(April 12, 2020) We update this Contagion Cleaning Checklist every time we get a new tip. Share this page so loved ones and co-workers also know these sensible cleaning tips. See patterns and tutorials on how to make DIY masks here.
11 Often-Used Things That *Really* Need Cleaning:
- Sanitize your phone 1x per day or more if you’re a frequent user
- Wash your eyeglasses and sunglasses each time you sneeze, day, and more often if you’re sick or around someone sick.
- Headphones, earbuds and VR Headsets need frequent cleaning. We found a great article on How to Clean Your VR Headset at Road To VR that offers good advice for cleaning all your personal audio devices
- TV remotes and game controllers need cleaning each day they are used. If numerous people are using them, clean them between users.
- Rinse your hand- and electric-toothbrushes in a bacteria-killing mouthwash or use a sonic cleaner.
- Wash or wipe off your hairbrush handles, barrettes, and wash them well if you wore them while sick
- Clean surfaces on blow dryers and curling irons each time you use them. If the family shares these things, clean between users.
- Clean your camera, microphone, or lighting each time you use it
- Wipe down the steering wheel and inner and outer door handles, dashboard controls, garage door openers, and your keys or key fobs.
- It is important to wash the child car seat cover and wipe down every place your child may touch with a disinfectant spray or wipe.
- Wipe down handles, helmets and gloves worn when biking/scootering.
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7 High-Traffic Areas In Your Home That Get Yucky:
- Clean the doorknobs, refrigerator and drawer handles in your home
- Wipe the control panel for your HVAC and all your light plates
- Sanitize the knobs and switches on lamps that get used daily
- Clean your children’s plastic and rubber toys, get rid of porous toys
- If you use cloth towels in the kitchen, change them twice a day. Try to use paper towels at the kitchen and bathroom sink if you can
- Wash your hands after touching garbage and garbage cans
- Clean your mailbox handle/door. The postal carrier touches many things.
11 Personal Hygiene Habits for You and People You Assist:
- Use soap and water before and during food preparation, especially after you touch meat, or the garbage pail lid.
- Wash your hands before and after eating.
- If you cough or sneeze without tissue, aim for the crook of your elbow. After each time: Wash Your Hands!
- When people are sick, or out in public, use a tissue to open/close toilet lid and seat, and to flush the toilet handle. Dispose of tissue and wash your hands as long as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” two times.
- Read what the CDC says about the safest way to change diapers or clean up a child who has used the toilet.
- Use soap and water before and after caring for a person sick with a cold, Influenza (flu) or a coronavirus.
- Wash before and after treating a cut or wound for you or another person.
- When someone is coughing or sneezing stay 6 feet or 2 meters away.
- Train yourself to not touch your face, especially your mouth and nose.
- Carry hand sanitizer in your purse, backpack or car in case you can’t get to soap and water.
- Have tissue and a pen when you leave the house. Never use a public pen.
8 Smart Ways To Make Trips To Any Store Much Safer:
- Go off-peak to avoid the crowds
- Wipe down the handle of your shopping cart, wear disposable gloves if you can.
- Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others
- Pay with credit to reduce contact
- Throw away your gloves and or wipe your hands with sanitizer before getting in your vehicle
- Leave anything that does not need refrigeration outside (in the trunk is good) for at least 6 and up to 24 hours before bringing it in. When you bring it in, put on new gloves OR wash your hands immediately after putting the items on the table/counter.
- Wipe down any items before you put them away
- Wipe down the counter/table the items were on while putting away.
4 Ways to Keep You and Pet Accessories Clean
It is not believed that COVID-19 transmits from pets to humans, but humans can pass the virus back and forth to each other on the pet’s toys, bowls, leash, collars and fur. *Also*, some animals are reported to get COVID-19 from humans, though this seems rare. If everybody is snuggling the dog, germs could get passed.
- Each person in the household should wash hands each time after snuggling the family pets.
- Wash the dog bedding as often as is reasonable.
- Wash the dog leash, dog brush, ball thrower and poopy bag dispenser after using
- If you or someone is sick, keep all family pets away from the sick person. Have another member of the family or a friend walk and pet and feed them.
7 Public Places So Dirty You Should Use a Tissue or Glove:
Use tissue to touch the items in the list below:
- Public washroom doors and handles. Dispose of tissue and wash your hands.
- Shopping carts and basket handles (these are frighteningly filthy – try to wear disposable gloves)
- Check-out card swipers and ATM panels: wipe with a sanitizer wipe first if you cannot see the buttons through the tissue. If you hand your credit card to a merchant, take it back with a tissue and leave it in the tissue until you get home and clean it. Cashiers are exposed to a lot of germs.
- Elevator button panels (use your elbow if no tissue or gloves)
- Condiment jars on casual restaurant tables. Wipe off table before sitting.
- Staircase handrails (or use access elevator if unsteady on stairs)
- Door knobs and handles, and train and bus grab handles and poles (disposable gloves are best for this, we suggest SAS Safety Powder-Free Disposable Nitrile Gloves). Wipe down airplane and train lap trays and arm rests.
After you touch the item, fold the dirty side of the tissue inward, and dispose of the tissue without touching the contaminated surface.
5 Habits For Keeping the Office Clean:
Share this Contagion Cleaning Checklist with your co-workers so they can help keep the place virus-free. It takes everyone pulling together to beat this.
- Clean your computer or laptop keyboard, mouse, mousepad and desktop surface after lunch and before you go home for the day. You could pick up a virus at a lunch counter or in a conference room.
- Grab the coffee pot, refrigerator, door knobs and handles
- Touch bathroom door handles with a tissue (use a new one each time).
- Wash your hands when you arrive at office or back home from commuting, even if you touched everything with a tissue.
- If you carry a briefcase or backpack, wipe it down on arrival home.
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has a good infographic which explains how to minimize the spread of COVID-19 with personal protective, environmental and social distancing measures.
Not all healthcare workers agree on the effectiveness of masks against airborne germs. But, they *all* agree on the danger from hands and fingers spreading disease by touching infected surfaces. Share this Contagion Cleaning Checklist so your family and co-workers get on board. Wash. Your. Hands.