The ABC’s of Cleaning, Disinfecting and Sanitizing

Our washing routine has no vacation, but what about your chores? or the cleaning of frequently used surfaces and areas in our homes? maybe it’s time to go back to basics and talk about the difference is between Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Sanitizing.

Just a few of us enjoy the task of cleaning, but once you have mastered this technique properly, you won’t waste more time and you will avoid moving germs from one place to another.

Cleaning consists of removing germs, impurities, and dirt from surfaces by wiping them away using detergent or soap. Cleaning surfaces and counter will clear away the germs from that place, but won’t kill them!

Luckily, Sanitizing exists and works by lowering the number of germs in a certain area. But how safe is this? This process is judged by the standards set by public health regulations and it takes care of cleaning and disinfecting the area to eradicate the spread.

On the other hand, if you are looking to kill bacteria and germs on counters and surfaces, a deep Disinfecting is what you need. Why? because all disinfectants are made with some chemicals specifically designed to get rid of these unwanted guests.

We are done with the differences, right? but maybe you can’t decide which method is the best for you. No problem! stay here and we will find out what’s the best option to keep your home safe.

It is a good idea to start by clean any surface before you disinfect to remove the visible dust or dirt. In short, the cleaning prepares the stage for your disinfectant to work effectively. We recommend to go cleaning, disinfecting, and then cleaning again in that order to get that comfortable home you deserve, in that way you will ensure to kill all the bacteria and germs.

Also, you must check the labels! Products labeled as disinfectants will properly kill bacteria and viruses, but if the label promises to just sanitize a surface, it might say that it will kill 99.9% of the bacteria (but no mention if it’s effective against fungi or viruses).

Maybe you should take a look at the list of disinfectants EPA approved to use during the current situation, these products will definitely kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Check the list here.

Remember to read the instructions too! disinfectants are labeled with a manufacturer’s contact time, this shows how long the disinfectant needs to sit on the surface to be in contact with germs before wiping away.