How to Disinfect Your Home Yourself

Need to disinfect your home but can’t afford a professional? Here are our trusted tips for cleaning your home!

When trying to disinfect your house, the goal is to break the soil load.  First you must clean to remove the soil and then apply disinfectant, to bacteria and viruses like Covid-19.  

First step: Remove the soil load by cleaning!

  1. Engage in spring cleaning, clear clutter – Home clutter can harbor pollutants, lead to infection and result in an unhygienic space.

  2. Use soap and water on hard surfaces.

  3. Start at the top of the room and work your way down.

  4. Emphasize cleaning touch points. People are not precise when touching objects. Touch point cleaning should extend past the touch point 3-12 inches.

  5. A trigger sprayer and wipe cloth can be used for cleaning most touch points. A foam applicator allows you to see what is covered and allows the product to stay on the surface longer without drying. Always read directions for instructions on application and dwell time.

  6. Spray the cloth rather than the object. 

  7. Fold your towels into 8 squares(instead of wadding them up)  Wipe one direction at a time, left to right. Refold to a clean square and repeat.

Second step: Apply disinfectants!

  1. Look for an antimicrobial or disinfectant approved by the EPA or FDA for the purpose of surface sanitization or listed in the EPA’s “Emerging Pathogen/listN”  or that meet the requirements of the emerging pathogens procedures for enveloped viruses (the class of organism of the SARS-cov-2) applied in accordance with label directions. 

  2. Apply it in accordance with the label directions.