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Friday, September 23, 2022

How to Clean and Disinfect your Home and your Stuff

Even before the pandemic hit, cleaning the house has been a hobby of my partner. And I’m not just talking about sweeping the floor and wiping the surfaces of dust. Because we regularly receive packages both for work and from budols, he’s constantly scrubbing, moving, re-boxing and disinfecting our small space.

 

During our grocery runs, while I would spend more time on personal care and the food section, he’ll go his separate way and I’ll find him at the houseware section checking out all the new cleaning products.

 

He even became more OC during the lockdowns we actually still have stocks of alcohol we bought during the first quarantine and he’ll wash or spray disinfectant everything.

 

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from COVID-19, it’s that cleaning your home isn’t just for looks.. Cleaning and disinfecting your home are important for reducing the spread of germs and bacteria that cause infection and illness.

 

While person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 poses a much greater risk than transmission via surfaces, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces at least once a day, even if you’re not leaving the house. That’s because anytime items or people come in and out of your home, there’s some possibility of exposure.

 

A recent study found that the novel coronavirus can remain in the air for up to three hours and live on surfaces such as cardboard for up to 24 hours, and plastic and stainless steel for up to three days.

 

Cleaning has become more personal and people now recognize the importance of disinfecting their homes and view cleaning as a way to protect the health and safety of their family versus just thinking of cleaning as a chore.

 

What’s the difference between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting?

 

Cleaning and disinfecting remain important year-round. Many common illnesses, such as colds and flu viruses, can be spread through surface contact.

 

Cleaning: is the removal of unwanted contaminants, such as soil, dirt, and grease from your hands, a surface or another type of material. This usually involves using soap and water or a proper surface cleaner.

 

Sanitizing on the other hand means reducing the number of bacteria on a surface to levels considered safe by public health codes or regulations. It doesn’t necessarily mean you have eliminated the germs. But it does mean you have lowered the risk.

 

As for disinfecting it is the process of inactivating bacteria, viruses, and fungi that may cause infections and disease.

 

But don’t let the word “disinfect” overwhelm you. Keeping germs down to a minimum in your home is easier than you think all you need is to follow these tips and use the right tools.

 

First is to consider the common household touchpoints: These are the things everyone in a household touches every day, multiple times through the day. These are the items that should be wiped down with an antibacterial solution. You can use premoistened wipes that include a bleach or non-bleach wipes made from an antibacterial solution. You can also spray similar solutions on a dry cloth to achieve the same results. But make sure you follow the label directions on what type of surfaces that product should and should not be used on.

 

Some examples include electronics, such as TV remotes, gaming controls, and keyboards, Phones, both landlines and mobile phones, Handles on window blinds, faucets, toilet lids, cabinet handles, doorknobs, storage containers, such as those used to store food, laundry products and cleaning supplies, baby changing tables.

 

Solbac Surface Disinfectant Spray is an all in one cleaner, sanitizer and disinfectant that is convenient to use and no rinse. It is for specific application in hard surfaces like countertops, door knobs, toilet seats, sinks, telephones, tables, couches and other surfaces that is prone to contamination. It has a safe and effective broad spectrum of active ingredients that kills bacteria and viruses instantly.

Because its convenient and easy to use we also have a stock of Solbac Disinfecting wipes which we use to wipe those deliveries and when we go eat out to wipe the restaurant tables., just to be on the safe side.  

 

For Bathrooms make sure to clean and disinfect everything in a bathroom, including toilets, sinks, counters, toilet paper dispensers, floors, showers, and tubs. It’s also a good idea to disinfect decorative items, such as tissue dispensers and toothbrush holders.

 

Another product we’ve been using is the Solbac Disinfectant Spray. Solbac’s 3-in1 action kills bacteria like e.coli, staphylococcus, streptococcus, salmonella, TB Bacteria as well as viruses such as influenza virus, rhinovirus, adenovirus, herpes, rotaviruses, enteroviruses. 

 

It can be sprayed on mattresses, pillows and even shower curtains to control mold and mildew. It eliminates odors retained in fabrics if you spray them on curtains, drapes and upholstered furniture.  

 

I’m pretty sure you’ve heard about those poo sprays, and if you’re like me who is quite picky about using public toilets make sure you have Solbac Toilet Drops in your bag. With just a few drops on the toilet it prevents unpleasant odor and you can also wipe it on the toilet seat for a worry-free experience. It is scented with a hint of floral and menthol giving you fresh confidence every time you need to go.

 

When possible, open your windows to increase air flow through your home. Stagnant air allows germs to sit and expose others to illness.

 

Not all cleaning products are effective on all types of germs, so you should know exactly which products kill COVID-19.

 

You don’t need to clean your house from top to bottom each day, but you should focus on disinfecting the areas that are hot-spots for germs with Solbac cleaning and disinfecting your home is easier and also makes everything smell a lot fresher.

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