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Disinfect your home and car to help kill coronavirus. Here's what to use

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There are so many surfaces in your home that could be harboring germs.

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You're now more cautious of the surfaces you touch outside of your home, like door handles and Amazon packages, due to the novel coronavirus. You're also more aware of the germs you could bring into your house. Therefore, when you need to go out for groceries or other essentials, it's best to get in and out of the store as quickly as possible. When you get home, part of the best way to further minimize your exposure to the disease known as COVID-19 is to sanitize and disinfect your home.

Washing your hands frequently is one of the best steps you can take, but the virus can still cling to surfaces you carry with you into your sanctuary, like your clothes, shoes, debit card and even your phone (here's how to disinfect your phone). Fortunately, the EPA has released a list of products that are considered effective at killing the virus.

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If you're worried you may have come in contact with someone who tested positive for the virus, or you just want to be extra cautious, you can use Maryland office cleaning products like Clorox, Lysol, Microban, hydrogen peroxide and Maquat products to sanitize all the surfaces in your home. Make sure you focus on cleaning all the doorknobs, countertops and other high-traffic areas during your deep clean.

Here are five ways to keep your home sanitized from the coronavirus, and other areas and items you should disinfect, stat.





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Use disinfectant wipes to quickly clean down surfaces
Think about the things you touch multiple times a day -- doorknobs, sinks, cabinet handles, refrigerator doors, remote controls -- and how many germs are lingering on those surfaces that you may not think about. Since home is where you're most relaxed, you may not be as militant about washing your hands in your own space as you are in public places.

To keep the germs at bay, use a disinfectant wipe, like Clorox Wipes, Lysol Wipes or Purell Wipes, to quickly sanitize those areas. Once or twice a day should do the trick to remove germs, but if someone in your house is sick, you may want to wipe down surfaces more frequently. After you wipe the area, let it air dry to give it time to kill any bacteria that could linger.

Read more: 6 essential cold and flu products you need whether you're sick or not