How to Get Rid of Germs: Home Disinfecting 101

by superclean - September 20, 2021

It’s that time of year again. It’s time to take measures to keep your home clean of germs causing colds, the flu, and other illnesses caused by viruses and bacteria. Keeping household germs disinfected can feel like a daunting task, but using the steps below, you can keep your home relatively germ-free this time of year.

Best Disinfectant Spray for Your Home

One of the best ways to keep your home germ-free is to choose the appropriate cleaning products for disinfecting. When you pick out a product, check to see how long it takes for the disinfectant to kill bacteria and germs. It’s also a good idea to see which disinfectants work best with different types of surfaces. The CDC has a complete list of procedures and products for disinfecting your home. 

If you are looking for items specific to COVID-19 disinfectants, the EPA has created a list of products that kill the Coronavirus. Make sure to consider the safety of the cleaning product–particularly with young children, pets, and family members with asthma or breathing problems. To make sure you know how to best use your disinfectant products, the EPA has created an infographic on best practices for using a disinfectant spray for your home.

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Cleaning High-Touch Areas

The areas of your home where most germs linger are the places that get touched the most: appliance handles, doorknobs, faucets, cabinet pulls, nightstands, handrails on stairs, light switches, tv remotes, phones, stuffed animals, couch pillows, and even the handle for flushing a toilet. Bacteria and germs can stay on these surfaces for up to forty-eight hours. 

Follow the instructions on your disinfectant spray to make sure your disinfectant is effective. Most will need to dry on their own because the germs are killed during the evaporation process. However, some of the items listed will need a cotton ball with alcohol to wipe on the surface, so that liquid does not get inside the item (like phones and remotes).

Disinfect Linens

One of the most important areas for disinfecting your home after the flu is your linens. When someone is sick, they tend to stay in bed, and you need to disinfect that area as quickly as possible. In hot water, wash sheets and pillowcases, pajamas or clothing worn while sick, bathroom towels (especially hand towels), and any blankets used during illness. If your washing machine has an antibacterial cycle, now is the time to use it. Try to use the highest temperature settings possible to wash your linens.

For fabrics that can’t be put in the washing machine, consider a spray disinfectant. Make sure to test a hidden spot first. Another great option is to bring in professional home cleaning services. Home cleaning services can ease any concerns you have about disinfecting your home properly and giving you the peace of mind to know that your home has been completely disinfected.

Continual Disinfecting

One of the best ways to prevent germs from causing illnesses in your home is to have a regular routine for disinfecting your house. Some of the suggestions listed below can be done in less than half an hour a day. Another option is to have a weekly cleaning service that disinfects your home regularly. Here are some easy steps you can do to keep your home germ-free or you can hire professionals to take on this job for you:

  • At the end of the day disinfect kitchen countertops, appliance handles, and the sink faucet/handle.
  • Either use paper towels or throw your dishcloths into the washing machine on high heat at the end of every day.
  • Quickly disinfect the bathroom: faucet handles, countertops, and the handle for flushing the toilet.
  • If you use a sponge to wash dishes, place it in the dishwasher every night to be sanitized.
  • Every week, clean the toilets, bathtubs and showers, your toothbrush holder, and wipe down keyboards, light switches, doorknobs, and remote controls. 

Home Disinfection Services from Super Clean 360

If you need professional house cleaning services, Super Clean 360 is committed to doing whatever we can to help our clients through this challenging time. We have a large service area and we’re devoted to doing our best to keep your home clean, disinfected, and happy. We come fully stocked with EPA-approved disinfectants. We also have updated our safety data sheets (SDS sheets) following the outbreak of COVID-19 and instructed our teams on the proper use of these EPA-approved disinfecting agents.

Between each home disinfection service, we disinfect all of our tools before moving on to the next home to prevent cross-contamination. All of our equipment is sanitized using EPA-approved cleaning chemicals before being placed into a clean tool container. We clean all heavily used tools and equipment with a solution of bleach and water or with Lysol spray. 

If you want to learn more about our personalized care and exceptional customer service, book your home disinfection service today! And rest assured, you will have trained, experienced professionals fighting the spread of illness where it matters most: your home.