By now we all know that keeping our hands and surroundings clean is key to staying healthy, but it’s important to know how to clean your home. In fact, while they’re often used interchangeably, cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting are not the same thing. And knowing the difference is essential to staying safe.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Cleaning removes germs, dirt and impurities from surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.
- Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.
- Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe…