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The Differences Between Sanitizing and Cleaning and Disinfecting

The Differences Between Sanitizing and Cleaning and Disinfecting

Thursday, 04 March 2021 23:21

Germs are a part of everyday life that we have to live with. Some of them are helpful, but others are harmful and cause diseases. They can be found everywhere, from in our air, to soil and water. They live on our skin and in our bodies, but also on the surfaces and objects we touch. Sometimes germs can spread to you from your loved ones that make you sick. You could get infected with germs if you touch an object like a T.V remote or phone and then rub your eyes and nose. 


How Can I Avoid Getting Germs From Surfaces and Objects?

To avoid becoming infected by germs from surfaces and objects, it’s important to wash your hands with soap often. However, you can’t wash your hands every time you touch something, so it’s important to regularly clean and disinfect surfaces and objects. 

What’s the Difference Between Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting?

Some people think that disinfecting is the same thing as cleaning or sanitizing. But, they are different from one another. 


This method is most common to remove dirt, dust, crumbs, and germs from surfaces or objects. When you clean, you will likely use soap and water to physically clean off the surfaces and objects. Cleaning doesn’t necessarily kill the germs but removes some of them and fewer germs that could spread the infection to you. 


It involves using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces and objects. Some common disinfectants used are bleach and alcohol solutions. Although, you will need to leave the disinfectant on the surfaces and objects for a certain period to kill the germs. One misconception about disinfection is that it cleans dirty surfaces and removes germs immediately. 


This can be done by either cleaning, disinfecting, or both. Sanitizing means that you are lowering the germ population to a safe level, depending on public health standards or requirements at a workplace or school. There are sanitizing procedures for restaurants and other facilities that prepare food. How often you need to sanitize will vary depending on your needs. When mopping a floor, you will probably use a mop, a chemical, and waters. You may use a dishwasher to sanitize your dishes and use antibacterial wipes to clean your kitchen counters. Cleaning and disinfecting a surface or object can further lower the risk of spreading infections. There are so many products that clean and disinfect at the same time. 

How Do I Safely Clean and Disinfect?

  • Always follow the instructions and read any warning label on the cleaning products. 

  • Do not mix cleaners and disinfectants unless the labels say that it is safe to do so. 

  • Do not combine certain products such as chlorine bleach and ammonia cleaners because they can cause serious injury or even death. 

  • Check the label to see if you need to use gloves to protect your hands or eye protection when using the products. 

  • In a scenario where you swallow, inhale, or get them on your skin, follow directions on the label or seek medical help. 

  • Store them out of the reach of children or pets.

When Should I Disinfect?

While in quarantine, it’s important to disinfect the hard, nonporous surfaces throughout your home at least three times a day. If someone in your household has COVID-19 or shows symptoms, disinfect the high-touch surfaces in the areas as frequently as possible. Make sure you use EPA-approved disinfectant because EPA products are used to kill viruses and bacteria on surfaces and registered as antimicrobial pesticides. 

Top Areas of The Home to Disinfect

It’s important to disinfect your home and to regularly launder your bedding, towels, and clothing to help prevent the spread of diseases. Key areas you come into contact with numerous times a day should be regularly disinfected. These areas include:

  • Doorknobs
  • Light Switches
  • Remote Controls
  • Phones
  • Keyboards
  • Backs of Chairs
  • Counter Tops
  • Cabinet and Kitchen Appliance Handles

It’s important to disinfect your home and workplace regularly to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We have covered the basics you need to know about cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing to keep your family and coworkers safe. Disinfecting surfaces is one of the most reliable ways to help lower the risk of spreading germs from surfaces by touch. By implementing these best practices into your daily routine, it can help build habits that will lessen the spread of COVID-19 and reduce other seasonal diseases in the future. SaniSafe Pro is committed to helping fight the spread of COVID-19 and other viral illnesses. Contact us today for more information about our residential cleaning and sanitizing services.