure that there is adequate ventilation in the area of the home that is designated. Opening or cracking windows in other parts of the home is a good idea too, air circulation is great!
    4. Be sure to clean all clothing following the manufacturer’s recommended preferred cleaning.
    5. To clean carpeted areas, use a shampooer that has soap and water in it. Let sit and then rinse the area.
    6. Wipe down all surfaces with a disinfectant, doors, doorknobs, light switches, leather couches, and seating areas, fridge, microwave, oven, and cabinets doors as well.

For more information on the steps you can take to properly disinfect your home if someone in it is sick, visit here.