Clean like a pro: The Difference between Disinfecting and Cleaning

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Cleaning or Disinfecting? 

In this COVID-19 contemporary world, we have definitely relearned what we were taught in preschool- how to wash hands! Slowly this pandemic has changed us into cleaning and sanitising obsessed people, and that’s a great thing. Who knew much of these nasty viruses and bacteria will be prevented from getting inside our bodies by doing something as basic as cleaning up after us? 

Since 2020, there has been a lot of nomenclature for cleaning: Disinfecting, sanitizing, and even sterilizing. Are these just synonyms or do they have different methods and meanings attached? What is the difference between cleaning our rooms and disinfecting them? Know all of these answers today at The Clean Slate, as we give you the whole rundown of what these terms mean and how to clean and disinfect according to your needs. 

What is Cleaning?

According to the CDC, Cleaning is the removal of foreign material (e.g., soil, and organic material) from objects and is normally accomplished using water with detergents or enzymatic products. This is usually done with cleaning products, water with a brush or towel. Cleaning is more visible on the surface and it clears the ground for Disinfectants and Sanitizers to kill and get rid of any harmful microbes and bacteria. Cleaning with a household cleaner that contains soap or detergent reduces the number of germs on surfaces and decreases the risk of infection from surfaces. 

What is Disinfecting?

According to the CDC, Disinfection describes a process that eliminates many or all pathogenic microorganisms, except bacterial spores, on inanimate objects. Disinfectants can also be used to destroy microorganisms on the skin and mucous membrane, as in the medical dictionary historically the word simply meant that it destroys microbes.  It is usually a chemical agent (but sometimes a physical agent) that destroys disease-causing pathogens or other harmful microorganisms but might not kill bacterial spores. 

The difference between them

Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but removing them, lowers their numbers and decreases the risk of spreading infection. Disinfecting, on the other hand, kills germs (bacteria, viruses, and mold) 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 killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection. They are both correlated. You cannot disinfect before cleaning however, you can clean without disinfecting.

How to Clean?

Cleaning your home

Cleaning is ideally done with water, soap, and other enzyme-based sprays. It is important to always use clean cloth. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Remove extra objects from the surface
  2. Use Koparo’s All-Purpose Cleaner and spray it directly onto the surface
  3. Use a microfiber towel to wipe away the germs and grimes. 

Keep the same approach when using Koparo’s Floor Cleaner. Just add it to your water and mop away all your germs!

Cleaning your body

Your body also comes in contact with a lot of surfaces that carry an endless amount of bacteria. It is important to regularly clean your hands and bathe daily so you are rid of all those germs. Koparo’s Hand Wash busts bacteria and it contains tea tree essential oil, nature’s own antiviral and antibacterial ingredient. Our Body Wash also does a wonderful job in removing all those germs from the surface of your body, leaving you to smell like fresh flowers!

How to Disinfect?

After cleaning those surfaces and spot-cleaning areas, it’s time to disinfect, if you feel you have been in contact with some serious virus on bacteria. This will kill all those nasty stuff, leaving you safe. However, it is important to keep disinfect your homes regularly. Surfaces like your Laptops, smartphones and Smart TVs are one of the places that accumulate the most dirt and grimes and they are often neglected the most. Koparo’s Gadget Disinfectant is what you need to get your hands on. The formulation contains 70% alcohol to give you a 99.9% germ kill. It works incredibly well to remove dust, smudges and germs. It offers 3-in-1 action of cleaning, deodorizing & disinfection.

High Contact areas in your home to disinfect 

  • Door Knobs
  • Light Switches
  • Soap Dispenser
  • Railings
  • Armrest of Chairs

Hope our recommendations gave you some great ideas on how to start your cleaning and disinfecting during this festive season amongst COVID-19. If you’re looking to purchase our products, now is the perfect time! Check out our Diwali ki Safai sale. Enjoy 50% off on a minimum purchase of 999. Shop now:

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