Disinfecting is a task that should always be part of your normal cleaning routine, even though someone may or may not be sick at the time. When doing this, always check the label to make sure that whatever disinfectant you’re using works against whatever viruses you’re targeting, whether they be the cold, the flu, or in the case of recent events, coronavirus.

In terms of using disinfectant sprays, paper towels are actually better than sponges; however disposable disinfectant wipes are much more effective in the long run, as it allows more time for organisms to die.

Here are five things that should be regularly disinfected in your home.

Table Surfaces

All tables should be disinfected on a regular basis. This includes your living room table, kitchen table, night tables, play tables, etc. This is because these areas tend to host viruses such as the cold and the flu thanks in large part to the fact that they’re touched so often and not wiped down nearly as much as they should be.

Phones

It’s also a good idea to disinfect your phone on a regular basis as well – both cell phones and landline phones. Statistics show that approximately 80% of phones that are located in homes also have a child with the flu also contain the flu virus on the phones themselves. Flu and cold viruses can survive on these specific devices anywhere from a few hours to upwards of a few days.

Bathroom

Your home’s bathroom is another extremely important area that should always be disinfected on a regular basis. In fact, half of all bathroom faucets contain cold and flu viruses whenever anyone in a household has either of these illnesses. The faucets will often get contaminated due to the fact that the hand of a sick person will get placed on that particular surface. Consider providing a sick person with their own hand towel rather than risking sharing the same hand towel with them.

Laundry

All sheets, towels, and blankets should also be disinfected on a regular basis as well. The best way to do this is to wash them at a high water temperature while, at the same time, using a color-safe bleach detergent. This will ensure that they are properly disinfected. Once you have handled these, you will then want to make sure that you wash your hands as thoroughly as possible.

Remotes

Additionally, it’s also a good idea to take the time to disinfect the remote control for your television as well. This is because this specific item is perhaps one of the most touched and least cleaned items that can be found in any home. For instance, if someone sneezes into their hand and then ends up touching the remote to change the channel, turn up the volume, etc., then their germs will end up getting onto the remote itself, which can then run the risk of causing someone else to get sick as a result.

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