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Cleaning and Disinfecting (Killing Germs)

Cleaning and Disinfecting (Killing Germs)


The Center for Disease Control shares information on how to clean your home from COVID-19 if someone is sick. 

Cleaning dirty surfaces followed by disinfection (killing germs) is best for preventing COVID-19 in homes.  

  • Cleaning is the removal of germs and dirt from surfaces. Cleaning does not kill germs; it removes them and lowers their numbers. 
  • Disinfecting is using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This is done after a surface is cleaned.


Disinfecting with Bleach

How to create and use a quick, inexpensive, and effective disinfectant for hard surfaces using liquid household bleach. Watch this video.

Michigan State University- Disinfecting with Bleach Fact Page

Clorox - How to Make your Own Disinfecting Solution




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