5 things you should be cleaning regularly to help stop the spread of viruses

We share our top 5 coronavirus cleaning tips.

Updated 4 April 2023


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Protecting ourselves and our families against the coronavirus should be our number one priority. We share our best coronavirus cleaning tips to help you identify the things you should be sanitising regularly.

How can we stop a virus spreading?

The good news is that disinfectant sprays or wipes can kill most germs and help stop a virus spreading. As the coronavirus can be transmitted by an infected person sneezing or coughing and respiratory droplets landing on a surface, it’s important to be mindful of the things we’re touching every day. Read on for some tips:

  • Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

  • Where possible, wipe surfaces down before you use them.

  • Carry sanitising wipes and use on things like handles and car doors.

  • If in busy areas, consider wearing gloves or opening doors with a tissue you then discard.

  • Wash your hands regularly, after handling items or touching surfaces.

Top tips for coronavirus cleaning:

  • Wash your hands. This is probably the single most important piece of advice to help protect yourself.

  • Wipe down shared surfaces using disinfectant or bleach-based spray.

  • Clean your phone often using sanitising wipes to rid it of any potential viruses, or spray with disinfectant and wipe clean with a dry cloth.

  • Wash towels and high-risk clothing items on a hot wash.

What 5 items should we be cleaning regularly?

According to the World Health Organisation, studies suggest coronavirus behaves like other similar viruses and is predicted to linger on surfaces (especially hard or non-porous surfaces like plastic or stainless steel) from anywhere between a few hours to several days.

So with this in mind, it’s the items we handle the most and high-touch surfaces that could pose a risk to us. Here are the top five items you need to clean:

  1. 1

    Phone, wallet, keys. These are all items we handle daily, especially our phones which we often hold up against our face. (we share some tips on how to disinfect your phone here)

  2. 2

    Handles and buttons are everywhere: on doors, cupboards, public transport, lifts, pedestrian crossings, to name a few.

  3. 3

    Hard surfaces like handrails, work surfaces and countertops.

  4. 4

    Outerwear such as coats, scarves and gloves. Anything worn in busy places or that’s come into contact with communal seats or an infected person.

  5. 5

    Hand towels are used regularly by different hands so can harbour harmful bacteria. You can read our guide on how to wash clothes properly to help ward off viruses.

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The information in this article is accurate at the time of publishing. However, as the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, it’s possible that some guidance may have changed since publication. While Cleanipedia is trying to keep our content as up-to-date as possible, we also encourage readers to stay informed on news and recommendations by using GOV UK and NHS.

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