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How Do I Choose the Best Surface Sanitizer?

Sherry Holetzky
Sherry Holetzky

Many people are concerned with the spread of germs and illnesses. These concerns have led to the creation of numerous products designed to sanitize and disinfect surfaces, personal items, and even hands. As with most cleaning products, it is important to compare labels when choosing a surface sanitizer and to follow all of the instructions carefully.

There are various names for different types of products that can work as a surface sanitizer. Some may be called sanitizers, while others may be referred to as disinfectants. There are countless antibacterial cleaning solutions available as well.

Bleach can be used to sanitize surfaces, removing stubborn bacteria.
Bleach can be used to sanitize surfaces, removing stubborn bacteria.

When choosing a surface sanitizer, reading the label to see what situations and surfaces the product is recommended for may help you make a decision. The ingredients listed may also aid in your decision making. Some cleaning products are chemical laden while others are made of natural ingredients. For many people, the choice is clear when comparable items made from natural ingredients are available. Check for products that ensure child and pet safety. Some even state that they are safe to use in areas in which food is stored or prepared.

Some solutions require a surface sanitizer to be sprayed directly on the surface from just a few inches away. The surface must be heavily coated with product until it is completely wet, and the spray must then be allowed to sit for a certain length of time in order for it to be effective. Some products require a full minute to sanitize and several minutes to completely disinfect a surface.

A surface sanitizer may require that you rinse the area after cleaning. Other types of surface sanitizer may simply be applied and allowed to dry or may be applied and wiped away. Convenience tends to be a deciding factor for many busy people. The product that gets the job done the quickest and easiest will be preferable for many.

There are a number of specialty products but some ordinary household cleaning solutions such as bleach diluted with water, can also be utilized on certain surfaces. While vinegar is often recommended as a safe, inexpensive, cleaning solution, it is not proven to be a sanitizer or disinfectant. Make sure the surface sanitizer you choose will actually sanitize the area in question.

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    • Bleach can be used to sanitize surfaces, removing stubborn bacteria.
      By: design56
      Bleach can be used to sanitize surfaces, removing stubborn bacteria.