Waushara County Health News

Cleaning and disinfecting your homes

Everyone has been encouraged to frequently clean and disinfect their homes and work areas lately.

According to the Center of Disease Control, cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces or objects.  Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. Have you looked in your supply cabinet? Do you have what it takes to make the cleaning and disinfecting effective?

Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces with soap and water including: tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.  Once the area is clean you can start disinfecting.

It is important to read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure safe and effective use of all disinfectants.  Each product has its own application method and suggested contact time.  Avoid using expired disinfectant as it may not be effective against COVID-19.  EPA registered household disinfectants or diluted household bleach solutions may be used.   To make a bleach solution mix 5 tablespoons (⅓ cup) bleach per gallon of water OR 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water. This solution can be wiped onto a surface and allowed to air-dry. Remember when diluting a household bleach solution, it should only be used for 24 hours and then disposed of.

You may want to consider a wipeable cover for electronic devices.  If there is no guidance on cleaning and disinfecting from the manufacturer, use alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol and dry surface thoroughly.


Launder items accord-ing to manufacturer’s instructions.  Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.

Continue washing your hands, practicing cough and sneeze etiquette, limiting non-essential outings and practicing social distancing.