Disinfect Clothing, Textiles and Your Hamper, Too

Experts says that the novel #coronavirus lasts less than 24 hours on textiles, and doing laundry using regular soap and a hot dry cycle should #disinfect most garments effectively. You should disinfect any surfaces that the clothing came into contact with, however, including the hamper and your hands. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, and clean and disinfect the hamper as you would similar household surfaces. Last, don’t forget to #sanitize outerwear, purses and backpacks with a spray or wipe.

Disinfect High-Touch Surfaces in the Home

The CDC recommends you disinfect high-touch surfaces inside your home daily to prevent the spread of COVID-19, particularly if anyone has entered or exited recently. The novel coronavirus can survive up to three days on surfaces, so target doorknobs; tabletops; kitchen and bathroom sinks, counters and faucets; toilets; light switches; remote controls and game controllers; and phones and tablets. Use an EPA-approved disinfectant appropriate to the surface you wish to keep virus-free.

Wash Your Hands to Prevent COVID-19

Washing your hands is the CDC’s top preventive measure to lower the risk of contracting the novel coronavirus or passing it along to others. Wash your hands after you cough, sneeze, touch your face or use the bathroom. Wash before and after you change locations, too — when you leave for and return from a grocery store or pharmacy, for example. Frequent washing can leave your hands dry and chapped, of course, so be sure to moisturize with a dab of lotion when necessary.