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  • Writer's pictureChristina Colon

Clean before you Disinfect

This may seem obvious, while to others it's a concept they haven't fully thought out. Everyone knows that cleaning and disinfecting are the one of the first lines of defense in a broad approach to help prevent and slow down the spread of infectious diseases. In addition to staying home when sick, covering coughs and sneezes, and washing hands often, you should understand the difference between cleaning and disinfecting.

Cleaning removes dirt, germs, and other impurities from objects and surface areas. Cleaning is accomplished by using soap or detergent with water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This does not mean that germs have been killed, but by removing them it lowers their numbers and the risk of infectious diseases spreading.

It's okay to smile at your own reflection in the bubbles during Quarantine because #socialdistancing

Disinfecting is what kills germs on surfaces and objects. Disinfecting can be accomplished with natural sources like vinegar and water & essential oils or with traditional chemicals you can buy online or in stores, like Lysol and Clorox. Disinfecting does not clean dirty surfaces, but by killing germs on a surface after it has first been cleaned, it reduces the spread of infectious diseases even further.

*Use chemical based disinfectants as directed, spraying Lysol into the air will not only HARM your respiratory system, but it is wasteful and will it NOT prevent you from getting sick*

Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on objects and surfaces to a level deemed safe by public health standards and requirements.

The standards are higher than usual these days, but you don't need to run out and buy a full body suit just yet.

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