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Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) with regular household detergent and water.
Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved products with emerging viral pathogens claims. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.
Products will have the following claim: "This product demonstrates effectiveness against viruses like COVID-19 on hard non-porous surfaces. Therefore, this product can be used against COVID-19 when used in accordance with the directions for use against Coronavirus on hard, non-porous surfaces."
Green products receive certification from a third party. Products will have a note on the label. DOH recommends green products but doesn’t require them.
We are learning that COVID-19 lives on surfaces for varied periods of time depending on the material. Make sure to wash your hands frequently when in public places. Per National Institutes of Health (www.NIH.gov), COVID-19 can live on surfaces for the following lengths of time:
Aerosols (in the air): 3 hours
Copper: 4 hours
Cardboard: 24 hours
Stainless Steel: 2-3 days
Plastic: 2-3 days