Because the coronavirus is much more infectious than seasonal colds and flu, it needs treating more carefully when you’re getting rid of it. 

    Wiping away

    When you’re cleaning surfaces that might have the virus on, it’s best to use a clean cloth, wear washing up gloves and use disinfectant. After you’ve finished cleaning, the cloth and gloves will need washing. The cloth can go in the washing machine and the gloves washed with the soap you use for your hands.

    Disinfectant should contain at least 60% alcohol or 0.5% hydrogen peroxide bleach. Or you can use a household bleach with 0.1% sodium hypochlorite. The contents are usually written on the back of the bottle.

    Washing away

    Fabric items that may have viruses on can be washed in a washing machine (e.g. bedding, towels, face coverings, clothes). You will need to wash them in a hot wash (60°C or more) with your usual soap powder or liquid. It’s fine to put them in with other items as they will be clean once the wash has finished. Try not to shake them out or move them around too much before they go in the washing machine.

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