Disinfection is one of the best ways to fight the novel coronavirus in your daily life. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends using 70 percent alcohol solutions, EPA-registered household disinfectant spray or homemade diluted household bleach solutions to clean and disinfect so-called “high-touch surfaces” daily in household common areas. These “high-touch surfaces” include tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets and sinks, among other things.
Though the CDC’s list is a great start, there are a number of high-touch surfaces that may have slipped your mind. In fact, some of the dirtiest spots in your house are hiding in the most unlikely places. Here are spots you should start disinfecting now if you haven’t been already.
Think of your smartphone as the third hand you never wash. According to a survey by Deloitte, Americans check their phones about 47 times per day, giving germs plenty of opportunities to move from your fingers to your phone, even if you are washing your hands as much as the CDC recommends right now. In fact, scientists at the University of Arizona have found that cell phones carry 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats.
To clean your phone, spray a non abrasive or alcohol-based disinfectant directly on a soft lint-free cloth and wipe down the device — front, sides and back — while it is powered down and unplugged. Do not use bleach. Wipe down your device and let it dry before turning it back on.