As mentioned above, the first step to effective disinfection is the proper cleaning of the surfaces.
(1) Steps in surface cleaning
– Wear disposable gloves to start the process.
– Clean surfaces using soap and water. Better use a scrubber for effective cleaning.
– Practice routine cleaning at home and disinfection may be required based on the level of use.
(2) Steps in disinfecting of surface
– Buy pre-made commercial (only EPA-approved) disinfectants that state that they will kill 99.9% of microorganisms. These are available at most stores.
– Alternatively, you can also make your own disinfectant solution using chlorine bleach. Prior to handling chlorine bleach make sure you cover your skin and eyes (rubber gloves and safety glasses). Simply mix 50 parts water to 1 part 5% chlorine bleach. This mixture can be used if you do not have commercially available disinfectants and will properly disinfect most surfaces.
– Put the mixture in a clean and dry spray bottle.
– Cover your face and wear disposable gloves to protect your hands.
– Spray the disinfectant solution on the surface.
– Let it sit for approximately 10 minutes.
– Finally, wipe the solution off the surface using a clean dry cloth.
Do you really need to disinfect your mobile and other daily used items?
Yes. For non-porous surfaces including electronics (e.g., mobile phones, tablets, touch screens) any solution containing more than 70% alcohol is recommended. You can use a soft cloth laden with an alcohol solution for disinfecting mobiles, mobile accessories, and wallets.
When disinfecting electronics, take care of the following:
– Avoid excessive wiping.
– Unplug all power sources, devices, and cables.
– Keep the alcohol-based liquids away from your device.
– Don’t allow moisture to get into any openings (of phone/tablet).
– Avoid spraying cleaners directly onto your device.