Corornavirus Disinfecting News

When SARS-CoV-2 began to spread in the United States in March 2020, I sprang into action to produce twice-daily reported stories to help Apartment Therapy readers navigate the world of disinfecting at home.

Using my knowledge of cleaning chemistry and health reporting network, we published need-to-know details before any other outlets (or even as other outlets were reporting incorrect advice, such as making hand sanitizer from vodka), reaching hundreds of thousands of readers with each story. 

The DIY Sanitizer Recipes You’re Seeing Everywhere Don’t Work—Here’s the Right Way to Do It

Some people are taking sanitizing matters into their own hands (pun intended). Here’s why that won’t work.

Why 70 Percent Alcohol Disinfects Better Than 91 Percent, According to a Microbiologist

There’s a counter-intuitive rule of thumb to follow when you clean with alcohol.

3 Disinfectants You Can Use If You Can’t Find Clorox Wipes

Brand loyalty is great, but the best product is the one you can find (or already have at home).

How Long Can Germs (Like the Coronavirus) Live on Surfaces at Home?

Researchers are only beginning to understand how long the novel coronavirus can survive on surfaces, but here’s what we know.

7 Habits You Need to Start (Right Now) If You Suspect Someone in Your Home Is Sick

A little extra attention to hygiene best practices in your home can go a long way in limiting the spread of sickness in your household.

5 Cleaning Supplies a Microbiologist Always Has On Hand

To discover which cleaning products are most effective in preventing the spread of harmful bacteria and viruses, we talked with a home hygiene expert about which cleaning products she always has on hand.

The Sanitizer Everyone Has at Home and Will Never Run Out Of

When disinfecting products are in short supply, you have to be creative. Fortunately, we all have access to one of the most effective sanitizers out there—and it’s totally free.

3 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Disinfectants

Using disinfectant products isn’t an automatic free pass to a germ-free life. You have to use disinfectants correctly to reap the benefits, including staying healthy.