Clean homes are safe homes, for the people who live in them and the friends and family that come to visit. For anyone wondering what safety standards they should be cleaning to, with safety in mind, the latest CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting your home are essential.
We are passionate about cleaning and disinfecting solutions. And we want you to have the best information available. So, we’ve summarized the key CDC points below. Read on to find out about their latest recommendations!
Different steps for different situations
Broadly speaking, the CDC guidelines for cleaning are broken into:
- Everyday cleaning
- Cleaning when someone is sick
Of course, when a member of the household is sick (with COVID-19 or any other infectious illness), the recommended cleaning steps are quite a bit more intense. We’ll start by summarizing the daily steps. Then, we’ll detail the more thorough steps to follow when someone is ill.
Everyday cleaning recommendations
These are the 4 core recommendations made by the CDC for daily cleaning steps:
- Choose a household cleaning product or products with soap or detergent. This reduces the number of germs present after cleaning a surface.
- Focus on high-touch surfaces such as tables, counters, doorknobs, etc.
- Address other areas that are visibly dirty.
- Read and follow all safety and use instructions on the label of your chosen cleaning product(s).
CDC Cleaning recommendations when someone is sick
If a member of the household catches an infectious illness like COVID-19, or if an infected person has been in the home in the past 24 hours, the CDC recommends:
- Use a product specifically designated as a disinfectant.
- Isolate the sick person to their own separate bedroom and bathroom whenever possible.
- If the sick person is able, they should clean and disinfect any common items they interact with immediately after use.
- If the sick person can’t clean, any person interacting with them, entering their space or cleaning their items should wear gloves and a mask when doing so.
- Limit cleaning to what is absolutely necessary. This limits the risk of disease transmission through close contact.
- After a sick person has recovered and their quarantine is done, wait as long as possible to clean and disinfect their quarantine space. If you can wait more than 24 hours, disinfection is no longer necessary.
What to know about disinfectants
Our blog about how to choose a disinfectant covers the process of selecting an appropriate disinfectant in more detail. Generally speaking, it comes down to two key factors: Can it kill the virus or bacteria of concern, and can you use it safely?
Refer to the EPA List N tool to confirm if a product is considered capable of destroying COVID-19 virus on surfaces. For more information on how to use and interpret results on the EPA List N tool, you can refer to this step-by-step blog.
As for safe use, every disinfectant should come with a clear set of instructions and PPE requirements. Chemical disinfectants may require the use of gloves and skin protection, masks, or eye protection. Always wear the appropriate PPE to protect yourself while using a chemical disinfectant, and always wash your hands after use even if gloves were worn.
Are these guidelines likely to change?
While the CDC is always updating their recommendations based on the latest available research, the core steps outlined here are unlikely to change in a major way. The big exception would be if a new virus were to emerge. Just like with COVID-19, these recommendations would likely become much more stringent in the beginning. Then they would gradually relax over time, due to a better understanding of the virus.
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