Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. 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. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill 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 level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.
Take control of your health in the workplace by using hand sanitizer or washing your hands after contacting the top 6 breeding grounds for germs, virus, flu and bacteria. It is also a good idea to occasionally use sanitizer wipes to clean these items.
1. The Desk
2. The Fridge
3. The Keyboard and Mouse
4. The Phone
5. Door Handles
6. The Copier
To keep the toilet tank and bowl clean and rust free, pour 1 cup of vinegar into the tank. Let sit for 15 minutes and flush, allowing the vinegar-infused water to also sit for 15 minutes in the bowl. Flush once more for a cleaner tank.
Note: If the filter has a cardboard frame it shouldn't be washed and should only be replaced. Furnace filters not only screen out unwanted pollens and debris from your heating furnace and air conditioning systems, but they also increase the system’s productivity. By replacing disposables and cleaning reusable ones often, air stays clean and healthy from allergens and other forms of bacteria that can be harmful to your lungs. To keep your furnace working as efficiently as possible, follow these simple steps. Turn off the power to the furnace. You will need a screwdriver and a hose for washing outside or a utility sink to wash indoors. Locate the filter, it may be behind a door and you may need to unscrew a panel to get to it. Remove the old dirty filter by simply sliding it out of the housing. Wash the filter with a hose or in the utility sink until the water going through the filter comes out clear. Once the filter has dried completely, slide it back into the furnace. Reclose the filter door if there was one, turn the furnace back on, and breathe easy. Filters are rated from 1 to 20 on the industry standard Merv scale. The higher the number the higher the quality.
By using an ordinary coffee filter, you can make your windows, wine glasses, mirrors, or any other glass surfaces sparkle better than you can when using a cloth or paper towel. Cloth and paper towels leave lint streaks on the glass. Coffee filters will absorb leftover moisture. This means that nothing will be left over except the beautiful shine that you always wanted. Cheers!
Facts about the flu. The flu virus can survive up to 72 hours on surfaces like doorknobs and desks. I use bleach products because they kill 99.9% of the flu viruses. Bleach mixtures an wipes are both convenient forms to sanitize with. Adults can spread the flu up to a day before developing symptoms and 3 to 7 days after symptoms start. Children can pass the virus even longer.
It may be time to clean your ice maker if your ice is cloudy, clumps, or smells and tastes funny. Remove the ice bin and dump the ice out. Prior to sanitizing the maker and the bin, you need to clean them first. Most units have a movable bar that can be raised that will stop ice from being made, if your maker does not have this just unplug the fridge for the short time it takes to clean it. Make a soapy water mixture in the sink to wash the ice bin and to wipe down the exterior of the ice maker inside the freezer. If there is heavy grime or scaly deposits inside the ice mold, make a mixture of vinegar, (half vinegar, half water) to wipe down the ice bucket and the ice maker. You may need to use a toothbrush to reach inside the ice mold to remove the scaly water deposits. If you haven't cleaned the ice maker in a while (or ever), you may want to disinfect it with some diluted bleach; 1 tablespoon bleach to one gallon of water. It’s important to re-wipe the bleached areas with a wet cloth so that your fresh ice does not smell and taste of bleach. Make sure everything inside of the freezer that you washed, and the bucket, are completely dry. Moisture could freeze and crack the bin or moving parts. Plug your fridge back in and enjoy the fresh tasting, clear ice that it will now make.
Ceiling fans build up dust over time, which causes a mess in your home and office. First, turn off your fan and slide a clean pillowcase over one entire fan blade (from the tip to the inside of the blade.) As you pull the pillowcase off the blade, the inside of the pillow case will catch any debris as it falls. Do this for each blade. Next I wipe each blade using a dryer sheet to help keep dust from settling back on the blades so fast.
Fill a microwave-safe mug or bowl with water and microwave for 2-3 minutes, so it gets nice and steamy in the oven. This will soften the residue, making the wipe-down easier. Don't forget to look at the ceiling inside the oven; it is often overlooked and can be just as dirty as the walls. Using a soft clean cloth, wipe all surfaces until clean.
Start with an empty dishwasher. Place a dishwasher-safe container full of white vinegar on the top rack. Run a cycle with hot water through the machine. This will eliminate odors and clean your machine.
The most bacteria-covered spots in your home and office are the ones you use most often; door handles and light switches. Both of these allow easy transmission of cold, flu, virus, E-coli, salmonella, and staph. The average person's hands carry 3,000 different germs and stay on surfaces for weeks. Use Clorox Disinfecting Wipes to eliminate un-wanted germs, bacteria, viruses, staph, E-Coli, salmonella and strep. I use these weekly during flu season.
To quickly clean a smelly disposal, drop lemon or orange peels down the drain. Run the disposal for 15 seconds with water flowing at half pressure and turn off. Add 1 cup of ice cubes in the disposal and turn on again briefly; this will sharpen your blades. Next, put the stopper in and fill you sink 1/4 full. Pull out the stopper; this will release a fresh scent and flush out the disposal.
Coca-Cola® isn’t just a great beverage, its mild acidity makes it useful for commode cleaning purposes. If you have lime scale and you’re tired of paying high prices for cleaning products, try this trick. COKE® costs less than 50 cents per liter and is nontoxic. One can of COKE® contains 12 ounces and works great as a cleaner due to the carbonic and phosphoric acid it contains. Simply pour over the lime scale, let set for 10 minutes, and you’ll easily scrub it all away!
Bagless vacuums are great, but most people only empty the canister and often forget to clean the filters. Plugged filters lead to an overworked motor and sooner than later the motor burns out. Take the vacuum out to the shop or garage, pull out and empty the receptacle, and then remove the filter. To clean the filter, use your shop vacuum’s nozzle to remove all the dust and debris, being careful not to tear the filter. You should see a significant difference in pick up power.
Keeping shower doors clean and streak free is a challenge-- unless you know the pros’ secrets. Clean any mold, mildew or streaks from the glass with a cleaner. For textured glass use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Carefully scrape tough buildup with a razor blade. Dry the doors with a lint-free cloth; applying Rain-x will help to keep everything spotless.
I like to use Pour-N-Restore, the oil stain remover that starts out as a liquid and dries into a powder! It's easy to apply; simply pour on the stain, and once it's dry just sweep it up. It works great.
I pay extra attention to bathrooms and always remember to look up to check out fans, vents, etc. Looking up, you will more than likely see dust. Make the cleaning easy using a blast of canned air. You will find that some brands have "straw" attachments to reach small crevices. This also works great on return air vents too!
Instead of throwing them away, sanitizing sponges in the microwave kills 99.9% of the germs. Sponges harbor millions of germs; placing them in the microwave for 3 minutes will cause the microbes to sizzle away.
Wipe down the refrigerator with white vinegar to prevent mildew. Once clean, put vanilla extract on a cotton ball and set inside a small container like a shot glass. Place it inside the refrigerator, to the back of the top shelf, to help eliminate odors.
We all rely on our cell phones and need them to work efficiently every day. The first thing to keep in mind about cleaning a cell phone is removing the potentially deadly microbes and bacteria that covers your phone every day. Each time you touch your phone you transfer bacteria to and from your hands, face and every surface your phone came in contact with. To sanitize your phone, you will need the following supplies; distilled water, 70% isopropyl alcohol, a spray bottle, a clean lint-free microfiber cloth, cotton swabs, and wooden toothpicks. Follow these 7 steps for a germ-free cell phone: 1-unplug the phone and any attachments. 2-remove any protective cover, clean those items separately. 3-In a small spray bottle, mix a one-to-one ratio of distilled water and 70% isopropyl alcohol. It is important to only use distilled water. 4-lightly spray a lint-free microfiber cloth with the mixture. 5-Wipe down the front and back surfaces. 6-using a cotton swab or wooden toothpick, clean all the grimy buildup found around the attachment ports, camera lens, and buttons. Wipe the area down again to sanitize. 7- Allow the phone to dry completely before reinserting any attachments or the cover.
Use a grout brush or an old toothbrush to apply to the grout lines with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Use the brush to gently scrub wipe clean rinse with warm water. Seal your grout with a sealer, you will be amazed at how long it will stay clean.
Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and scrub away the dirt and grime from kitchen appliances, counters, sinks, and drains. Rinse well then dry.
Use a toothbrush and toothpaste to clean the gasket seal. You will be surprised how well this works on grime and mold.
The least messy way to remove gum is to freeze and harden it, then chip it away. Place some ice in a zip lock bag; set it on top of the gum until the gum becomes hardened allowing you to crack or scrape the gum right off. If necessary use water and dish detergent to take care of any remaining stickiness.
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