These Are the High-Touch Surfaces You Should Clean and Disinfect Daily

Cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces in your home is something we all should do, even if we aren't leaving the house. Here are high-touch surfaces to clean and disinfect daily.

Strike your home’s high-touch surfaces

Whenever you bring in the mail or takeout meals, or anytime people come and go, there’s a risk of exposure to new germs. Transmission from person-to-person is a much greater possibility than transmission from surfaces, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends we clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in our homes daily to be safe.

According to the CDC, “High-touch surfaces are surfaces that are handled frequently throughout the day by numerous people.” Everyone’s home is a little different, so the surfaces we touch the most will vary depending on habits and routines. Some examples of high-touch surfaces in homes include:

  • Doorknobs
  • Sink faucets and knobs
  • Light switches
  • Phones
  • Computers
  • Table surfaces
  • Dining chairs (seat, back and arms)
  • Kitchen counters
  • Bathroom counters
  • Toilets (seat and handle)
  • TV remote controls
  • Game controllers
  • Toys

These high-touch surfaces can become contaminated by direct contact with bodily fluids or indirect contact with other contaminated objects, such as ineffectively-cleaned sponges or badly-washed hands.

How to clean these surfaces

Begin cleaning your often-used surfaces by getting rid of dust or dirt. Wipe with soapy water or a multi-purpose cleaning spray. Use a fresh hand towel for each surface cleaned.

Next, apply a surface-appropriate disinfectant. Some examples include Clorox, Lysol, isopropyl alcohol and hydrogen peroxide.

Originally Published on The Family Handyman

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