Finally Over the Flu? 25 Household Surfaces to Disinfect

Finally Over the Flu? 25 Household Surfaces to Disinfect

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Regina Yunghans
Nov 21, 2014
(Image credit: Rebecca Bond)

If your household has been hit by norovirus, the flu, or other such illness, first of all: you have my sympathies. When your symptoms subside, you'll likely be up to your eyeballs in laundry, washing linens and clothing as soon as you have the energy. But don't overlook these germ catch-alls as soon as you're up for disinfecting your home:

Using a solution of 2 tablespoons of bleach per one quart of water, wipe with a damp cloth or use a spray bottle (which can be kept on hand to easily re-disinfect if others are still ill). Here are some obvious (and a few easy-to-overlook) surfaces to be sure to hit:

  • light switches
  • lamp switches
  • doorknobs
  • thumb turns on door locks
  • handrails
  • toilet flush levers
  • faucet handles
  • hand soap and lotion pumps
  • buttons and knobs on televisions, stereos, and other electronics
  • remote controls
  • telephone buttons and mouthpieces
  • cell phones
  • charging plugs
  • computer keyboard
  • thermostat buttons
  • refrigerator door handles
  • cabinet door handles
  • oven door handle and knobs
  • water pitcher handle
  • dish soap bottle
  • table rims
  • chair backs
  • window shade handles or pulls
  • keys
  • car door handles and steering wheel

Whew! Seems like a long list, but it goes quickly to do a walkthrough and swipe each surface you're often in contact with.

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