Disinfecting things protocol

Note regarding COVID: This page is not specifically relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, but includes information that will be useful for dealing with the pandemic.

This is the protocol for disinfecting things that you need to spread around the community- it’s designed to reliably remove virus to a level where it’s safe for someone immunocompromised to touch it.

How to disinfect things

Disinfection with bleach

  1. This should be carried out in a well-ventilated space, with windows open.
  2. Take care to avoid contact between bleach and bare skin. While mixing the solution, it is advisable to wear gloves to protect your skin from bleach splashes. (However, these gloves should then be changed before beginning to clean the items.)
  3. Wash your hands with soap and hot water before beginning. If wearing kitchen gloves which you have previously used, wash your hands with soap while wearing the gloves.
  4. Mix 1:9 home bleach with cold water, and put it in a spray bottle, squirt bottle, or open topped container. Wipe down the outside of the bleach solution bottle with bleach solution, leave it for 10 minutes. Ten minutes later the item should only just be dry, or ideally slightly wet to the touch- if it’s not, you must add more bleach to your solution, or use more solution, then try again. (WHO)
    • Make new bleach solution every 24 hours, as it will degrade rapidly.
  5. Remove any protective gloves you are wearing, wash your hands, and put on (fresh) disposable gloves. If you cannot, you must wash your hands very thoroughly with soap and hot water.
    • When putting on gloves, ensure that you touch only the cuff area with your bare hand, to prevent transmission of virus onto the exterior of the glove. (illustrated technique). If this is not possible, disinfect the exterior of your gloves before touching the items which you plan to exchange.
  6. Wipe down a space to put disinfected items once you’ve wiped them down. Leave it for ten minutes.
  7. Wipe down the surface of each item you need to disinfect and regularly put more bleach solution on the cloth. Place each item on the disinfected surface.
  8. With gloved or freshly washed hands, place items in a new or also disinfected plastic bag until needed. Seal the bag.

Removing some of the virus with soap and water.

This is a much less reliable option as compared to bleach solution. Try to get bleach.

  1. Clean each item or surface of visible dirt, as you normally would. Place items on a surface with no visible soil on it.
  2. Wash your hands
  3. Thoroughly scrub down a clean surface, to leave things you’ve cleaned on it.
  4. Wash your hands
  5. Thoroughly scrub each item on all surfaces, and rinse in clean water.
  6. Place it on the surface you scrubbed earlier.
  7. With freshly washed hands, place items in a new or also washed plastic bag until needed.
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