Common high-touch surfaces include:
- Door handles
- Tables and chairs
- Kitchen & bathroom surfaces
- Taps and toilet lids
- Light switches
- Mobile phones and computers
- Remote controls
- Children’s toys
When cleaning around your home, UNICEF advises to always follow cleaning product instructions for safe and effective use. Protect yourself by wearing rubber gloves and making sure you have good ventilation. If a surface is dirty, first clean it with soap or detergent and water. Then use a disinfectant product containing alcohol of 70%, or bleach. Remember that it’s important not to wipe cleaning solutions off too quickly. Many products, such as wipes and sprays, must stay wet on a surface for several minutes to be effective.
Other COVID-19 cleaning tips to consider include:
- Although it’s not clear how long COVID-19 can survive on fabric, good practice is removing your shoes when you enter your home and changing into clean clothes after being in crowded places.
- Don’t shake dirty laundry to minimise the possibility of dispersing possible virus through the air.
- Launder items with soap or detergent, using the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely — both steps help to kill the virus.
- After handling laundry, immediately wash hands with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
*Washing hands with soap and water or use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is one of the World Health Organization recommended measures to help reduce risk of coronavirus infection. Please follow additional guidelines recommended by health authorities like WHO or CDC/local health authorities.
*As per lab test.