Cleaning and Sanitizing with Bleach after an Emergency

Cleaning and Sanitizing with Bleach after an Emergency

Know how the COVID-19 pandemic can affect disaster preparedness and recovery, and what you can do to keep yourself and others safe.

Find information about cleaning and disinfecting at home to protect yourself during a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

Cleaning and sanitizing your household after an emergency is important to help prevent the spread of illness and disease.

First, wash surfaces with soap and warm, clean water to remove dirt and debris. Next, sanitize surfaces with household bleach.

It is critical to read and follow the safety instructions on any product you use. Below are the most important safety guidelines when using sanitizing products:

Use regular unscented 5%–6% household bleach and follow the instructions in the chart below.

Recommendations for Cleaning and Sanitizing Food Cans and Surfaces

Recommendations for Cleaning and Sanitizing Household Surfaces and Items

Recommendations to Clean Mold Growth Off Hard Surfaces

For more information see: Mold Clean-Up After Disasters: When to Use Bleach

Be aware that flood water may be contaminated. For more information about how to protect yourself and your family, visit Cleanup of Flood Water.

For more information on cleaning and sanitizing with bleach and how to make water safe for drinking, see Water Containers (Cleaning and Storage) and Make Drinking Water Safe.

Cleaning and Sanitizing with Bleach after an Emergency

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