High-Touch Surfaces to 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

Cleaning and disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces in your home is something we all should do, even if we aren’t leaving the house. 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. Here are some more cleaning tips straight from the CDC.

“High-touch surfaces are surfaces that are handled frequently throughout the day by numerous people,” according to the CDC. 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, including badly washed hands. You’ll also want to make sure you wash your hands immediately after touching these things.

How to clean these surfaces

  1. 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.
  2. Next, apply a surface-appropriate disinfectant. Some examples include Clorox, Lysol, isopropyl alcohol, and hydrogen peroxide. Here are the things you should never clean with antibacterial wipes.

Remember to always wear gloves while cleaning and understand the differences between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting.

Originally Published on The Family Handyman