Apr 27, 2020 |
CNN – During the present pandemic, keeping your toilets, sinks, counters, and showers as germ-free as possible is key to keeping you and your family healthy.
The coronavirus is known to live on hard surfaces for up to three days. Your bathroom has plenty of those.
“Any household disinfectants will work against this virus,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “And soap and water work perfectly well.”
We’ve got a guide to help you think about the area of your house that could become ground zero of the fight against coronavirus.
Start by making sure to wash your hands.
It’s important to focus on cleaning “high-touch” areas of your bathroom including light switches, doorknobs, and the sink areas in particular.
That can also include less obvious areas everyone in the house likely touches, including showerheads, shower curtains, and around the toilet seat.
Anything that people touch should be cleaned, whether they have symptoms or not.
That includes hairdryers, electric toothbrushes, shavers, or other appliances in the bathroom. (You may not have touched razors recently if you’re trying to grow out a gnarly quarantine beard.)
It pays to be thorough because droplets capable of carrying the virus can really get around within your bathroom.
For instance, one study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology showed that particles and droplets can be spread up to 6 feet when you flush with the seat up.
“You don’t have to panic clean,” said Brian Sansoni, a spokesman for the American Cleaning Institute. But he emphasized that you need to make sure you’re cleaning correctly.
After you wipe down hard surfaces like sinks and countertops, make sure to leave them wet for 3 to 5 minutes. Who knew?
Turns out, the professionals do. The American Cleaning Institute recommends letting the surfaces air-dry, and then rinse them with water … Read more.