Follow these disinfecting tips in your bathroom to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses. If someone in your household is sick or exposed, follow CDC guidelines on isolation.
Disinfect all areas of the bathroom — the toilet seat, bowl, all handles and any surfaces around the sink used while washing hands. Put out paper towels or napkins to avoid using a shared towel to dry.
Wear disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting the bathroom – gloves should be discarded after each cleaning. If using reusable gloves, gloves should be dedicated for surface-cleaning and disinfection. They shouldn’t be used for other purposes.1
To disinfect your toilet, use Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach2 and follow these steps to disinfect properly.3
- Flush the toilet, then add ½ cup Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach2 to the water in the bowl.
- Scrub with a toilet brush, then let stand for 6 minutes before flushing again.
- The exterior of a toilet, including the handle and the seat, can be disinfected with the same bleach and water solution used for other bleach-safe surfaces in your home, making sure the surface stays wet with the solution for 6 minutes before rinsing.
The Clorox® ToiletWand® is also a convenient way to disinfect your toilet bowl and throw away the head used for cleaning after.
- Flush the bowl before cleaning, then open a pouch of disposable cleaning heads and push the handle straight down onto the cleaning head until it clicks into place.
- Dip the cleaning head in toilet bowl water for 1-2 seconds. Scrub the entire toilet bowl above the water line and let stand for 10 minutes to disinfect.
- Hold the wand over the trash bin and slide button forward to release. Flush the toilet.
Start by removing bath mats and other items. Pre-wash the tub and tiles. Wipe the tub and shower with the bleach solution. Wait 6 minutes to ensure effective disinfection and then rinse the tub and shower with warm water.
Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes are also a convenient way to quickly and easily disinfect toilet handles, seats, bathroom sinks, showers and bathtubs and the exterior base of the toilet, but not the bowl interior.3
Use a fresh wipe to disinfect surfaces. Surfaces must remain wet for 4 minutes. If the wipe becomes dry, the product no longer contains enough disinfectant to be considered effective.
Following the cleaning and disinfecting of the bathroom, change your clothing and place them in a hamper or laundry bag to avoid cross-contamination.
Visit this page for a full list of our EPA-approved disinfecting products.
According to Saskia Popescu, PhD, MPH, MA, CIC, a senior hospital infection prevention epidemiologist at HonorHealth and paid Clorox consultant.
According to Mary Gagliardi, aka “Dr. Laundry,” Clorox’s in-house scientist and cleaning expert.