Cleaning and Disinfecting

Something that is frequently asked of people is whether we fight germs while cleaning and whether these germs are actually killed during the cleaning process. Or do cleaning products just get up dirt and grime? Some misconceptions come from the media and commercials, and you get a variety of answers.

Some cleaning products advertise and claim that their products kill bacteria and viruses. And some do. But, most people will say. “Soap will adequately kill germs” This concept is wrong! The right sentence would be: “Most soap will adequately remove dirt and grime.” This is because soap isn’t designed to kill bacteria.
Disinfectants contain antimicrobial and antibacterial agents which will kill most bacteria and viruses on surfaces of objects. (A surface should be free of soil for effective disinfection.)
Disinfectant cleaners also contain surfactants to remove dirt and grime in addition to antimicrobial and antibacterial agents to kill germs. Therefore, these are very effective at cleaning the surface of things as well as killing bacteria and virus’s. Label instructions must be followed to ensure proper disinfection.
To make disinfectant and antimicrobial claims, the disinfectant products must get tested to make sure they work, and then they get registered with the Environmental Protection Agency.
Disinfection treatment is to destroy harmful microorganisms. Disinfectant is an agent that kills and inhibits the growth of disease-carrying microorganisms. Disinfection will reduce the number of microorganisms to safe levels.
The definition of cleaning is the process of making something free of dirt, grime, grease, and other unhealthy substances… To clean the proper way, heat has to get applied in the form of moist heat or steam along with chemicals and detergents plus the physical energy of rubbing the surface with friction.
Disinfectants do not clean appropriately by themselves. Plus, it is necessary to clean items or surfaces before you use disinfect them, and this is mainly because disinfectants are inhibited and neutralized with the presence of dirt and grime. Many people do not clean and disinfect properly, or they re-contaminate surfaces that have been sterilized by using dirty cloths to rinse.
There are many antibacterial cleaning products, from soap, cleaners, and foam to kitchen and bathroom cleaners. More than 80% of all liquid hand soaps and nearly 40% of bar soaps contain antibacterial agents. This may seem significant and great, but there is recent research that shows that having so many antimicrobial and antibacterial agents in cleaning products may cause the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Reading the product label to determine if there are antimicrobial ingredients will give you the directions and safety precautions. Most people will know that the things that make the product do its job, like killing germs or disinfecting surfaces, they may wonder what the “inert” or “other ingredients” are in a cleaning product. They aren’t just water, and they aren’t useless. They may include solvents that dissolve other ingredients or emulsifiers, which keep the ingredients suspended inside a liquid so that they will be applied evenly. And also fragrances and perfumes, to make them smell better, and a bunch of other things, like surfactants and detergents, that are designed to make cleaning easier.

Choosing the right cleaner is easy. You don’t have to spend much money on fancy cleaners. Many people are surprised that all you may need is some bleach or ammonia to do the job of disinfecting and using a generic brand of soap to get up the dirt and grime.

Keeping our homes clean is essential, but we must remember not to go overboard with disinfecting. We do not want to cause more antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which is becoming more and more of a problem as the company’s rush to put disinfectants in all their products.

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