How To Clean Your House To Protect Against Coronavirus and Other Infections

by Faith

Millions of lives around the world have been disrupted because of the global pandemic happening right now.

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has infected more than 200,000 people worldwide and caused more than 8000 deaths.

Many states, cities, and even entire countries have gone into lockdown.

Schools have closed, curfew imposed, malls have been deserted and businesses closed.

This is a terrifying time. Even a seemingly harmless cough or sneeze can bring you dirty stares in the public.

As parents, we are definitely very concerned about keeping our homes clean to keep any virus at bay.

We want to protect our children and try our best to make sure they don’t fall sick in such a time.

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Our local health ministry has been working overtime keeping the citizens updated on the latest progress of the local coronavirus situation.

They have also sent us a detailed and incredibly useful set of guidelines on how to clean your homes to protect against coronavirus. This is also the recommended way to disinfect your homes to prevent the spread of any infections like the flu.

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How To Clean Your House To Protect Against Coronavirus and Other Infections

Items to prepare for home cleaning:

  • Disposable gloves
  • Surgical mask
  • An appropriate disinfectant with an indication of effectiveness against coronavirus/flu virus, or bleach solution
  • A change of clothes
  • Plastic/trash bags
  • Water
  • Disposable cloths or rags
  • Pail/bucket
  • Mop


  1. Wear a surgical mask and gloves. Do not touch your face.
  2. Prepare disinfectant or bleach solution according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. Keep windows open for ventilation.

Cleaning guidelines for surfaces

  1. Prepare a disinfectant/bleach solution to mop floors from one end of the home to another.
  2. Soak cloths with disinfectant/bleach solution. Wipe all frequently touched areas and toilet surfaces.
  3. Frequently touched areas include doorknobs, armrests, seatbacks, tables, keyboards, mouse, switches, blinds, windows, walls, etc)
  4. Clean toilets, including the toilet bowl and all accessible surfaces in the toilet with disinfectant or bleach solution.
  5. Do not use a spray pack to apply disinfectant as it may create splashes that can further spread the virus.

Cleaning guidelines for fabrics

  1. Machine-wash bedding and other fabrics with detergent.
  2. If a person is still being tested for novel coronavirus or is displaying flu-like symptoms, DO NOT use mattresses, pillows, carpets, or cushions that have been used by them until they are determined to be free of infection.

Finishing up

  1. Repeat mopping the floor with the prepared disinfectant or bleach solution, starting from one end of the home to another. Avoid going from an area that has not been cleaned to an area that has been cleaned so as not
    to dirty the already cleaned area.
  2. Throw away all used cloths and rags and other waste from the clean-up into double-lined plastic/trash bags.
  3. Remove gloves, wash your hands with soap and water.
  4. Remove surgical mask, wash your hands with soap and water.
  5. Throw gloves and mask into double-lined plastic/trash bags.
  6. All waste generated from clean-up should be segregated from other household waster and disposed of as regular waste ASAP.
  7. Shower and change your clothes immediately after the clean-up.
  8. Air and ventilate your home.

If you want to print out the above cleaning guidelines, you can access the printable cleaning checklist right here

How To Clean Your House To Protect Against Coronavirus and Other Infections

For the latest updates on the spread of coronavirus around the world, check out this interactive by The Guardian.

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Amy Gougler March 19, 2020 - 11:39 am

Thanks for these tips! Great suggestions for people to keep their homes and themselves clean and healthy!

Faith March 20, 2020 - 10:14 am

Thanks for checking out these cleaning guidelines! Stay safe and well!

Kimberlie March 20, 2020 - 7:40 am

Thank you for the detailed steps about how to decontaminate yourself after cleaning your home to make it safe. Those are the steps I was not so sure of as it relates to the order in which to remove safety supplies.

Faith March 20, 2020 - 10:13 am

When I first learned about those steps, I thought they were quite cumbersome. But they make so much sense and I think most of us would easily overlook that! I’m Glad to know that you have found these cleaning guidelines helpful! Take care!

Sara L Annis March 21, 2020 - 7:27 am

Thank you for sharing these tips! I know I am going to be using this extra time at home to do some spring cleaning.

Faith March 23, 2020 - 6:05 am

That sounds like a great idea! I am so glad you found the house cleaning guidelines useful! Don’t forget to download the free printable cleaning checklist for your easy reference! Take care!


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