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These are the most frequently touched surfaces in your home that need to be regularly disinfected

COVID-19 has us all worried about something we cannot see. Experts have long reminded us to wash our hands (20 seconds at a minimium) and sneeze and cough correctly (side the elbows, everybody).

As COVID-19 cases began to rise in the country, more reminders came — this time to clean and regularly disinfect our belongings.

But what among our things need to be cleaned and disinfected the most?


Photo by twinsfisch on Unsplash
Photo by twinsfisch on Unsplash

According to popular disinfectant Lysol, things that often touched and shared by members of the household including:

  • doorknobs
  • light switches
  • countertops
  • faucets
  • remote controls
  • phones
  • laptop keyboards
  • kitchen surfaces

Of course, the bathroom — with the shower, the toilet, and a bathroom mat — need to be regularly disinfected, too.

What's the difference between cleaning and disinfecting, you may ask? According to the Center for Disease Control, "Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects" while "disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects." 

The Department of Health has also released guidelines on how to prevent COVID-19 from entering our homes, which includes allotting space, preferably near the door, for things coming from the outside (grocery bags, food deliveries, mail) as well as for things you bring with you when you go out (keys, bag, loose change).

According to the DOH, you clean the later by spraying bleach and water, or spray a disinfectant on them, while the former, you can remove from their original packaging so as to minimize the risk. — LA, GMA News