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How to Disinfect Your Home After a Cold or Flu

How to Disinfect Your Home After a Cold or Flu

After the flu, it’s important to take the time to disinfect sheets, pillowcases, towels and clothes, to help prevent the spread of the viruses in your home. Washing with Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach is a great way to fight germs, bacteria and viruses that can cause the common cold and flu in your clothes and linens.

In a high efficiency washer, add ¾ cup Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach to the dispenser (or fill dispenser to the max-fill line). Then, add your favorite detergent to its dispenser, select a disinfecting/sanitizing cycle if available and start the washer. In a standard washer, add ¾ cup Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach along with detergent as the washer is filling with water, before adding the laundry. Or, use the bleach dispenser if your machine has one. To disinfect hand washables, soak items for 5 minutes in a solution of ¼ cup Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach diluted in 1 gallon of cool water.

Where Do Cold and Flu Viruses Live?

Toys. Put cold and flu viruses in time out by regularly disinfecting toys with Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach.

Handles. Viruses hang out on fridge, microwave and door handles. Knock them out with Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes.

TV Remote. Turn off cold and flu viruses with Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes.

Bathroom. Cold and flu viruses love hiding in your bathroom. Regularly disinfect the toilet exterior, sink and bath surfaces with Clorox® Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner.

Phone. Reduce exposure to cold and flu viruses with Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes.

Computers. Delete viruses with Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes.

High Touch Areas. Regularly disinfect door knobs, light switches, countertops and other high traffic spots with Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes.