There are countless object we touch on a daily basis that are susceptible to contamination by germs and bacteria. It is advised that after you use objects including door handles, phones, computer keyboards, and more - wipe them with a cloth with disinfectant. This simple habit will kill 99.9% of all the bacteria on objects. But the question is, which disinfectant should you use? Today we are going to discuss the best disinfectants available for disinfecting surfaces to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Bleach + Water
Bleach has the capability to kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria. To efficiently use bleach as a disinfectant, you need to mix it with water. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water. Once putting own protective gear including gloves and goggles, you are ready to start mixing and treating surfaces. By nature, bleach is corrosive. Be careful when applying around your home. Bleach a common product that can be found readily at your local grocery store or department store. It can also be used in backpack sprayers when mixed with bleach for an even, consistent coating.
Hycolin Hospital Disinfectant
Hycolin disinfectant is mainly used in hospitals. It is a powerful disinfectant that not only cleans surfaces but can drastically reduce the spread of germs and bacteria. Hycolin in particular is the disinfectant of choice used by professional cleaning services at the Dublin Airport. For a low concentration of Hycolin, you can use 1 part Hycolin with 20 parts of water
Ecolab’s Peroxide Multi Surface Cleaner and Disinfectant
This disinfectant is able to kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria. It is recommended for hard surfaces and leaves a pleasant scent. You will also require fewer cleaning products as it is a 3 in 1 disinfectant. It it is capable of:
Killing Coronavirus in 45 second
Broad disinfecting in under 5 minute
Effective against pathogens
Hydrogen Peroxide + Water
Hydrogen peroxide, as we know, is one of the most swiftly reacting compounds out there. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends one teaspoon hydrogen peroxide in one gallon of room-temperature water. There are some hydrogen peroxide sprays available that claim to kill bacteria and viruses in 30 seconds. It is perfect disinfecting household handles and kitchen and bathroom faucets in a matter of seconds.
Isopropyl Alcohol and Vinegar
If you are looking for a less corrossive, Green, Eco-Friendly disinfectant alternative, you can use White vinegar, or acetic acid, and isopropyl alcohol. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends combining one half cup white vinegar, one pint rubbing alcohol, one teaspoon liquid dishwashing liquid - mix together and then add enough water to make a one gallon solution. It can takes only 30 seconds to kill the bacteria and viruses. It may discolor some plastics but it’s mostly safe to use.
Clorox Pet Solutions Advanced Formula Disinfecting Stain and Odour Remover
This disinfectant is marked safe for pets. It has a spray mechanism that is quite easy to operate. It’s a ready-to-spray solution to use on carpets, furniture, handles, etc. It is safe for both you and your pet.
Soap and Water
These two are the most widely used and easily available, which makes them very convenient for households worldwide. However, you need to rub your hands for a longer period of time in order to effectively kill the bacteria and virus. It is advised to scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds with clean, warm water and soap. 20 seconds of scrubbing is about the length of time it takes to hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
Almost as readily available as soap and water, alcohol based sanitizers are widely recommended. These can be as effective as soap and water if used correctly. Which means that you need to rub your hands properly. Many hand sanitizers are available at your local grocery store, gas station, or department store.
EnvirOx Critical Care
This is an odorless sanitizer and won’t leave your hands sticky like other sanitizers. It claims to disinfect your hands in 30 seconds of use. It is included in the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) list of disinfectants that can be used to fight COVID-19.
Diversey’s Oxivir TB
It can be used as a sanitizer for soft surfaces although it is a disinfectant cleaner. It is ready to use and claims to disinfect in under 1 minute.
We have listed several of the best disinfectants you can use during to help stop the spread of germs and harmful bacteria. Just make sure that no matter which disinfectant you have, use it in the proper way as described on the back of the bottle to eliminate deadly viruses effectively.