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How to Disinfect Herpes or Shingles Virus

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author image Heather Gloria
Heather Gloria began writing professionally in 1990. Her work has appeared in several professional and peer-reviewed publications including "Nutrition in Clinical Practice." Gloria earned both a Bachelor of Science in food science and human nutrition from the University of Illinois. She also maintains the "registered dietitian" credential and her professional interests include therapeutic nutrition, preventive medicine and women's health.
How to Disinfect Herpes or Shingles Virus
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The viruses that cause herpes and shingles belong to the same family, known as herpesviridae. People contract herpesviridae mainly from skin to skin contact. Less often, says Columbia University pediatrician Anne A. Gershon in the May 2010 edition of the Journal of Clinical Virology, the viruses are transferred through contact with objects such as towels, telephones and eating utensils. You can counteract this indirect spread, which doctors refer to as “fomite transmission,” by using basic household cleaning products.

Wash Fabrics

Step 1

Collect linens and clothing used by an infected person. Avoid hugging them to your body because this transfers the virus to your clean clothes.

Step 2

Place them in the washing machine.

Step 3

Add detergent and and chlorine bleach, if possible. Wash, using the hot water setting.

Step 4

Transfer to the dryer. Dry on high heat setting.

Clean Surfaces

Step 1

Prepare disinfectant solution. Good choices include a 1:1 dilution of rubbing alcohol and water; 1 tsp. chlorine bleach in 1 quart water; or any commercial sanitizer solution diluted according to the manufacturer's directions.

Step 2

Apply disinfectant to surfaces with clean sponge or cloth. Wait five to ten minutes or as directed by product instructions.

Step 3

Rinse under running water, if possible. Alternatively, wipe clean using fresh water and clean cloth or sponge.

Step 4

Air dry or dry with clean, disposable paper towels.

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