Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Cleaning and Disinfecting?

Where Are Germs Found?

Germs are an unavoidable part of life. Some are beneficial, while others are detrimental and cause illness. They’re in our air, land, and water, and they’re everywhere. They’re all over our bodies and on our skin. Germs can also be found on surfaces and items that we come into contact with.

Those germs can sometimes spread to you and make you sick. A tv remote, for example, could contain pathogens. If you contact the remote and then rub your eyes or nose or eat with your hands, you could become sick with the bacteria.

How Can I Stay Away From Germs On Surfaces And Objects?

It is critical to wash your hands frequently to avoid becoming contaminated by germs on surfaces and objects. You can’t, however, wash your hands every time you come into contact with something. As a result, it’s critical to clean and disinfect surfaces and objects on a frequent basis.

What’s The Difference When It Comes To Cleaning, Sanitising, And Disinfecting?

Some individuals believe that disinfection is synonymous with cleaning or sanitising. They are, nevertheless, different:

Cleaning surfaces and items remove dirt, dust, crumbs, and pathogens. When cleaning, you’ll probably use soap (or detergent) and water to scrub the surfaces and objects. This may or may not be enough to kill the germs. However, now that you’ve eradicated some of them, there are fewer germs that could infect you.

Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces and objects by using chemicals (disinfectants). Bleach and alcohol solutions are two common disinfectants. To destroy germs, you normally need to leave the disinfectant on surfaces and items for a set amount of time. Disinfecting does not always mean cleaning or removing germs.

Cleaning, disinfecting, or both could be used to sanitise. When you sanitise, you’re reducing the number of germs to a safe level. Public health regulations or criteria determine what constitutes a safe amount in a workplace, school, or other location. Restaurants and other food-preparation facilities, for example, have sanitising protocols. Depending on your demands, you’ll perform different things to sterilise. A mop, a chemical, and water may be used to mop a floor. To disinfect the plates, you may use a dishwasher. You might also be wiping a tv remote with an antibacterial wipe.

You can further reduce the likelihood of illness spread by cleaning and disinfecting a surface or object. There are products available that clean as well as disinfect.

How Much Disinfection Is Too Much?

It’s on everyone’s mind these days to make sure their home is secure and healthy—and to keep it that way. Cleaning and disinfection are required and crucial for achieving and maintaining a healthy home. Although cleaning and disinfecting are frequently used interchangeably, the two terms have separate meanings and functions.

Cleaning physically removes dust, filth, and soil from surfaces, typically removing some germs and reducing the number of pathogens present in the process. On the other hand, cleaning does not completely disinfect the surface; bacteria are still present and alive. When disinfecting, it’s crucial to think about how often you should disinfect and how many disinfectants you should use to efficiently destroy bacteria.

Disinfect High-Touch Surfaces On A Regular Basis.

How often should you do it when it comes to disinfecting your home? To begin, establish which surfaces need to be disinfected. Light switches, doorknobs, countertops, faucets, remote controls, and other surfaces that you and your family come into contact with regularly are examples of high-touch surfaces.

You may decide what a “regular basis” implies in your home after you know your high-touch surfaces. This can vary depending on your surroundings, how frequently you and your family interact with people or locations outside of your home, and how frequently your family touches high-touch objects.

Disinfecting high-touch surfaces breaks the chain of illness by removing germs from areas where you and your family are most likely to come into contact with them. This is crucial to keep in mind. According to science, disinfecting high-contact surfaces break the chain of infection by killing 99.99% of germs, limiting or eliminating their ability to increase, and minimising the likelihood of transmission through touch.

Disinfectants: How to Use Them Correctly and Effectively

Because bacteria may live and grow on surfaces, you might imagine that using additional disinfectants throughout the house would lower the chance of infection even more. False! Though cleaning and disinfection can significantly reduce the number of microorganisms on surfaces, you should ask yourself the following questions before adopting a “more is better” mentality.

How Often Does Someone’s Hand Come Into Contact With The Surface?

Disinfecting places like walls, ceilings, the top of the refrigerator, baseboards, and so on isn’t always efficient or cost-effective. Those “low-touch” regions, according to the International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene (IFH), have the lowest risk of infection. Limiting disinfection to only the areas most likely to spread disease reduces the danger of abusing the disinfectant while also lowering the cost of keeping your house safe and healthy.

What Or Who Might Come Into Contact With That Region?

While the frequency of contact is crucial when deciding which surfaces to disinfect, it’s also necessary to evaluate what comes into contact with the locations to be cleansed. 

It’s also critical to follow the recommendations on the label when sanitising locations where food is produced or ingested. After the proper dwell time has been met, most disinfectants require rinsing food-contact surfaces with potable water; check the label of the disinfectant you’re using to determine if rinsing is required.

What Are The Risks Associated With The Disinfectant Being Used?

In terms of chemistry and application, not all disinfectants are made equal. Just because a disinfectant kills germs, it doesn’t guarantee that it also kills “good” bacteria, plants, or even pets. Harsher disinfectants, such as bleach or peroxide, can harm the human body and the surfaces they are used on. Although quat-based disinfectants are less hazardous than bleach or peroxide, they pose a risk. As a result, it’s critical to understand what type of disinfectant you’re using or have in your home, as well as the risks that come with it.

The use of a disinfectant can potentially be hazardous to one’s health. Fogging, for example, introduces the disinfectant as micro-droplets into your home’s atmosphere. Anyone present at the time of application, even dogs, can readily absorb those micro-droplets into their lungs. A clean and healthy house has never been more vital to your family’s health and safety, but knowing how and when to disinfect correctly may help guarantee that your healthy home does not become a health threat.

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