How to Keep Your Home Clean and Healthy If You're Self-Quarantined Because of Coronavirus Here's how to keep your home
healthy and clean while you
wait out the quarantine. For starters, there's a difference
between cleaning and disinfecting. "Cleaning is the removal of
germs or dirt from the surface,"
says Natasha Bhuyan, M.D., regional
medical director at One Medical. "This doesn't kill pathogens, it often just wipes them away—but it still lowers the spread of infection," says Dr. Bhuyan. Cleaning includes vacuuming
carpets, mopping floors, wiping
countertops, and dusting. Disinfection is the act of using
chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. Natasha Bhuyan, M.D. The EPA has released a list of recommended disinfectants to use against the novel coronavirus. Dr. Bhuyan also suggests looking at the American Chemistry Council's Center for Biocide Chemistries' list of cleaning supplies to fight the coronavirus.