Disinfection Mistakes

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In these days of Covid19 it is more important that ever to maintain a clean environment and disinfect all surfaces. Many people realized this, which is why they stockpiled sanitizer and other disinfectants. But it is all too easy to go about this the wrong way, and be ineffective when we try to clean surfaces.

Difference Between Cleaning and Disinfecting.
Cleaning removes dirt and reduces the germs on a surface. This helps reduce the spreading of diseases to a small extent. Disinfection kills all the germs on a surface by using chemicals.

Disinfecting Daily
The surfaces are constantly being exposed to more germs, at least if there are people around. The germs will be airborne, so disinfect daily.

Being too Quick
Some people spray the disinfectant and immediately wipe it away. Leave the disinfectant on the surface long enough for it to work. The instructions on the pack are a good guide.

Cleaning First
We need to remove grease and other substances from the surface before we disinfect, otherwise we may be disinfecting the top of the grease rather than the surface underneath.

Skipping areas.
Every surface in the kitchen and bathroom may harbor bacteria. Door-handles, chopping boards, bench-top food preparation areas are all prime suspects. But towel racks, the rims under benches, the back of doors, and light fitting may also carry germs.

Dirty Sponges
Sponges are absorbing all that dirt and bacteria. So if we keep using the same sponge we end up spreading the germs around. Disinfect the sponge by micorwaving it while it is wet, or putting it in the dishwasher.

Microfibre cloths
These are great because the fibers are actually fine enough to clean way bacteria. We like to disinfect afterward to be double certain, but microfiber cloths are better than paper towels or sponges.

Storage Areas
The knife block will pick up germs from the knives, at least if they are not cleaned and disinfected first. Clean all storage areas for cutlery and cooking utensils.

Washing Up
Let plates and cooking equipment sit in hot water for a few minutes to kill off germs. Or use an electric dishwasher.

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