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How to disinfect your house

From kitchens to bathrooms and every door handle and countertop in between, read our simple go-to guide for how to disinfect your house from top to bottom!

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If you’ve found yourself asking questions such as, “What is disinfectant spray?” or wondering how to sanitise your house, you’ve come to the right place! In this article, we’ll show you how to disinfect your home, starting with the two most high-risk areas (the kitchen and bathroom) before moving on to other general tips for how to use disinfectant to have a germ-free home from door handle to countertop.

How to disinfect the kitchen: A comprehensive guide

With the following steps, we’ll show you how to target the most high-risk areas of your kitchen for cleaning and disinfecting.

Always follow the instructions on household disinfectant labels, test your product on an inconspicuous spot first and ensure you use them safely with proper precautions.

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How to disinfect kitchen countertops

Your kitchen countertops should be cleaned daily. Always clean down any surfaces you have used for food preparation immediately, especially if you have been handling raw meat.

  1. Step 1:

    Spray the countertop with a disinfectant.

  2. Step 2:

    Use a clean, soft cloth to wipe the surface where you have sprayed.

  3. Step 3:

    Leave to air dry.

This method can also be used to clean your kitchen sink, however, with the sink we recommend using a towel to dry it after cleaning.

How to disinfect chopping boards

  1. Clean them regularly.

    Chopping boards should be cleaned after every use.

  2. For the best results, use a cleaning solution.

    We recommend a vinegar or chlorine-based cleaning solution.

  3. Use a paper towel to remove excess moisture.

    And allow to air-dry.

We have more information about disinfecting chopping boards, here.

How to clean a bin

  1. Daily.

    Spray a disinfectant over your bin every day, using a soft cloth to wipe the lid and around the top of the bin.

  2. Biweekly.

    Every two weeks ensure you also spray and wipe the interior of the bin with disinfectant.

  3. Extra care.

    Baking soda or a bin deodoriser can also be sprinkled to get rid of the nasty smells which inevitably accumulate.

How to clean kitchen cupboard handles, doors and more

Below we have some simple steps for how to clean kitchen door handles, doors, shelves and more!

  1. Mix 1 teaspoon of mild washing-up liquid in 1 pint of warm water.

    Dip a clean, soft cloth into the soapy water and use this to wash down the surfaces of your cupboard from the door to the handle to the shelf.

  2. Next, spray each area with disinfectant spray.

    Use a soft cloth to wipe the surface.

  3. Leave to air-dry.

    Always ensure your shelves are fully dry before replacing food and other contents on them.

How to disinfect your fridge

  1. Clean it regularly.

    Use the above guide for cleaning cupboards to clean the door and handles of your refrigerator.

  2. Check what's in your fridge.

    Regularly clean out your fridge, removing old or out-of-date food.

  3. Use a specialist cleaner to clean the interior of the fridge.

    But be careful what products you use in an area you store your food.

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How to disinfect bathroom surfaces from toilet to sink

Ensure you have a clean space to clean yourself with after the following tips for disinfecting your bathroom:

  • Always wipe down the surfaces in your bathroom regularly. Pay particular attention to hot spots such as:

    • Toilet bowl

    • Under-sink taps

    • Around the showerhead

    • Toilet roll holder

  • Bacteria like to breed in damp environments so air your bathroom whenever possible, by cracking open a window.

  • For a convenient multi-purpose tool to clean and disinfect your bathroom invest in a product like Domestos.

    • Always wear gloves and protective gear when handling bleach.

    • Read the label and follow manufacturer guidelines to use these products safely.

    • For a more natural approach, using vinegar and baking soda to clean including removing soap scum and unblock drains.

  • Don’t forget to wash bathmats and shower curtains to prevent a build-up of scum, dirt and bacteria.

How to disinfect house and home: Tips and tricks for disinfecting other areas of your home

Read on to discover how to disinfect your house in all the other areas we haven’t already covered.

How to disinfect your living room

Here are our top tips for how to use disinfectant spray for a germ-free living room:

  • As one of the most used rooms in the house, it is important to spray and wipe down most touched areas including:

    • TV remote

    • Door handles

  • Here are a few easy steps for how to clean doorknobs and handles:

    • Use a soft cloth dipped in warm soapy water to wipe the surface of the door handle or knob.

    • Use a soft-bristled brush to remove stubborn dirt.

    • Use a clean, dry cloth to dry off the handle or knob.

    • Spray disinfectant on the handle or knob and use a cloth to wipe the surface.

    • Leave to air-dry.

How to disinfect your dining room

  • Whether you have a kitchen diner or a separate dining room, it is essential you wipe down your table and chairs regularly.

  • We recommend cleaning them before serving up meals, not just after!

  • Always use products suitable for the make-up of your table and chairs. For example:

    • Take special care not to scratch glass tabletops.

    • Don’t over saturate wooden tables as this could cause the wood to swell and change shape.

    • Use specialist leather wipes for leather dining chairs.

  • Don’t forget to clean up other surfaces too. Using our guide above for how to clean door handles; in addition to wiping down windowsills and any other furniture in the room.

How to disinfect your bedroom

  • You want a clean, safe place to sleep at night so take care to clean down your bedroom surfaces regularly.

  • Take care to clean drawer, wardrobe and cupboard handle using antibacterial wipes or spray.

  • Don’t forget other regularly touched areas such as curtain ties, blind chains and light switches.

How to kill germs in the house: Your questions answered

There are plenty of questions when it comes to how to get rid of germs in the house, so we’ve done our best to answer some of the top queries you may have.

What is disinfectant used for?

Did you know that a single cell of bacteria can multiply 8 million times in just one day? This makes it important to kill them. A disinfectant spray or wipes have antibacterial properties designed to kill close to 100 per cent of nasty bacteria. They are used to clean and disinfect areas around your home including hot spots such as countertops and toilets.

How often should I disinfect my home?

You should disinfect your kitchen worktops every time you prepare food, but other areas of your home (including high-risk areas) only need to be done once a week. If someone in your home is ill, it’s best to clean anything they touch as soon as possible, to prevent germs and bacteria passing to another member of the family.

What areas of my home need disinfecting?

The two rooms with the highest risk of bacteria are the kitchen and bathroom. Germs and bacteria can breed rapidly in these rooms including:

  • In the kitchen: E. coli bacterium from raw meats, listeria from soft cheeses, and salmonella from chicken and raw eggs.

  • In the bathroom: Viruses such as flu, rotavirus, and rhinovirus (which can cause muscle aches, vomiting, and cold symptoms) love steamy, warm environments.

Places you need to pay particular attention to are:

  • In the kitchen: Cupboard handles, refrigerator doors, chopping boards, and countertops where you prepare food.

  • In the bathroom: Taps, showerheads, toilet flush and door handles.

Is it better to use anti-bacterial wipes or spray?

When it comes to choosing your disinfectant, it will mostly be down to your own personal preference, as well as the areas you are cleaning. A spray can be used to clean most areas of your house as you can squirt it directly at the area you wish to clean and wipe it down with a cloth. A wipe will work particularly well if you have hard-to-reach areas such as behind the toilet.

Can you use bathroom disinfectant in the kitchen?

We do not recommend you use bathroom cleaners in the kitchen. These types of disinfectant are designed to remove scum and grime from your bathroom. You don’t want to have these chemicals near the area you prepare your food or the sink you clean dishes you eat from!

What is the best way to disinfect the whole house?

If you want to disinfect your home from top to bottom, we recommend making a homemade disinfectant!

With this simple guide, we have shown you how to disinfect door handles, countertops, and almost every surface found in your home. Now you can rest assured your house is clean and almost 100% germ-free!

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