Cleaning with a household cleaner that contains soap or detergent reduces the amount of germs on surfaces and decreases the risk of infection from surfaces. In most situations, cleaning alone removes most virus particles on surfaces.
When and how to clean surfaces in your home:
- Clean high-touch surfaces regularly (for example, daily) and after you have visitors in your home.
- Focus on high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, tables, handles, light switches, and countertops.
- Clean surfaces using a product suitable for each surface, following instructions on the product label.
- Take steps in your home to limit contamination of surfaces from airborne particles or from touching surfaces with contaminated hands.
Don’t forget about public places, too:
- Shopping carts, door handles and gas pumps can gather germs quickly.
- Credit cards, car keys, phones and similar items are also used often in public and should be sanitized frequently.
- Places such as break rooms, locker rooms and waiting areas can also aid the spread of viruses.