With the pandemic, we want our home clean and sanitary to keep our family healthy and safe, but how can you add frequently disinfecting the home to your already busy schedule? Actually, you can disinfect the most used and touched parts of your home in about 10 minutes! Follow this easy home disinfecting and cleaning checklist to quickly sanitize your house and keep your family safe.
Most Used Areas and Rooms to Disinfect in Your Home
The simple home disinfecting and cleaning checklist quickly takes you through the most used areas and rooms in your home. Typically, the most used rooms are the kitchen, bathrooms, and living area. In these areas wipe down the most touched and used parts.
Disinfecting the Kitchen
We spend a lot of time in the kitchen whether it be preparing and cooking meals, cleaning up after preparing or eating meals, doing dishes, or sometimes using it as a place to congregate. Furthermore, it has a lot of surfaces and items that we touch. Wipe and disinfect the following items in the kitchen:
- Sink handles and spout
- Appliance handles (refrigerator/freezer, oven, dishwasher, microwave)
- Kitchen counters and sink
- Drawer and cabinet handles
- Keypads on microwave, oven, dishwasher
- Light switches and plates
Sanitizing the Bathroom
Like the kitchen, the bathroom has many spots we touch and use multiple times on a daily basis. In the bathroom concentrate on sanitizing the following:
- Sink handles
- Shower/bathtub handles and knobs
- Toilet flushers and seats
- Cabinet and drawer handles
- Light switches and plates
Cleaning the Living Area
The living area may not have as many obvious high touch areas. Although, there are some items that should be disinfected regularly. First, sanitize any frequently used remotes such as the tv remote, dvd remote, etc. In addition to the remotes, if you touch buttons on the actual electronic devices those should be wiped down as well.
Other Items to Clean and Sanitize in the Home
Disinfect other high touched areas throughout the home like light switches and door handles/knobs. Do not forget the door handles that you use to get into the house and any door or garage key pads or buttons. If you have any stairs disinfect the railings people may use to go up or down.
Next, in the bedrooms wipe down any lamp switches, night light switches, fan buttons/switches, sounds machine buttons, and baby monitor/camera buttons.
Lastly, wipe handheld electronics and devices throughout your home. This includes wiping phones, tablets, computer keyboards and mice, gaming system controllers, or any other hand held electronics. Check with your phone manufacturer before wiping the phone screen directly daily as doing so too often may not be good for the phone. However, at the least you will be able to wipe the phone case or back of the phone.
How to Disinfect and Clean Your Home
There is a difference between cleaning and disinfecting items and surfaces in your home. Use a product that is effective on all types of germs. Some examples of products to use that you likely already have in your house include the following:
- Disinfectant sprays (like Clorox or Lysol)
- Disinfecting wipes (like Clorox, Lysol or store brand wipes) Note: once the wipe is dry it is not effective, so you may need more than 1 wipe to complete the checklist
- Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
- Hydrogen peroxide
So grab a disinfecting wipe or disinfecting solution and a clean towel and get started on the home disinfecting and cleaning checklist.
When to Clean and Sanitize Your Home
It is recommended to daily disinfect and clean the high touch areas of your home to help stop the spread of germs. Cleaning and sanitizing your home can be difficult to fit into your daily schedule. However, following this cleaning checklist will take you about 10 minutes. Make it a part of your daily routine whether you add it into your morning schedule, at night after dinner or before bedtime.
Try breaking the checklist up into chunks and completing parts when you are in that specific room or area. When I break up the home disinfectant cleaning schedule, I check off each task as I complete it so I know what I have left to do. I keep my checklist in a page protector sleeve on a clipboard with a marker near my kitchen for easy access and so I can reuse the same checklist each day.
Another option is to ask other family members to pitch in with the home disinfecting cleaning checklist. This is something the kids can help out with. Create a rotating schedule for who disinfects the house each day.
Where to Get My Free Home Disinfecting and Cleaning Checklist
Ready to get started? Grab your free quick disinfecting and cleaning checklist here or scroll to the bottom of this post. The home disinfecting and cleaning checklist does have space to add any disinfecting tasks for your home that are not already listed.
Also, the checklist can be found in my planning printables resources library along with many other planning and organizing checklists and printables. Scroll to the top of this post to get access.
Final Thoughts on Home Disinfecting and Cleaning Checklist
I agree it is difficult to continually clean and keep a home you are spending so much time in 100% sanitized at all times. That is why this checklist is meant to be easy and fast.
Furthermore, the home disinfectant cleaning checklist does not guarantee someone in your family will not get COVID-19 or get sick with an illness. It is a precaution to help decrease the chances of someone getting sick in your household. Wearing a mask and proper hand washing should also be a part of your regular routines to help avoid getting sick.