I am the Designated Disinfector in our house these days. This article explains how to keep your home healthy. Regular cleaning is great but it does not necessarily reduce bacteria growth on surfaces. You must sanitize, disinfect or sterilize.
Sanitizing is reducing microbial counts (numbers of bacteria and viruses) to safe levels. Disinfecting aims to destroy harmful growing microbes (bacteria & viruses) that can make us sick. Sterilizing aims to destroy all microbes. Typically, you should sanitize high-traffic areas in your house daily (i.e. bathrooms and kitchen) BUT during this pandemic, be sure to disinfectant every day—and if anyone becomes ill in your home, some items may even need sterilizing.
Disinfect surfaces using Clorox Regular Bleach or Clorox Disinfectant Wipes. (I suggest Clorox brand products as they meet COVID-19/EPA Emerging Pathogen Policy standards.) First, wash the surface with soap and water. Disinfect with a wipe, keep surface wet for 4 minutes and then let the surface air dry.
If using a bleach solution to disinfect, either purchase Clorox Clean-Up Spray Cleaner or mix 3/4 c Clorox Regular Bleach in 1 gallon of water. Wash surface with soap and water then disinfect until visibly wet. Let stand 5 minutes, rinse thoroughly with water and air dry.
All items that come in contact with food or mouths must be rinsed with warm water after using a disinfectant on the surface as bleach and other disinfecting solutions are toxic. Air drying is also an important part of the process.
What about using all-natural solutions? While vinegar and lemon juice do affect bacteria populations, they are not considered to be disinfectants. They contain acids that work as an antimicrobial, inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria. This homemade solution will get your surfaces clean but not disinfect them.
Source: Roxanna Coldiron; Clorox.com
20+ years of residential experience.