Health and hygiene have always been an essential part of the lifestyle. With the COVID pandemic outbreak, the hygiene has come into focus even more so. Not much has been determined and discovered about this new novel coronavirus. Still, it has been fairly evident that this virus can survive on surfaces for almost 14 hours and in the air for approximately 4 hours. And this is why frequent disinfection and sanitization should become a part of life for today’s generation.
In this article, the most successful processes of disinfection and sanitization, as well as few tips to protect ourselves and our loved ones from this frustrating virus, will be discussed.
First Let Us Understand The Terms Cleaning, Sanitizing And Disinfecting:
Cleaning: Cleaning is merely removing dust and material particles from surfaces. This can be done just by using water, but it will not kill the disease-causing germs and bacteria via this method.
Sanitizing: According to the CDC, sanitizing means to reduce the germs, bacteria and viruses on surfaces. Sanitizing can be considered a watered-down version of disinfection.
Disinfection: Disinfection is the fool-proof way of protecting ourselves from disease-causing bacteria and viruses for it kills 100% of these germs. For achieving this, disinfection uses CDC and EPA approved chemicals non-toxic to both humans, pets and food.
When To Clean, Sanitize And Disinfect?
Cleaning is a daily process that needs to be part of the lifestyle. We go around various places throughout the day for both work and pleasure. And by the end of the day when we reach home, we carry all the dust and particles into our homes that need to be cleaned daily to avoid problems like allergies and asthma.
Sanitization is mostly preferred on places that do not come in contact with dangerous bacteria but still needs to be free of any germs.
For examples homes with little children, children toys, cooking vessels etc. should be sanitized for even without contact with bacteria we do not wish to take a chance with these that come in intimate contact with our bodies.
Disinfection is done mostly in areas where the presence of bacteria and viruses have adverse effects like experiment labs, hospital wards, surgery rooms etc. This service is required at homes if the members of the home have suffered from a communicable disease that spreads through contact. The blaring example relevant today of such a disease is the Covid19. However, you need to repeat this frequently.
What Are The Approved Chemicals That Can Be Used Against COVID 19 Virus?
- Disinfecting wipes (Clorox, Lysol or any store brand)
- Disinfectant spray (Purell, Clorox, Lysol)
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Hydrogen peroxide
The above chemicals have approval by both CDC and EPA. Moreover, they can effectively kill the virus, causing novel coronavirus. Start by cleaning the areas that a human comes most in contact. Here’s the list:
- Doors, Cupboard and drawer knobs and handles
- Kitchen and bathroom counters
- Toilets, especially the seat and handle
- Refrigerator, dishwasher, oven and microwave handles
- Remote controls and game controllers
- Cell phones, tablets and other mobile devices
- Laptop, Computer keyboards and mouse and other electronic devices.
- Table surfaces
- Chairs (seat, back, and arms)
- Switches and switchboards.
- TV, AC and other remote controls.
The surfaces mentioned above are all high- touch surfaces meaning the surfaces that a human comes in contact with and also share the contact most frequently in a day. Therefore, pay extra attention while maintaining the hygiene of these surfaces.
Tips To Follow While Disinfecting:
- First clean any surface to get rid of dust and material particles before sanitizing or disinfecting the surface.
- Wear gloves and a mask pre-disinfecting.
- Disinfect or throw away the packaging material.
- Sanitize your mobile devices, electronic accessories (earbuds, mobile holders, etc.) and laptops daily. And the best medium of disinfecting is the disinfectant wipes.
These are some of the essential factors of sanitizing and disinfection that are better to concentrate on and not miss during the entire process. But overall stay home and stay safe.