Most people are washing their hands until they are raw these days, but there are other sanitation concerns that might be overlooked.
A recent study in theNew England Journal of Medicine says the coronavirus can possibly survive up to three days on metal and plastic and up to 24 hours on cardboard.
Here are some tips on how to get the most out of sanitizing surfaces:
- Soap and water are not only effective for cleaning hands, but it can also be used on surfaces as long as you scrub the surface fiercely.
- Bleach and cold water can kill the virus. Be sure to use gloves and never mix bleach with ammonia or other cleaners.
- Isopropyl alcohol takes about 30 seconds to kill the virus.
- A 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide takes about 6 to 8 minutes to wipe out the virus.
- Vinegar, tee tree oil and vodka will not get the job done.
- Don't forget the door handles and the steering wheel on your car.
- Doorknobs, faucets and light switches also need to be disinfected.
The best course of action is to read label directions carefully. (UCHealth)