How to Clean Your Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Detailed advice from doctors and health policy experts

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What’s the most important thing in your house to clean? No question: It’s your hands.

What’s the most important thing in your house to clean?

The CDC guidelines recommend “routine” cleaning and disinfecting. What counts as routine?

How does cleaning and disinfecting change if someone in the household is diagnosed with or is presumed to have Covid-19?

What can you do if you can’t get your hands on bleach?

If soap and water are best for hands, will they also work for doorknobs and other surfaces?

Use your good judgment. “If you’re bringing germs into the house, kill them.”

What’s the best approach for kitchen countertops?

How long do you need to leave the product on a surface to disinfect it?

Do you need to be worried about cleaning upholstered furniture, too? What about surfaces that are more delicate and might be damaged by strong cleaning products, like antiques and wood?

How can you make sure your dishes are clean enough?

If you live alone, can you clean and disinfect less often?

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