The virus can be lurking in any corner of your home. It can be on any surface, your keyboard, your car, especially those high-touch surfaces and objects. This has made you want to constantly clean and disinfect every inch of your house and disinfect most of your belongings whenever you can. So, while you may think that you’re doing it the right way to keep the virus and germs away, it can turn out that you’re not doing it right.
Wrong disinfection may cause more harm than good. So, what are the mistakes you are making in disinfection?
Not Knowing The Difference Between Cleaning and Disinfecting
Both cleaning and disinfecting are two different things. When you clean, you physically remove the germs on top of a surface or an object such as tables or cellphones. But when you are disinfecting a surface or object, you chemically kill and remove the germs on it to prevent any viruses from infecting those who touch the germy surface.
This means that when a surface or an object looks physically clean, it does not mean that it is disinfected. Because viruses are usually undetectable to the naked eye, if you don’t disinfect, the virus can start to spread and infect anyone who had any contact with the object or surface.
Disinfecting is a much better choice to make sure that most of the germs and viruses are killed to spread any infections.
Not Using The Correct Products
Since cleaning and disinfecting are two different terms, there are also different products for both cleaning and disinfecting. Disinfecting products are a lot more powerful to make sure it kills any germs and bacteria while cleaning products are milder because they only physically remove and do not kill the bacteria and germs on the surface.
Disinfecting products that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that meet their requirements for disinfecting for SARS-CoV-2 are Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, Windex Disinfectant Cleaner, Lysol Disinfecting Wipes, and Comet Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner to name a few.
Mixing Chemicals That Are Not Supposed to be Mixed
Certain chemicals should not be mixed because you may accidentally create a poisonous substance or fumes that can cause your lungs to burn when inhaled. For example, mixing bleach with vinegar can create potentially lethal chlorine gas.
Try not to create your concoction in the name of making your disinfectant “more powerful” because, in the end, you might just cause more harm than good to not only yourself but also those who are in the vicinity.
Wiping Disinfectants Too Soon
Spraying or applying disinfectants on the surface and wiping it straight away will get you nowhere. Certain disinfectants should not be wiped away immediately because they will not have enough time to kill all the bacteria on the surface.
Make sure that you read the label of the disinfectant you’ve bought to make sure that you’re not wiping it away too soon.
COVID-19 can be in any corner, so make sure that you disinfect your surroundings properly. This will help you reduce the risk of getting infected. Protect yourself and your loved ones from the virus by doing a great job in disinfecting. Make sure to read labels and research the chemical disinfectants you use to prevent any mishaps.
Also, always be cautious when handling chemical disinfectants as some can be harmful when inhaled or when touched with your bare hands for too long.