Cupboard and drawer knobs/pulls
Kitchen and bathroom counters
Toilets, especially the seat and handle
Refrigerator, dishwasher, oven and microwave handles
Remote controls and game controllers
Cell phones, tablets and other mobile devices
Computer keyboards and mice
Door knobs/handles
Table surfaces
Staircase railings
Light switches/switch plates

Frequently cleaning and disinfecting your home is essential for keeping yourself and your family safe and healthy. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces at least once a day even if you’re not leaving the house. That’s because anytime items or people come in and out of your home, there’s some possibility of exposure to viruses and bacteria.

The Difference Between Cleaning and Disinfecting

It’s important to note that cleaning a surface – simply removing dirt and particles – is not the same thing as disinfecting it to kill viruses and bacteria.

There are many products you can use to clean hard surfaces, like soapy water and vinegar. And while cleaning high-traffic surfaces to remove contaminants, dust and debris is a necessary step of cleaning your home, you still need to disinfect those surfaces from viruses like the novel coronavirus.