The One Thing You Didn't Know You Needed to Fight COVID-19, CDC Says

This simple swap could make a big difference when it comes to keeping your home COVID-free.

You likely already know the best methods to avoid both contracting and spreading the COVID-19 contagion. Regular and thorough hand-washing, social distancing, and wearing face masks when in public are well-known proven tactics that help manage this current public health crisis. But what about when you're home? Well, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a recent update to their guidelines, and among a list of recommended supplies to have at home was one item that may come as a surprise: no-touch trash cans.

In a section simply titled "Adequate Supplies," the CDC says the following should be on hand: "soap, water, hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol, paper towels, tissues, disinfectant wipes, cloth face coverings (as feasible), and no-touch trash cans."

foot pushes pedal of touchless trash can

No-touch trash cans can range from a very simple open receptacle to the more evolved push-pedal version one typically sees in a doctor's office, or home bathroom or kitchen. Especially if you're going with an open trash can, Forbes says to empty the trash can daily to "eliminate places where germs can congregate."

When it comes to that chore, "use disposable gloves when removing garbage bags, and handling and disposing of trash," the CDC says. And, of course, "wash hands afterwards."

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To be extra cautious, cleaning service The Maids recommends that you "spray trash cans with disinfectant each time." Melissa Maker of Clean My Space and Maker's Clean previously told Best Life that you should use an all-purpose cleaner to first wipe down the build-up inside your trash bins. After that, you can go in with a disinfectant to keep it squeaky clean. And for more ways to keep your home COVID-free, check out 7 Things You'll Never Want in Your Home After Coronavirus.


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