Using bleach in your RV: How to keep your RV clean in the age of Covid-19

Apr 22nd 2020

As the Coronavirus continues to impact everyone worldwide, thousands of RVezy owners have stepped up and agreed to offer their Trailers and Motorhomes at reduced rates to first responders, health-care employees and other frontline workers who need a place to “rest, recuperate, and self-isolate.” An RV is a perfect accommodation option that allows people to isolate close to home during the COVID-19 crisis.

While RVezy owners are doing their part to help those in need, renters who are using these RVs need to know the best cleaning practices to ensure the RV remains clean and virus free.

According to the WHO, the Coronavirus is believed to be able to live on surfaces for a few hours or even a few days. In order to eliminate the virus from surfaces, thoroughly wipe down surfaces using a simple disinfectant like bleach.

Here are a few tips on how to use bleach properly to ensure your RV stays clean of Covid-19:

First, a few facts about Bleach:

How to use a bleach solution to disinfect surfaces in my RV:

Before disinfecting a surface with bleach, you should wipe that surface down with a warm soapy cloth to remove any dirt or debris. Remember the following rules when using bleach:

  • Never mix bleach with ammonia or any other cleaner.
  • Wear rubber or other non-porous boots, gloves, and eye protection.
  • Try not to breathe in product fumes. If using products indoors, open windows and doors to allow fresh air to enter.

Using the recipe recommended from the CDC and the WHO you will need:

  • Liquid bleach containing 2%-10% sodium hypochlorite active ingredient
  • Gloves
  • Cool tap water
  • Measuring devices including cup and teaspoon
  • A container such as a bowl or a spray bottle

Follow the manufacturer's disinfecting directions, or you can follow the recipes below based on the CDC’s recommendation and the percentage of sodium hypochlorite:

Remember that contact time for bleach solution to surfaces should be at least 1 min

How often?

It’s recommended to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

Washing Your Hands in an RV

Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds is super important during this time. Here are some best hand washing practices:

  • In an RV, water can sometimes be a scarce resource. Remember to preserve your water by wetting your hands, then turning off the tap, then lathering your hands with soap for 20 seconds, then turning the tap back on to rinse. This will ensure that no water is wasted!

Other Precautions

  • Be sure to have hand sanitizer with you in case you don’t have immediate access to soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Coughs and sneezes: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash hands or use hand sanitizer.

For more information please visit:

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/bleach.html

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/disinfectants/covid-19.html

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