How to Disinfect Door Handles and Light Switches
Some of the most bacteria-covered spots in your home are the ones you use most often, such as door handles and light switches. These frequent-contact surfaces allow easy transmission of cold, flu virus, E. Coli, Salmonella, Norovirus and more in your household, particularly when the average person's hands carry at least 3,000 different germs*.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that adults catch an average of 2-3 colds each year, with children contracting even more. Illness-causing bacteria can sometimes survive on hard surfaces for weeks, so cleaning won't suffice. A twice-weekly schedule of disinfecting is important to keep harmful bacteria at bay, and more frequently during cold and flu season.
People commonly use disinfecting wipes because they seem convenient, but they often require that surfaces remain wet for up to 10 minutes in order to be effective, and keeping a surface wet with disinfecting wipes can be more difficult than you might think. Many of them contain alcohol, which can cause the liquid to dry quickly. This can make it difficult to keep the surface wet without re-wiping multiple times, resulting in a potential waste of both time and money.
A fast-acting spray-application disinfectant will allow you to disinfect the hard-to-reach areas that wipes can't, and ensures that the surface remains wet for the proper time so germs are, in fact, killed. Simple Green Clean Finish Disinfectant Cleaner eliminates cold, flu, E. Coli, Salmonella, Staph and other illness-causing bacteria in 2 minutes or less, remaining wet and active on hard, non-porous surfaces long enough to do its intended job.
- Remove any visible gunk or build-up.
- Spray the surface with Simple Green Clean Finish Disinfectant Cleaner until completely covered with the product, including the underside of the handle or fixture. Allow surface to remain visibly wet for 2 minutes (see label for complete list of kill times). No scrubbing necessary.
- Wipe dry with a clean cloth or allow to air dry.
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