Based on what we know about the spread of coronavirus and COVID-19, cleaning of hard surfaces followed by disinfecting can help limit the spread of the virus in the household.  

Difference between Cleaning and Disinfecting: 

  • Cleaning – Uses soap or detergents and water to remove, but not kill, germs and dirt from surfaces. It lowers the number of viruses which helps lower the risk of spreading infection. 
  • Disinfecting – Uses chemicals to kill germs on surfaces after cleaning to further lower the risk of spreading infection.  

Here are 8 hard surfaces in your household to clean and disinfect regularly: 

  • Light switches 
  • Remote controls 
  • Desks 
  • Hard-backed chairs 
  • Tables & countertops 
  • Doorknobs and handles 
  • Sinks and faucets 
  • Toilets 

For more guidelines on cleaning and disinfecting, including for households with someone in isolation because of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 visit the CDC’s Prevention page here.

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