The Do's And Don'ts Of Disinfecting Your Home

we're back with our coverage of the

chrono virus pandemic as this virus

spreads across the u.s. we're all

working hard to disinfect our homes my

whole staff has turned into little clean

machines but just how often should you

be disinfecting surfaces and could there

be hidden parts of your home that you

are missing to answer these questions we

turn to the expert Pieter de Lucia

assistant commissioner of health in

Westchester County here's what he had to

say I know you guys are working harder

ready to hit those hotspots in your home

like your kitchen faucet handles but I'm

going to give you ten hidden places you

may forget - so what do you use to

sanitize and disinfect those hard

surfaces well there's some great

commercial whites and sprays that say

they kill 99% of all germs and viruses

make sure that it says that it kills

viruses like the flu and even better if

it says that it kills TB but if you

can't get your hands on these products

the best thing is just good old bleep

four teaspoons of bleach from four cups

water then you just take clean household

rag and you put it in there and let it

soak keep that rag in there so you're

always have it nice and set with the

sanitizing solution so it's important to

note is the solution we just made with

the four teaspoons of bleach to a quart

of water is not good for cutting boards

and food contact surfaces if you want to

make a solution for that just one

teaspoon of bleach to the quart of water

will be played when you're doing a lot

of disinfecting with a chemical

substance like bleach or a commercial

disinfectant you should wear gloves

number one the microwave touch pad make

our sanitized rag wipe the whole area

down the handle in a microwave and the

key make sure to let it air dry all of

the things we sanitized you make sure

you let it air dry to your refrigeration

door handles this is something that gets

a lot of heavy traffic in

so you want to make sure you give them a

good cover light switches to make sure

you thoroughly wring out your red and

then wipe down the entire switch so you

may wonder why I'm on my hands and knees

now just like a toddler well that's the

protective because if you have kids and

you really want to worry about your

floor bass boys something that you

wouldn't think about what we need to

sanitize so you've probably already

thought of cleaning your faucet handles

in your kitchen in the bathroom but what

about this little lever on your toilet

bowl I got to make sure you give that a

good cleaning number six your vacuum

cleaner handle something that gets a lot

of hand contact even the hose number

seven your car steering wheel here's

something that's a lot of hand contact

probably not only by you but other

members of your family good wipe down

with our solution number eight or your

doorknob get all those nooks and

crannies so dr.oz number nine or your

dresser drawer handles now number ten

you probably didn't think of it

but your cleaning supplies you're

constantly touching them we need to make

sure we clean them too here's a bonus

item for you if you have a mailbox wipe

that down a lot of hands put this and if

you've got a group of mailboxes help out

your friend so I hope you follow all of

the tips I gave you today and make sure

you disinfect all the items in your

house that are frequently touched

that's going to go such a long way to

protecting you and your family from the

Toronto virus and many of the other

viruses in terms that are out there


Peter's joining us now be a zoom

superior the health care inspector what

secrets do you have to share with us

about staying safe that us ordinary folk

wouldn't know

hey dr. oz thanks for having me on well

you know what I think a lot of things

aren't secrets anymore hand-washing

frequent hand-washing so that's one of

the big things and you know something

else I was just thinking about was

talking to my mother

last night on the phone about you know

she's our going grocery shopping and

using those reusable bags and I reminded

her sanitize those reusable bags you're

out there you know you're placing them

onto counter you're bringing them into

your home you want to sanitize that bag

either wipe it down with the sanitizing

solution or if you could throw it in the

washing machine and wash it then put it

in the dryer that's gonna do the job and

then remember everywhere you put those

bags in your house you got to make sure

to do some sanitizing there too how many

times a day should we be disinfecting

surfaces we just saw a whole litany of

items that you keep clean yeah well you

know the key is high-traffic areas so

you know if you're if you're on your own

or just a couple and you're not really

going out much I still want you to

sanitize at least once a day go to those

areas you know whether it be the the

handle on the toilet bowl your doorknobs

and things like that but if you've got a

family and you've got the kids all home

from school there's a lot of touching

going on so you want to make sure you do

it frequently so you know a number of

times a day if possible and what advice

/ you have for the parents who've got

kids and these cleaning agents sometimes

are pretty toxic for kids well he is

first of all follow the label make sure

you know you read the label on your

sanitizers that's very important and

when you make a bleach solution which is

is a great thing to do when we've talked

about that you know a little goes a long

way and just make sure you keep the kids

away from the area when you're making it

let it air dry once it air dries then

you're okay you want it to follow some

of those safety precautions now when we

comes to cleaning our hands we've got

hand sanitizer we've got soaps you have

a preference I have a preferences soap

honestly you can't do better than good

old soap and water you know that

agitation once again you're spending

time there - 20 seconds that's it that's

very important and the other thing I

really like are paper towels if you

don't do as great of a job washing your

hands at least when you use the paper

towels the friction again to dry your

hands that's going to help remove


germs there too and that that's to me

something key if you can do that so let

me show everybody the scientific reason

why soap and water is the best

combination for killing the corona virus

so soap is affected for a very important

reason it has a part to it that is a

molecule that is one that loves water

and that part that doesn't love water

right so let's say this is the part that

loves water and this the part that

doesn't like it hates water right and

when the germs are the viruses the dirt

is there these water particles attach to


the part that doesn't like water sticks

to that piece of dirt and the part that

that it likes the water forms what's

called a micelle so you can it traps the

germ and it can cart it away now some

researchers also think that soap to

something really critical it can

actually bust through the wall that

protects the virus structure right and

that allows this whole structure just

wash away it says it disintegrates so no

matter what it ends up removing the

virus from your skin and that helps you

and that paper towel idea is not bad as

an extra level of protection to remove

whatever's left behind so remember take

the time to disinfect the surfaces that

are often touched and frequently wash

your hands it's going to go a long way

and stopping this virus coming up we

reveal the most forgotten place to clean

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