As the world bears the weight of yet another series of outbreaks, it can be confusing to say the least to understand how to properly stay safe. Coupled with Influenza and allergy seasons, it’s vital to know just how we can clean, sanitize and disinfect properly.
BUT WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? Is cleaning the same as disinfecting? And how does sanitization factor into the equation? In a turbulent, transformative year, it’s of the utmost importance to understand the differences in order to keep ourselves safe from harmful germs and viruses.
According to the CDC: “Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.”
While “Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.”
And finally, “Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.”
Different surfaces and objects call for different types of measures. For example, you may want to use a Disinfectant on your office table, while you could use a Sanitizer for your hands. Also, a cleaning wipe may be more appropriate for clearing a blemished kitchen countertop.
Keys to Remember
- Routine Cleaning
- Cleaning and Disinfecting correctly
- Handling waste properly
- Sanitizing your hands periodically
It is all about knowing your surface, and what you want to achieve. Disinfecting may be the best way to kill the most possible germs, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you can disinfect everything you have. Including your skin. Stay up to date with new guidelines, tips and open discussions on how to stay clean and germ-free. We are dedicated to bringing you the freshest content to keep you in the know. Follow us on Instagram @2XL_Corp for additional content.