Guide: Cleaning and Disinfection

We’re providing this information directly from the experts because there is so much incorrect information being disseminated online. This is a portion of an article taken directly from the CDC website, and we encourage you to read the entire article by clicking this link.

How to Clean and Disinfect:


  • Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Gloves should be discarded after each cleaning.
  • If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • For disinfection, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and the most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.
  • Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder-to-kill viruses.
  • For soft (porous) surfaces such as the carpeted floor, rugs, and drapes, remove visible contamination if present and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces.

Clothing, towels, linens, and other items that go in the laundry

  • Wear disposable gloves when handling dirty laundry from an ill person and then discard them after each use. If using reusable gloves, those gloves should be dedicated to cleaning and disinfection of surfaces for COVID-19 and should not be used for other household purposes. Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed.

The best way to clean and disinfect hampers is to follow the guidelines mentioned above. If you’re unable to do so, consider using a disposable or washable bag liner.