Keeping a clean, germ-free home is important all the time. But between the flu and COVID-19, our household chores are more important than ever. When cleaning at home, turn to these family-friendly tips:

Ensure Proper Ventilation

  • Open a window or use a fan

Pick the Right Products

  • Look for products with plant-based ingredients
  • Know what’s in what you buy! For help decoding labels, see the EWG Guide to Decoding the Labels
  • Look for third-party certified products, such as U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “Safer Choice”
  • Choose fragrance-free products

Reduce Inhalation

  • When using spray cleaners, spray into the cleaning cloth and then wipe
  • Wear a mask while cleaning

Stay Safe

  • Never mix chemical-based cleaning products
  • Ensure cleaning products are properly labeled and store them out of the reach of children and pets
  • Wear gloves, even for routine cleaning, to avoid skin irritation and dermal absorption of the products

Aim to clean all high-touch areas

  • Cabinets and drawer knobs/pulls, Kitchen and bathroom counters, Refrigerator, dishwasher, oven and microwave handles, Cells phones, tablets, keyboards and mice, Remote controls and game controllers Toilets, especially the seat and handle, Faucets

Have a Plan if Someone Gets Sick

  • Make sure you have proper cleaning tools on hand to disinfect from COVID-19, including disposable gloves and EPA-registered disinfectants, then follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for cleaning, including isolating the sick person if possible, and cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces daily throughout the rest of the house.

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