Things to Disinfect / Sanitize During Covid-19

There were times when we use to just be worried about the seasonal flu that came with running and stuffy nose, and continuous coughing. But now coronavirus has made us more cautious about falling sick. It is important to disinfect certain things to keep yourself and your family healthy during this time.

CDC has taken out guidelines on how to clean your products. Not all disinfectants are effective at killing this virus so you should refer to CDC’s list of approved disinfectants that are supposed to be effective against the COVID-19. 

When you are disinfecting, you should focus on the things and spots that you touch the most. Here is the list of 11 things that you should sanitize right away to avoid getting the virus.

Sanitize your cell phone & Its pouch

Your cell phones have the highest number of germs even more than the toilet seats. Most of you touch your cell phone the maximum number of times throughout the day. Some of you might be holding it while reading this. So, even if you are washing your hands properly but, not sanitizing your phone then it is of no use as you will again get germs on your hands. 

It is important to sanitize your phone correctly without damaging it with water. Clean your hands before starting to sanitize. Wipe the surface of the phone with an antibacterial microfiber cloth. Do not spray the disinfectant on the screen but spray it on the cloth. Dip a clean cloth in 70% isopropyl alcohol. Remove your phone case and wipe it with this cloth and let it dry. 

Clean your keyboard


Your keyboard is full of germs and you spend hours clicking the keys. It is difficult to clean all the keys so let us tell you how to quickly clean your keyboard. Unplug the keyboard and turn it upside down. Use compressed air to get rid of dust and small crumbs that are stuck in the keys. Take a clean cloth and dip it in 70% isopropyl alcohol. Use this cloth to wipe the surface but be careful that the liquid does not go inside the keyboard. 

Disinfect the doorknobs and switchboards

Another most prominent places where the germs stay are the doorknobs and the light switches. You should disinfectant all the switchboards especially the ones that are used the most like the bathroom switches. CDC has recommended Clorox disinfecting wipes to clean the areas. While cleaning the switches, you should make sure that the liquid does not go into the outlet. While using any disinfectant product, you should read the instructions to get an idea about how long you need to leave the product on the surface to effectively kill the germs. 

Clean the kitchen counters and faucets properly

sanitize kitchen top

You clean your kitchen counters daily but when there is a flu season you deep clean them. The counters and faucets are the places that are touched by the family members very often. To keep these areas free from germs, spray disinfectant and follow the instructions for how long you should keep it.

Sanitize the blankets and the stuffed animals

sanitize blanket

If you have kids at home then you should make sure that their stuffed animals are disinfected. Check the label on them to see if you can machine wash them. If you can put them inside the washing machine then use the hot water setting along with the laundry disinfectant and let it dry completely.

Disinfectant your desk

working desk

During this time, people are advised to work from home. Your desk is the place that you will be sitting most of the time. You should make sure that you sanitize it. Use a disinfecting wipe or spray on the surface of the desk and the chair you are sitting on. Sanitize all the surfaces and things you touch like files, drawers, stationary, etc. 

Clean the TV, AC and all remotes

In between the coronavirus outbreak, you are advised to stay at home. When you have more time to be at home, you spend more time watching Netflix. So you should deep-clean all your remotes. Remove the batteries before cleaning it. Dip a clean cloth in 70% isopropyl alcohol and use it to clean the surface of the remote. Use a Q-tip to clean the buttons. Let the remote completely dry before  you put back the batteries. Once you sanitize the remote, you can watch Netflix and chill!

Clean your finger rings

finger ring

You should wash, spray and scrub your hands now and then but that does not clean the rings that you are wearing. You will have to sanitize your rings. This might make you worried about damaging your piece of jewelry. But CDC recommends that you should use sanitizers that have 60% of alcohol content to clean your rings. Your metal will stay in shape and it won’t damage your diamonds and sapphire. It might affect the sparkle over time but that is not permanent. A quick soak in the ultrasound will bring back its sparkle. 

Sanitize your wrist thread

There are a lot of people who wear wrist thread in India and that is one another place where germs can reside. You need to sanitize it or remove it to get rid of the bacteria. You can sanitize it with a cloth that is dipped in 70% isopropyl alcohol. Clean the thread properly and let it dry. 

Do not forget to sterilize your wristwatch

There are a lot of people who wear wrist watch daily either to look at the time or to track their fitness activity. There are a lot of germs that reside on the watch so you need to sterilize it properly to keep yourself healthy. You might be wondering how to do that without damaging the watch. You should know that most of the watches are designed to be sterilized. If your watch is water-resistant then first clean the case and metal bracelet with warm water and a mild soap using a soft brush. Then wipe the surface of the watch using a cotton ball dipped in sanitizer containing 60% alcohol. In case, your watch has plastic, ceramic or carbon fiber then use warm water and soap to clean it. 

Disinfect your car, house or door keys

Keys are another thing that you touch most of the time. You should disinfect it to get rid of the bacteria. First, clean the keys in warm water and soap solution using a brush so you cover the tiniest corner of the key. Then use a disinfecting wipe or spray to clean the surface of the keys. If you have soft keychains then sanitize them with hot water.