How to clean, sanitize and disinfect (the right way).
Cleaning your Eco Home, the right way using earth friendly products. Clean with MrsChettyLife.
It is important to educate yourself on the differences between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting so that you know what methods to use to protect yourself and your family. Cleaning your Eco Home, the right way using earth friendly products.
Cleaning means removing dirt, impurities, oils, organic material and germs from surfaces and washing them down the drain. It works by using soap and water. It requires manual effort like scrubbing.
Sanitizing means using chemicals to kill germs. It should be stated on the label of the Sanitizing products what germs it kills and on what surfaces.
Routine sanitize areas on a regular basis on surfaces where food is served, stored and prepared. Sanitize children’s toys, thermometers, tables, pacifiers, teethers, etc. Rinse after sanitizing and Allow to air dry.
Disinfecting means to kill all germs on contact using chemicals with at least 70% alcohol. Always clean before disinfecting. Disinfecting kills more germs on contact than sanitizing.
Always follow the instructions given on the disinfectant. It usually requires being left for a couple of minutes after applying. And use the correct dosage for efficiency.
As disinfectants kill both good and bad germs it is advised to disinfect when necessary such as an outbreak of infectious disease. Incidents involving blood, vomit, poop (body fluids). Protect your hands when disinfecting. Allow for natural ventilation when using them.
High Touch Surfaces for disinfecting:
These are common areas that people use and touch a lot.
- Diaper changing stations
- Fridge door handles
- Oven knobs
- Toilet flush handles
- Stove switches
- Hairbrush, make up brush
- Computer screen, mouse, keyboard
- TV remote
- TV switches
- Car door Handles
- Door handles, steering wheel and Gearshift of your car if shared
- Potty chairs
- Cabinet handles
- Various switches
- Elevator buttons
- House and car keys
- Game controllers
- Staircase railings
- Kitchen tops
- Cellphone and landline
- Bathtubs & Sinks and sink faucets
- Light switches
What to look for in Eco cleaning products: Eco Cert Companies
- Caution should be on the label rather than Danger or Warning to signify hazardous chemicals
- Ingredients should be listed
- Look for eco cert seals or logos
- What not to use for cleaning
It is a good idea for follow third party certifiers for eco cleaning products. They evaluate products on their environmental impact.
Global Green Tag: www.globalgreentag.co.za
Green Seal: www.greenseal.org
Eco Cleaning Kit
This is an exclusive list. You may custom make it according to your household needs. You may make your own and remember to buy Eco products. Scrubbing brushes may be made from eco products such as coconut fiber etc.
- Metal Caddy with compartments
- Baking Soda
- Castile Soap
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- White Vinegar
- Essential Oils
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Garbage bags
- Eco Scrubs, scourers and small and big brushes
- All Purpose cleaner
- Glass cleaner
- Soft scrub
- Microfiber cloths
- Metal / stainless steel bucket
- Microfiber mop
- Wooden broom
- Metal / stainless dustpan and brush
- Toilet cleaner and wooden brush
- Shining and dusting spray / microfiber duster
- Lint roller for pet hairs
- Home-made cleaning wipes / Unpaper towels
- Tile or wooden floor cleaner
- Disinfecting spray
- Oven cleaner
- Carpet cleaner
- Air fresheners
- Stain remover
- Gloves for protecting your hands
- Dish washing liquid / dish washing bar
- Dish cloths
- Appliance cleaner: stainless steel polish for microwave doors, fridges, microwaves, toasters, kettles, etc.
- Drain cleaner
- Rust remover / mold remover / Rust remover according to the need in your home
- Vacuum Cleaner
-Please note that cleaning does not kill germs, fungi nor bacteria. It simply removes them while disinfecting does not clean.
-Use hot water when cleaning, be careful not to scald yourself.
-Clean from top to bottom. Clean bathrooms last.
-Don’t forget to clean your cleaning equipment after use. (mops, buckets, cloths, sponges). Disinfect them often. Hang to air dry.
-Ensure good ventilation when cleaning.
– I usually play uplifting dance music when cleaning. It gets the job done faster.
How to General clean:
Get your caddy ready
Fill your bucket with water, eco cleaning products and mop.
Pick up all essentials off the floors and in places they should not be. Put in the right places.
Dust, remove bits off counters then sweep floors.
Work from top to bottom.
Spray and wipe.
Disinfect if necessary.
Mop and clean equipment.
- Fill a bucket of water
- Add eco cleaning product
- Submerge microfiber mop in solution
Steps to Surface Cleaning:
Spray or apply eco cleaning product.
Wipe with microfiber cloth in circular motions.
Rinse area with clean microfiber cloth.
Allow to air dry.
Vacuum carpets every day. They pick and more dirt and indoor dust and impurities from carpets. Children spend a lot of time on the floor and pick up a lot of dirt. Vacuuming carpets helps reduce allergies as well.
DIY Carpet Cleaner
2 cup Baking soda
1 tbsp Castile Soap
3 tbsp Hydrogen Peroxide
5 drops Essential oils (Lemon)
Make into a paste. Spread all over carpet. Leave for 30 minutes. Vacuum.
Toilets: Read this article:
When my tub is too dirty, I fill it with hot water and 2 cups of vinegar. Closing the windows so it can steam up. After 30 minutes to an hour I clean the tub. Reusing the water for mopping, cleaning the sink, in the toilet and cleaning the shower.
I also wipe down the tiles, mirrors, bathroom and sink faucets in the bathroom using a microfiber cloth. The steam settled on these areas already. I usually spray an eco-cleaning product on the microfiber cloth before wiping.
Tips for cleaning when unmotivated:
Play uplifting music.
Watch another person clean on YouTube.
Ask for help. Get your kids involved. Remember your children will one day have their own home to take care of, so, teach them when they are young.
Dance while cleaning.
Think why you are cleaning.
Microfiber Cloths: Read / Download Fact Sheet here: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://wspehsu.ucsf.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/FactSheet_Microfiber.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwiDgMKVzM_oAhVqzoUKHZm9ArQQFjABegQICxAG&usg=AOvVaw0PnAmVO3G2gMlTczGeYmrw
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Cheers, Happy EcoCleaning, MrsChettyLife