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What You Don't Know about Killing Germs


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  • Wow. I dig the article, posted it to pinterest. As a person once gainfully employed by a State Health Department, I can assure that you can clean without sanitizing; therefore they cannot mean the same thing.

    Soap is used to help water do the cleaning, in most cases. Warm water only and a good microfiber towel is not only antibacterial but antimicrobal. The concept of cleaning with the microfiber and sanitizing with alcohol (I use 72% that I mix myself), is fantastic. But the Detergent and similar manufacturers don't want us to know that water is such a great universal solvent.

    It would also be nice if many of the so-called experts out there would realize that "clean" does not have a smell. Cleaning ingredients may have natural smells, or man-made chemical smells. There are many who are becoming or already are sensitive or even toxically-allergic to man-made chemical "scents". Now even laundry soaps have scent that clings for up to 2 weeks. That is not the smell of clean clothes.

    I found the article absolutely hitting the target audience. Thank you very much.
    - 10/11/2016 9:50:01 PM
  • Your definition of sanitizing is incorrect. Sanitizing is the same as cleaning, with detergent or other cleaning solution, removes visible dirt and debris.
    Disinfecting, by means of chemicals or boiling, kills MOST microbes within 10 minutes. Sterilization, by means of auto-clave, kills 99.999% of microbes. - 4/11/2015 12:41:22 AM
  • As a former food service grunt, I say brava to the lesson on the differences between cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing~ - 11/12/2014 6:19:46 AM
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    Thank you I'll write more later the library is kicking me out. - 9/19/2014 9:48:09 PM
    Thanks so much for this article. I am very conscious of not using disinfectants that are too strong, so learning what to clean helps me a lot. - 5/1/2014 8:13:52 AM
  • I agree with Lola. This was an excellent article, and very useful. - 2/16/2014 1:09:50 PM
    Stepfanie, thumbs up and a big pat on the back for a truly well-researched, highly useful (especially right now, at the height of flu season) article! Have been using baking soda and vinegar in the kitchen for a long time because I really don't want chemicals around - or especially in - our food, and so far, so good (knocking on wood)! - 1/26/2014 1:07:41 PM

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