First clean, then disinfect
- Cleaning: Removing dirt (and the germs in the dirt). Cleaning doesn’t kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers.
- Disinfecting: Killing germs, using things like Dettol or bleach.
So we want to clean first, to get the major part out of the way, and then disinfect to kill what germs are left.
It is really good to clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily — such as doorknobs, light switches, phones, tables, chairs, tablets, touch screens, remote controls, keyboards, handles, desks, toilets, sinks.
Other things to do to keep it clean
- Remove shoes when coming inside (in India a lot of us already do this).
- Consider having one special place to put your jacket, hat, anything else you were wearing outside.
- Wash your clothes more often than usual.
- Consider having another pair of shappul (sandals, slip-ons) inside the toilet, and then never going into the toilet barefoot or with outside shoes, and never wearing the “toilet shappul” outside the toilet.
More about cleaning
- Cleaning and disinfection at CDC.gov
Written 6 April 2020; revised 6 April 2020.