Disinfecting Common Surfaces

How to Clean Doorknobs

Doorknobs have a high concentration of germs that could start spreading, particularly if you have family members or guests that are sick.

Person wiping the chrome doorknob of a white door

How many times does someone in your family open or close a door? We need to be conscious of germs on doorknobs for two main reasons: firstly, due to the amount they get used every day. And secondly, because four out of five illness-causing germs are spread by hands!1


With our guide, find out how to disinfect your doorknobs with Lysol® to help create a safer, happier home.


How to clean hands

It’s impossible to talk about disinfecting doorknobs without first talking about washing the culprit that tends to transfer germs to your doorknobs. Washing your hands, when done properly, reduces the spread of germs. However, as with anything, we cannot avoid some germs transferring to the places we use every day, so without further ado, here’s how to disinfect your doorknobs.


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How to disinfect doorknobs

It’s easy to disinfect your doorknobs, and you can do this using a disinfecting spray or wipe.


We would recommend Lysol® Disinfectant Spray and Lysol® Disinfecting Wipes. They kill 99.9% of viruses, bacteria and fungi, including eight cold and flu viruses when used as directed on hard surfaces.


Person spraying Lysol Disinfectant Spray into the air


  1. Pre-clean surface prior to use.
  2. Hold can upright 6” to 8” inches from surface.
  3. Spray 6 to 7 seconds until covered with mist.
  4. Let stand for the 3 minutes, allowing it to air dry.
Canister of Lysol Disinfecting Wipes on a kitchen counter


  1. Pre-clean surface prior to use.
  2. Use enough fresh wipes to thoroughly wet surface.
  3. Allow to remain wet for 4 minutes.
  4. Toss dirty wipe away. 

Please note: Always use Lysol® products as directed on the label. Not recommended for brass, copper or aluminum surfaces.


Your doorknobs might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to keeping on top of hygiene in the home. However, when you do your weekly clean, be sure to run over your doorknobs with a disinfecting wipe to significantly reduce the spread of germs that could make you or your family member(s) sick.