Disinfection is one of the practices that has been incorporated and reinforced in our daily routine with the COVID-19 epidemic. Doing it correctly requires that we learn to choose and use the proper products.
Given the ease of contagion of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and the days that it lives on surfaces, disinfecting with chlorine has become one of the best ways to prevent this pathogen from entering our bodies and generating COVID-19.
Disinfectant selection is the first step in achieving this goal. Experts recommend selecting the one with an active ingredient with proven antiviral properties.
Chlorine and alcohol diluted to 70% are some of the disinfectants that eliminate these microorganisms, thanks to the fact that their chemicals destroy the membrane or interact with the virus proteins.
Once the disinfectant has been chosen, the instructions for use must be followed. This way, you will know how much of it is applied to different surfaces and objects and how it should be done so that it does not irritate the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract.
Another reason to check the label is to avoid combining it with a product that disables it. “To chlorine, for example, people usually add perfume or detergent so that it ‘smells and works better’ without knowing that these mixtures degrade it” warns a chemical biologist.
This recommendation is also made to avoid mixtures of disinfectants (chlorine, alcohol, vinegar, ammonia, and hydrogen peroxide) that make breathing difficult – due to the gases it emits – and cause red eyes.
As for the frequency with which home should be disinfected, Experts recommends cleaning and disinfecting it daily if the family stays at home.
Among the surfaces and objects on which it must be done are:
- Areas or furniture that is touched multiple times a day such as tables, toilets (with bleach), sinks, vanities, bins, stair rails, and door handles.
NOTE: If any of these surfaces are made of wood, check if the disinfectant is applied diluted or on a cloth. That way, you will avoid damaging them.
- The things that are continuously manipulated (cell phone cases, household appliances, children’s toys, controls of electrical devices, keys, and cards).
- The floors of all rooms in the house, where someone is infected, can leave traces of their fluids or transport them in shoes.
- The soles of the shoes. To do this, immerse them in a tray with a liter of water and two tablespoons of chlorine, taking care that this solution does not wet the rest of the shoe.
When someone tests positive for COVID-19, the interviewee ends, the frequency with which the aforementioned are disinfected should be increased, and also this practice should be carried out on other objects that are usually only washed, such as:
- The dishes and cutlery that the affected person uses (Like the soles of shoes, they should be immersed for a few minutes in the solution with two tablespoons of chlorine in a liter of water).
- Their clothes. The recommendation to remove the mucus that is passed to the sheets and pillowcases is to disinfect them daily or every third day.