How to Disinfect a Large Indoor Area

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How to Disinfect a Large Indoor Area
Disinfecting large indoor areas will kill most germs. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Disinfecting large indoor areas is a major housekeeping job and you may only need to do it after someone has been seriously ill, passed away or at the start of seasons. Cleaning large indoor areas include disinfecting the kitchen, bathroom, living room, toilet and all individual rooms in the house. A disinfectant is a liquid or a powder which contains chemicals that kill most bacteria. If you prefer not to use chemicals, you can use environmentally friendly bio-antibacterial sprays or liquids.

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Things you need

  • Window cleaner
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Duster
  • Disinfectant spray
  • Antibacterial surface wipes
  • Antibacterial air spray
  • De-greaser
  • Spritz bottle
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Toilet brush
  • Disinfectant floor wash liquid
  • Mop
  • Bucket

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    Clean all windows. Spray the windows with a window cleaner spray and scrub off all dirt using a microfiber cloth. Dry the window's surface with a dry microfiber cloth. Mix one lemon's juice with two cups of water if you want to make an environmentally friendly window cleaner liquid.

  2. 2

    Dust off shelves, storage cabinets, tables and all furniture with a duster. Remove all cobwebs. Vacuum all large indoor areas after dusting off furniture. Spray the carpets with an antibacterial spray for carpets, such as Febreeze, before and after vacuuming to kill all bacteria. Sprinkle baking soda into the carpet and leave it to absorb bad smells overnight. Vacuum it the next morning.

  3. 3

    Spray all doors, light switches, handles and tabletops with a disinfectant spray and wipe it off with a dry cloth.

  4. 4

    Spray all furniture surfaces with an antibacterial spray. Wipe off the antibacterial spray with a dry cloth before it dries. Use vinegar as an alternative to chemical antibacterial sprays.

  5. 5

    Clean all surfaces in the kitchen. Empty the dustbin and wipe it inside and outside with a disinfectant wipe. Spray and wipe the kitchen counter, cabinet shelves, cupboard doors and handles, washing machine doors and buttons, water taps and the fridge inside and outside with an antibacterial spray.

  6. 6

    Spray the oven with a degreaser spray and let it stand for 10 minutes before scrubbing it away with a scrub sponge. After removing all grease, spray the oven with an antibacterial spray and wipe it off.

  7. 7

    Spray taps and the shower head in the bathroom with an antibacterial spray. Buff up all metal parts with a scale remover and wipe off all surfaces with a dry cloth.

  8. 8

    Spray all indoor areas with an antibacterial air-spray, or a mixture of 10 drops of lavender oil and 1 cup of water in a spritz bottle to kill airborne bacteria.

  9. 9

    Pour a disinfectant toilet cleaner in the toilet and spray the seats with an antibacterial spray. Allow it to stand for 10 minutes before cleaning the toilet inside with a toilet brush. Wipe off the outside of the toilet with an antibacterial surface wipe.

  10. 10

    Pour 295ml of disinfectant liquid down all sinks to disinfect drainage and sewage pipes.

  11. 11

    Mix one unit of disinfectant floor wash liquid to 10 units of hot water in a bucket. Dip a mop into the hot water and mop up all hardwood or tiled indoor floors to kill bacteria.

  12. 12

    Remove all cobwebs from the garage and sweep the floor.

Tips and warnings

  • Throw out all used sponges. Never use a sponge longer than one week as sponges carry lots of bacteria.
  • Use vinegar to disinfect surfaces if you prefer not to use chemical disinfectants.

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