Ways You May Be Misusing Disinfectants In Your Home

March 18, 2020

The appearance of cleanliness can sometimes be misleading. Just because something looks clean, doesn’t mean it’s actually sanitary and there's a good chance you are not disinfecting your home properly. Here are three things to keep in mind when using cleaners with disinfectants. To be effective, disinfecting solutions need to remain in contact with the surface for a specified length of time, which varies by product, before being allowed to air-dry. For instance, the instructions on a container of Clorox Wipes direct you to wipe the surface “using enough wipes for the treated surface to remain visibly wet for four minutes.” Bleach requires a full 10 minutes of contact time to ensure complete disinfection. So instead of wiping away dry your countertops and floors, let the cleaner linger for as long as the package directions say. A recently-disinfected surface only stays germ-free until the moment it’s touched again (by hands or fluids or airborne particles). If you want a long-lasting defense against germs at home, it’s important to limit contact and disinfect your frequently-touched surfaces on a routine basis when someone at home is sick. Disinfectants can be a trusty weapon against pathogens, but using them too often can cause germs to become resistant. According to an EPA fact sheet, studies have found that the use of some disinfectant products is creating microbes that can mutate into forms that are resistant to particular disinfectants or that become superbugs. IT is why you should only use disinfectants when you need them, and only on the surfaces that have the highest risk for transmitting. Targeted hygiene, which focuses on the high-contact areas, resolves the issue of using disinfectants too much.

SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

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