Hygiene and sanitising has become even more important with the COVID-19 pandemic, but sometimes having too much information available means that its easy to stumble across incorrect facts. We're busting some of the common myths about disinfecting.
MYTH: Sanitising and disinfecting are the same thing
TRUTH: Though commonly used together, cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting are three different things. According to the Centers for Disease Control, cleaning removes any visible dirt, dust from a surface by washing and rinsing, but it does not automatically disinfect. Sanitizing reduces the risk of illness by removing some harmful bacteria. However, if you want to be truly thorough, you’ll need to disinfect, which kills most of the bacteria and viruses.
MYTH: Plant-based cleaners don't work
TRUTH: When they are used properly, plant-based disinfectants can be just as effective as chemical cleaners, but might just work a little slower. Like chemical-based cleaners, not all formulas are created equally, so we'd suggest checking the labels and asking for recommendations.
MYTH: Disinfecting works instantaneously
TRUTH: To disinfection something properly, it takes time. It’s essential to check the product directions for how long hard, non-porous surfaces must stay wet for the most effective germ killing.