According to the CDC, the chances of contracting the COVID-19 virus are more from person-to-person contact than surfaces, but it’s still possible. As the science and information about the spread of SARS-CoV-2 continues to emerge, several myths and false data around surface disinfection have been doing the rounds.
Here we debunk six disinfecting myths, so you can protect your family from contracting the deadly virus:
Cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfection are the same things
According to the CDC, cleaning refers to removing germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. Cleaning does not kill germs; instead, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection. Disinfection refers to the use of EPA-registered chemicals (or disinfectants) to kill germs.
Sanitizing requires a 99.999% reduction in bacteria, whereas disinfecting requires a greater reduction in bacteria than even sanitizing. So, when discussing killing viruses, which are more difficult to kill than bacteria, disinfecting is the better option.
Disinfectants are suitable for humans and fresh food
Don’t use DIY or commercial disinfectant for your skin or fresh produce. Strong alcohol-based products and chemicals like bleach are harmful to the human body, vegetables, and fruits. A few drops can result in skin damage. The best way to disinfect yourself is to take a hot shower after returning home and thoroughly wash your clothes.
Plant-based disinfectants don’t work
Most disinfectants use alcohol-based products like isopropyl alcohol (made from petroleum). However, ethyl alcohol, an alcohol made from plants, is an EPA-approved eco-friendly alternative. You should be skeptical of disinfectants that aren’t registered with EPA.
Soap and water for surface cleaning are useless against COVID-19
Although commercial disinfectants have taken the market by storm, basic soap-and-water scrubbing can, in fact, kill bacteria and viruses like COVID-19. The mixture of soap and water dislodges germs and causes them to slide off surfaces when rinsing. You can mix regular dish soap with hot water in a spray bottle, scrub the surface to form foam and rinse with plain water. It’s a great way to clean surfaces before applying a chemical disinfectant to kill the remaining germs.
Only commercial disinfectants work against COVID-19
The Center for Disease Control endorses bleach and rubbing alcohol for disinfecting non-porous home surfaces. These two are everyday household products that make a perfect and instant DIY disinfectant.
To make your DIY disinfectant:
- Dilute a bleach solution by mixing one-third cup of bleach to 1 gallon of water
- Apply full-strength rubbing alcohol (minimum 60% alcohol) to the surfaces
You must allow the disinfectant to sit for several minutes before rinsing with water.
Vinegar is an effective disinfectant
The mixture of soap and water is an effective cleaning agent, and the homemade DIY solution (pt. 5) is an EPA-registered disinfectant product. However, vinegar is not an EPA-registered disinfectant. It will not even pass for a sanitizer, let alone a disinfectant.
About HIRO Systems Hawaii
You must only use an EPA-registered disinfectant for maintaining your household virus-free. At HIRO Systems Hawaii, we offer all-purpose everyday cleaners that are free of toxic fumes and chemicals. Our wide range of disinfecting solutions and machines are suitable for both commercial and residential needs. If you have any queries about what we do and how our solutions work, reach out to us at (808) 359-2298. You can also fill our online contact form to know more.