Nasty viruses like COVID-19 are causing us all to reconsider which household cleaning agents we should be using to clean our homes and when.
Tune in while I, Heather Canning, Head Mom review the cleaning agents I have have in my cupboards. You wouldn’t believe what I use in the shower to cut down on body oil residue and which popular household cleaning product I don’t use at One Organized Mom. I know you’ll be surprised.
Knowing, understanding, practicing the differences between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting can be the difference of households continuing to pass on an illness to each other and stopping the spread when an illness first occurs.
Not all cleaning jobs are created equal. While some methods might seem interchangeable, there are actually some major distinctions between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting your home.
Here is an easy way to look at it:
CLEANING is for removing visible smudges, spots, stains and debris from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water on surfaces.
SANITIZING is meant to reduce, not kill, the occurrence and growth of bacteria, viruses and fungi.
DISINFECTING is to kill germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals that are EPA registered to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove dirt, but by killing germs on surfaces after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.
So think of it like this, we CLEAN our houses every day by picking up miscellaneous items, doing the dishes after each meal, wiping down the counters after cooking, wiping down the sink/countertop in the bathroom, making things pleasing to the eye. However, when we DISINFECT our homes, we are using a different product to do so. A good example of this would be after cutting raw chicken on the countertop, we spray it down with CLOROX to kill the germs left behind. When we DISINFECT we are doing this after the cleaning process has occurred and using a higher level product (that is EPA approved). In order to disinfect you need to pre-clean a surface or an object. Think of it like this, you can wipe your whole kitchen down after cooking your meals with water and soap on a cloth, you’ll need to come back over it again with a disinfectant in order to ensure your room is properly disinfected.
AND remember, WASHING YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT TASK WE CAN DO TO STOP THE SPREAD OF GERMS. Make sure you’re using proper handwashing techniques and using hand sanitizer IS NOT the same as washing your hands. But, that’s a whole different video…
We’re here to help you keep your home as safe and healthy as possible.