A clean home is important for good health and wellbeing, but how you clean your home makes a difference.
With health and hygiene a top priority, it’s important to understand how to clean your home effectively.
How we approach cleaning our homes has changed over time.
Powerful chemical formulas with anti-bacterial properties used to sanitise and disinfect our homes were incorporated into daily cleaning routines.
More recently, green and even chemical-free options have become preferable to bringing toxic chemicals into our homes that have shown to have health implications.
But what is the difference between cleaning, sanitising and disinfecting?
When should we clean, sanitise and disinfect our homes and how do we do it properly to keep our homes healthy?
People often think disinfecting is cleaning, only better, but disinfecting a surface doesn’t actually clean the surface at all.
Disinfectants are designed to destroy all organisms on a surface, this means using pretty powerful chemicals like bleach that becomes inactive when in contact with dirt.
Like disinfecting, sanitising involves the use of chemicals that destroy organisms and requires a clean surface to work effectively.
Unlike disinfecting, sanitising doesn’t aim to destroy all organisms, just reduce their numbers to a safe level.
Cleaning at its core is removing dirt, grime and bacteria from a surface. Cleaning is also an essential part of disinfecting surfaces.
Cleaning regularly prevents germs from growing to unsafe levels.
Some people use detergents, however with products like ENJO you can clean and physically remove dirt, grime and bacteria from surfaces without chemicals.
Keeping our homes clean is something we need to do to stay healthy.
It’s important to remember that disinfecting and sanitising involves chemicals with toxic (and sometimes undisclosed) ingredients that are harmful to touch, ingest and inhale.
Understanding how and when you need to clean, sanitise and disinfect means you can keep your home safe and healthy.
Regular cleaning calls for effective, reliable and time-saving cleaning products so you can maintain a safe home easily.
As we clean our homes daily, choosing to clean chemical-free helps minimise contact with harsh chemicals while effectively keeping your home clean and safe.
A chemical-free cleaning routine improves your home’s overall indoor air quality, it also means no chemical surface contact time and no rinsing, making cleaning super quick and easy.
ENJO’s patented ENJOtex fibres lift, trap and remove dirt from surfaces with just water.
Disinfecting involves the use of toxic chemicals like bleach and is usually recommended for surfaces in healthcare facilities like hospitals.
However, when someone is sick you may choose to disinfect surfaces that come into contact with bodily fluids to prevent the spread of pathogenic germs.
Surfaces are required to be cleaned thoroughly before you disinfect.
Common disinfectants like bleach are harmful to touch, ingest and breathe in. It’s important to note warning labels, and it’s recommended you wear a mask, rubber gloves and goggles, and to keep the area well-ventilated.
Follow the label instructions carefully, improper use (stronger or weaker solutions) may reduce the effectiveness or cause injury.
Diluted bleach requires 10–60 minutes contact time to effectively kill organisms, keep windows open before, during and after use.
Sanitising requires a more diluted bleach solution compared to disinfecting.
If someone at home is sick, you may choose to sanitise surfaces that you touch regularly around the home, such as door handles and light switches.
In a healthy household, simply cleaning door handles and light switches (in addition to good handwashing) is good practice to keep your home healthy.
Follow the instructions carefully, including contact time and note warning labels before use.
Open windows to keep the area well ventilated and make sure you thoroughly rinse chemical residue.
There are areas of the home that can be neglected in our regular cleaning routine. Make sure you wipe down high contact surfaces like handles, switches, remote controls and benchtops. Staying on top of your cleaning routine prevents germs from growing to unsafe levels.
We touch our faces on average 23 times an hour. Washing your hands frequently using proper handwashing technique and keeping surfaces you touch regularly (including your phone) clean helps prevent the spread of germs.
When someone is unwell it’s important to follow expert advice to prevent the spread of germs. This is especially important during a worldwide pandemic.
If you’re using chemicals to disinfect your home remember to follow instructions carefully. Never mix different chemicals, store them safely and keep your home well ventilated.
As our daily lives are changing owing to COVID-19, ENJO Australia is making changes to the way we do business.
For the safety of our Customers and Business Owners, we will be supporting ENJO Business owners in hosting Digital Demos as a way to continue sharing ENJO with their local community.
We understand Digital Demos will be different and there may be some hurdles along the way, however, now more than ever we appreciate your support for small businesses.
If you’re interested in a Digital Demo get in touch.
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