Cleaning is not the same as disinfecting. This is something that I am learning. I like to keep a clean home and especially when I have guest over. However, I am with about 1/2 of other women in the country who don’t disinfect my home before guests arrive. I wait to get out my Clorox Disinfecting Wipes until after guests leave. I never thought anything about it until now. What am I doing to prevent the spread of germs?
1,000 women recently took a survey on their cleaning habits and the spreading of germs. I was surprised to find the results of the survey, both what people didn’t know and what I didn’t know.
How I currently Prevent the Spread of Germs & Viruses
- I make sure we use hand sanitizer every time we leave a store
- I make sure we wash our hands or use hand sanitizer before eating when out in public
- I make sure we wash our hands when we get home from the store, school, church, etc.
- I make sure we wash our hands before we eat.
- When someone in the house is sick, I use Clorox wipes or spray on door knobs, light switches, and on toys.
The survey revealed some things that I have failed to do, as many other women in the survey.
- Most moms sanitize and disinfect after guest leave and not before. I’m totally guilty of this. I will start disinfecting before guests arrive too, and on a daily basis in my home on commonly touched surfaces.
- 1/2 of the women know that regular soap and water does not effectively kill bacteria OR prevent the spread of cold and flu viruses. I’m the 1/2 that didn’t know that! I use soap and water all the time on counters, toys, and other things I think may have germs on them. I am adding Clorox Disinfecting Wipes to my normal kitchen, bathroom, and household clean ups.
- There is a huge difference between cleaners that only clean dirt and grime and EPA Registered Disinfectants that clean the dirt, kill 99.9% bacteria and 99.9% of viruses. Sanitizers don’t even kill viruses!
How to Prevent the Spread of Germs, Viruses, and Flu
- Get flu vaccine (On my to-do list!)
- Cough into elbow and wash hands often
- Avoid contact with sick people, stay home if you have flu-like symptoms
- Use disinfecting wipes on frequently touched surfaces
Where should you use disinfectant wipes?
You should use disinfectant wipes on anything that is touched often like the refrigerator, microwave, light switches, phones, doorknobs, kitchen and bathroom faucets, toilet handles, toys, remote controls, steering wheel, computer keyboards, etc. I keep a container in each bathroom, in the kitchen, in our home office, and in each car. If they are within easy reach, I am more likely to use the disinfectant wipes on a regular basis.
Why use Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
I prefer Clorox Disinfecting Wipes because they clean, kill 99.9% bacteria and 99.9% viruses and can be used on many, many surfaces.
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes are safe for so many surfaces too including ceramic tile, corian counterops, formica laminate, linoleum, plastic, sealed granite, stainless steel, vinyl, chrome, polyurethane finished wood, glass, metal, porcelain, sealed marble, and glazed tile. Clorox Disinfecting Wipes offers a complete, versatile cleaning and disinfecting product. And when you are done, you simply toss it away.
How to disinfect a home?
Use Clorox Disinfecting Wipes on any hard, nonporous surface. Use enough wipes to make treated surface remain wet for 4 minutes. Let air dry. To sanitize a surface, let surface remain wet for at least 30 seconds and let air dry. When cleaning a surface that comes in contact with food, rinse is required.
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