It is difficult to remember a time when ensuring that our homes, offices, and places of work be their absolute cleanest became top priority. As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread in the US and around the world, it is vital to stay healthy and take steps to help keep your community safe by practicing social distancing as well as proper hand washing techniques.

While, when we say cleaning, note that we are also referring to disinfecting. In addition, you should know that there is a difference between the two. Let’s find out.

 

Cleaning

Cleaning your home is essential during this virus. Cleaning is important as it removes germs, impurities, and dirt, from household surfaces and objects. Note that cleaning works by using water and soap (or detergent) to physically remove germs and grime from surfaces, such as doorknobs and appliances.  It is worth noting that this process does not necessarily kill germs; however, by removing germs, it lowers their numbers and reduces the risk of spreading the coronavirus.

You can clean using water and soap, an all-purpose cleaning spray, or a multipurpose detergent. You can even use a homemade cleaner that you have made with lemon and vinegar! The friction of cleaning, usually with antibacterial soap and water, helps remove most surface germs. This is suitable for the majority of household surfaces. However, in other cases, you need to disinfect, which inactivates or destroys most of the germs and keeps your house bacteria-free.

How to Adequately Clean Clothing and Sheets

The CDC recommends that you wash clothing, bedding, towels, and more with laundry detergent at the highest temperature recommended by the product maker. You can use Bayes Washing Machine Cleaner and Deodorizer to remove and destroy odor-producing residue and organisms when doing laundry.

However, note that if you are washing the towels, clothing, and bedding of an ill person in your family, you should wear disposable gloves while handling all pre-washed materials. After that, dispose of these gloves and thoroughly wash your hands with water and soap.

You can use Bayes High-Performance Wood and Bamboo Conditioner and Protectant to clean wooden surfaces in your home. Another option for wooden surfaces is Begley’s Natural Plant-Based Hardwood Floor Cleaner.

 

Disinfecting

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), disinfecting is the use of chemicals to kill germs and bacteria on surfaces. You should disinfect a surface after cleaning.  Disinfecting does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces, such as cutting boards or countertops. However, by killing germs on various surfaces after cleaning them, it can further reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

If disinfecting a surface, such as doorknobs, is your main goal right, for instance cleaning a kitchen counter that has just contacted fish or raw meat, then the order or sequence of how you do things is very important: keep in mind that cleaning always comes before disinfection!

Disinfectant Products

You will be glad to know that disinfectant products are easily available as:

  • Liquids that you can dilute or apply directly to surfaces (via mops, sponges, and brushes)
  • Sprays for treating larger areas
  • Convenient wipes ideal for many on-the-go applications

When buying a disinfectant product, keep in mind that these products can include one or more of these germ-killing ingredients on the labels:

  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Glutaraldehyde
  • Formaldehyde
  • Phenol

Importance of Disinfection

It is worth noting that you should disinfect – and not just sanitize. This is important because disinfectants are the only products approved by the EPA for killing viruses on various hard surfaces. Remember that the key difference is that many EPA-approved sanitizers on the market only have claims for bacteria. On the other hand, disinfectants have claims against bacteria as well as viruses.

 

Read the Label on All Your Household Cleaning Products

If you are looking to get the most bang for your buck, then you should read the labels as well as instructions on all your household cleaning agents. You might be surprised to find out that you are missing specific steps or procedures when using the products, or even buying and stocking up on the wrong cleaning supplies and products. The Environmental Protection Agency has authorized a complete list of disinfectants for use against the novel coronavirus. You can find them at this link.

Apart from these standard solutions, note that the CDC also recommends “alcohol solutions with at least 70 percent alcohol,” and diluted bleach solutions — such as 5 tablespoons of bleach for a gallon of water.

 

Final Thoughts

Properly disinfecting and cleaning your home and commonly touched objects, such as TV remotes, helps prevent the spread of most contagious diseases, such as COVID-19.