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Foolproof Ways to Disinfect Your Home, according to Experts
While we always seek a clean, germ-free home, there is no denying how the current situation has forced everyone to look for more effective ways to keep our homes clean and as spotless as humanly possible. Take a look at these highly-effective and reliable ways to disinfect your homes.
Probably different from what we're used to, face masks and disinfectants are now essentials wherever we go. Gone are the days when we can take our shoes inside without worrying, as we're feeling extra cautious now of what we may bring home. Cleaning is not enough anymore. We now have to disinfect our homes regularly to have peace of mind.
However, what we use to supposedly keep our homes clean and safe for our loved ones may be compromising their health. We may not be aware that the most popular cleaning and disinfecting solutions we know are full of harsh chemicals that pose serious health hazards.
For example, both bleach and Lysol have long been known to kill common germs and bacteria. We thought we were doing our family a favor when we use these products to clean our homes—and for good reason.
However, did you know of their harmful effects?
The truth about bleach and Lysol
While it is true that both bleach and Lysol are powerful enough to kill germs causing common illnesses, the long-term effect they have on your family's well-being is too alarming to ignore.
For instance, the reason why they're tough on bacteria is that they contain harsh chemicals that could naturally be toxic to humans. An article from Healthline mentions how cleaning with bleach can release harmful airborne particles, which can cause many healthy issues.
We should start to avoid having them for continuous household use.
We already know how dangerous bleach can be when ingested, especially by little children. But did you also know that prolonged exposure to the chemical, even without any direct contact, can also cause irreversible health damages to your family?
In the same way, Lysol also has the same toxic ingredients that are unsafe for human health. There are also many risks involved with regard to misuse and mishandling, especially around children, as mentioned in an article from NY Times.
Moreover, the use of both these cleaning solutions also has a negative impact on the environment.
How should I clean my home?
- Protect your skin with gloves. Contact dermatitis (or skin rashes) can become common with frequent exposure to chemicals. You can even get it from washing your hands often, which you may have already noticed these past few months.
- Treat electronics with care. When disinfecting electronics (phones, keyboards), you can use products containing at least 70% alcohol.
- When cleaning with soap and water, know that rubbing helps to eliminate germs. It creates friction to help break down pathogens. This goes for both cleaning surfaces and your hands, and it's why vigorous hand washing for at least 20 seconds is recommended.
Regular Disinfecting Checklist
While you should always make it a point to clean every nook and cranny, Penn Medicine made special mention of the following items to disinfect thoroughly:
- Cupboard and drawer knobs/pulls
- Kitchen and bathroom counters
- Toilets, especially the seat and handle
- Refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, and microwave handles
- Remote controls and game controllers
- Cell phones, tablets, and other mobile devices
- Computer keyboards and mice
- Door knobs/handles
- Table surfaces
- Staircase railings
- Light switches/switch plates
Knowing this fact may have you asking questions on how you're supposed to clean your home when your go-to cleaning products are not safe. Good for us, there is now a better alternative that is not only safe for your loved ones, but also 300x more effective than bleach.
Petra's ULV500 HOCI cleaner has been formulated with family members and pets in mind. Understanding the dangers of all these harsh chemicals, ULV500 was created to give people the option to clean without worrying about the adverse side effects. People should be able to disinfect their homes without compromising their family's well-being and health.
Why should you ditch bleach and start using ULV500?
- This revolutionary surface cleaner is made of HOCI. Hypochlorous Acid is nature's oldest cleaner. It's in the same family of chemicals as bleach, but it's much better. It's the primary substance that your white blood cells produce to fight off infections.
- Petra ULV500 Professional Surface Cleaner results from an advanced production technology that creates Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl), one of the best germ eliminators known to humankind. HOCl has been used for nearly 200 years and has been shown to be up to 80 times more effective than bleach.
- It is a powerhouse of a cleaner. Easy and ready-to-use, you can feel good about using this surface cleaner at home or around your loved ones without worrying about their health and safety.
- Petra ULV500 Professional Surface Cleaner is tough on germs at 500 PPM vs. the usual 300 PPM but still gentle. You can use Petra ULV500 Professional Surface Cleaner at your leisure over many months without losing any efficacy. Additionally, a two-step rinse process is not required.
Safety and health should be everyone's priority. There is no need for you to choose one over the other, especially when it comes to your family. Now more than ever, we should be conscious of what we take home and how we keep our homes clean. We must be mindful of how we disinfect our homes and make sure we do it the best, safest way possible.