How To Properly Disinfect Your Home

by Sarah Brooks June 17, 2020

How To Properly Disinfect Your Home

Our whole world has changed over the last 4 months, the days of grabbing the washcloth from the sink to wipe down the counter and consider it clean are over. Now more than ever we are acutely aware of what we are touching, how often we are washing our hands and what has touched the surfaces in our homes.

We have known for a long time that we “should” clean the kitchen counter after placing grocery bags on it, but it hasn’t always been as much of a priority as it is now. It has also been assumed that taking a disinfectant spray and spritzing the door handle was enough in keeping our homes safe and healthy but that is not always the case.

The first step in disinfecting a surface or object is thoroughly cleaning it first. Using a product like OneTab All Purpose or bathroom cleaner to remove dirt, debris, oil and grease build up will give you a clean surface to apply disinfectant. According to the CDC, cleaning removes germs and stops them from spreading or growing. Cleaning does not kill germs, but it will remove them from the surface. If you skip the step of cleaning before disinfecting bacteria can hide under dirt particles or debris. Since cleaning does not kill germs it is important to use a new cloth or sponge on each surface being disinfected, otherwise you can re deposit germs to a new surface. For additional tips on cleaning your home check out 8 Common Cleaning mistakes and how you can stop making them 

Although OneTab does not require the use of PPE in application when it comes to disinfecting wearing gloves and or a face mask will reduce the possibility that you will spread any germs while cleaning and disinfecting.

Once the surface or object has been cleaned and no debris remains you are can go ahead with using your disinfectant product. Be sure to follow all directions and read any warnings before using any products in your home.

Disinfecting is the process of killing bacteria, however, disinfecting does not necessarily mean that a surface or object is clean. By cleaning the item or surface first, you will further reduce the spread of bacteria. Disinfectants often require a specified amount of surface contact (generally 3-5 minutes) with an object or surface in order to be effective. Be sure to read and follow all directions as more than one application may be required in order give the desired results.

So many surfaces in our lives need to be cleaned on a regular basis in order to keep our families safe and healthy. In a time when so many products are being used it is more important than ever to choose solutions that are safe for our environment. One package of OneTabs have 4 full bottles of cleaning power in a small and recyclable package. Our products are fully biodegradable and cruelty free. You can feel good about using the Smarter, Greener, Cleaner!


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Sarah Brooks
Sarah Brooks


Promoter of clean homes and sustainable resources. I have been a Business Development Rep for close to 20 years and enjoy assisting my customers in finding products that are right for them. It is always my goal to have everyone at the table feel comfortable and satisfied with their buying choices.

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