A disinfectant will be one of your domestic cleaning staples. As they help to keep your loved ones free from nasty infections and keep your hard surfaces looking clean, disinfectants are used very frequently in the kitchen and bathroom areas of every house. Just what is the appropriate way to use these disinfectants, though? The correct application of a disinfectant will kill the largest proportion of bacteria, keeping everyone else at their healthiest. This article offers some useful guidelines.
Disinfectants in the Kitchen
There are a number of areas within the kitchen that you should disinfect on a regular basis.
- As a good hygiene practice, food preparation surfaces should be cleaned on a daily basis. Tabletops and kitchen counters can be sprayed with disinfectant and wiped down with a clean soft cloth. Clean the inside of your refrigerator and storage cupboards, too – though be sure to use an appropriate product whenever cleaning the inside of the fridge.
- Chopping boards and breadboards must also be disinfected frequently. The best approach is to scrub at the boards with a vinegar or chlorine-based cleaning solution to kill off the bacteria growing within their pores.
- Your sink will come into a lot of contact with plates, cutlery, and the food you eat, so it is vital that you disinfect it thoroughly. In addition to washing out and disinfecting the surface, consider drying out your sink with a towel after using it – damp conditions accelerate bacterial growth.
- Not only is your rubbish bin going to harbour a lot of germs, it will start to smell if left dirty for a long time. Every couple of weeks you should clean the bin out, disinfect it, and apply a deodoriser to get rid of the nasty smells.
- Finally, wipe down the tables and chairs before serving up meals – not just after they get dirty.
Disinfectants in the Bathroom
The bathroom should be disinfected using the same principles you applied to cleaning the kitchen.
- Be sure to disinfect areas where a lot of bacteria are likely to build up – like the toilet bowl and under the sink taps.
- Clean and disinfect the surfaces that are the most frequently touched – the door handles, the washbasin, and the toilet roll holder.
- Don’t forget about the areas that remain damp or wet for extended periods of time – use disinfectants on the bath, shower, and sink.
Being Safe When Using Disinfectants
Disinfectants and anti-bacterial agents are vital to maintaining a hygienic household, but they must not be over-used. Over-use of disinfectant might harm your immune system, and might also encourage bacterial resistance to disinfectants.
As with all domestic cleaning products, read the label carefully before using any disinfectant product, work in a well-ventilated area, wear suitable protection on your hands and face, and finally, remember to clean your hands afterwards.