Hello everyone, we want to use this opportunity to welcome you to another informative, and educational post aimed at giving you tips on how best to keep your home clean and free from diseases.
We believe we have all heard of the Coronavirus, the new epidemic making news headlines for the wrong reasons. We do not wish to spread panic but to show you how you can keep yourself and your family safe from it and other diseases.
There are times when a household needs a cleaning expert to handle the hygiene of a home, and we can say with confidence that there is no better time than now. I, for one, have been in the cleaning business for twenty years, so we know a thing or two about keeping places clean. we will be talking from a practical point of view, so you are free to do more research and consult with the WHO, CDC, and your local government agencies for more healthy tips.
There is a common misconception we would like to clarify using this blog post, and it comes in the form of a simple question,
What is the difference between Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfection?
Cleaning can be described as the act of making things look neat, tidy, and attractive to the eye. It is all about the appearance (dust and dirt) and has nothing to do with the disease-causing organisms.
Sanitizing can be seen as the deliberate act of killing a certain amount of disease-causing organisms. This amount is mostly regulated by the public health agencies e.g., WHO, CDC, and your local government agencies. Sanitizers are the most commonly found among the three and can be found in almost every public place, doing the job of keeping people protected from harmful organisms.
Disinfection, on the other hand, can be described as the process of getting rid of all the disease-causing organisms at all levels, using chemicals, heat, or any other suitable method. There are two types of disinfectants which are:
The general disinfectants, which can be found in every store near you and the hospital-grade disinfectants, which, as the name implies, are mostly used in hospitals.
When should you carry out a disinfection?
Regular cleaning requires mostly soap, water, and the cleaning brush or sponge. Handmade soaps can be made from mixing two cups of water, a few drops or half a teaspoon of dish soap, and some essential oils from Aloe-Vera and other plants, and they can be used to clean the majority of surfaces regularly for health reasons. Remember, you should not always disinfect because some regular bacteria found around the house help to build our immune system. However, you can disinfect in instances where meats or foods have been prepared, bathrooms and toilets have been used, and when you are around sick people.
How should you carry out a disinfection?
We have come up with a new concept on how to do a disinfection, and we call it the two-step process. This process suggests that the surface must be free of dirt and dust before disinfection can take place. Disinfectants are not designed to clean surfaces, but to fight and kill deadly organisms, so before you do the disinfection, ask yourself this question, have I cleaned the surface?
We also want to talk about dual time, which is the time it takes for disinfectants to do their jobs. The estimated time is at least 5 minutes.
Where should you carry out a disinfection?
It is always advisable to disinfect points of contact. I.e., the places that are always being touched. These places include doorknobs, light switch plates, toilet flushers, remote controllers, electronics, etc. and other hard surfaces in the bathrooms, kitchens, and toilets. Even during laundry, try setting the knob to sanitary control, and adding a cup of hydrogen peroxide or oxygen bleach powder to the laundry water. Also make use of steam cleaners, if you have them.
Most times, using products doesn’t always mean you are using them well, so always read instructions before use (forget what you see in TV commercials). Try to stay health-conscious and keep yourself and your family safe.