Cleaning vs. disinfecting, it’s important to know the difference.  Most of us know how to clean our homes, but when it comes to disinfecting, we are not properly doing the job.  When it comes to germs there are certain things that must be done to truly get rid of them.  Take a look at our top 5 tips for disinfecting your home today.

Use Proper Supplies

  • Always use disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Use an EPA-registered household disinfectant. Be sure to follow all instructions on the label, including allowing proper time for the product to work.  Your label will also include a list of what strains of virus and bacteria it kills.  Follow this link for recommended EPA-registered disinfectants.
  • If you do not have a disinfectant on hand, bleach can be used to make a solution. Combine 1/3 cup of regular chlorine bleach per gallon of water.  For smaller projects, use 4 teaspoons of regular chlorine bleach and 1 quart of water.  Mix a fresh batch of this solution each day used for greatest cleaning power.

Know Where the Germs Are

  • High traffic areas and surfaces that get touched frequently are obvious hot spots for germs. These high touch areas include tables, doorknobs, light switches, banisters, countertops, phones, keyboards, toilets, desks, handles, etc.

Clean First, Then Disinfect

  • Disinfectants cannot adequately do their job if a surface is dirty. Areas in need of disinfecting should first be be cleaned with a solution of hot soap and water.  This will remove dirt and grime while also removing some germs.
  • Check the label for proper instructions on how to use disinfectants. Pay special attention to how long an area should stay wet to effectively kill germs.  This may mean using more than one application.
  • Always use disposable gloves when cleaning & disinfecting and wash hands thoroughly after removal.

Know When to Clean & Disinfect

  • Variables like the number of people in the household and how often everyone is in and out will determine how often cleaning & disinfecting should be done. For most homes, every other day or two to three times a week should be adequate.
  • When there is illness, it is recommended to keep the person isolated and to clean & disinfect surrounding surfaces daily.

Areas Often Forgotten

  • It’s easy to focus on obvious germ zones and forget about other areas that need disinfecting just as badly. These areas often include purses, credit cards, remote controls, appliance handles, backpacks, trash cans, toothbrush holders, toys, keys, and vehicles.

Just because your home looks clean, does not mean that it is free of germs.  If you want to keep germs at bay there are steps that must be followed to properly disinfect an area.  Your home is your safe space and knowing how to truly disinfect it will bring added health protection.


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