At the end of the day, you notice an unpleasant aroma wafting out of your kitchen. You spritz the air with your favorite room spray, which fills the area with a pleasant lemony scent. The space is now disinfected and odor-free, right? Wrong. With such a wide array of cleaning products currently on the market, it can be hard to know which options actually work – especially when flashy scents and colorful packaging often dazzle customers. While navigating the market can be confusing, it’s incredibly important to choose effective products that actually clean your home – not just those that smell nice. Fortunately, there’s hope for the product-weary. This week, we’re getting to the truth about cleaning products and ways you can truly kill germs in your home.
The Truth About Cleaning
Cleaning Myth #1: Cleaning Sprays Disinfect the Air.
Studies have shown that the average person spends up to 90 percent of their time indoors. That’s a lot of time spent inside – and a lot of opportunities for germs and other harmful elements to flourish. Your home can be especially vulnerable if it was built with dangerous outdated materials like lead. The same is true for homes built with airtight materials that seal in hazards like allergens and bacteria.
Many consumers opt for standard cleaning sprays to disinfect the air around them. Unfortunately, you can’t “clean” the air in a space with any common, off-the-shelf sprays, mists, or spritzes . . . period. Regardless of how many exotic Amazonian rain forest botanicals you add, you’re just temporarily covering a bad odor with a better one – which is fine if that’s all you want. Removing impurities from the air (i.e. cleaning the air) would require physically filtering micro-impurities out of the air and then putting the air back. And remember that if odor-producing bacteria are still in the room (in food residue, pet stains, soiled fabrics, etc.) the odors will keep returning.
The only way to produce cleaner air is to filter it properly and work with a germ-killing product that leaves no room for error. Our recommendation: Ditch the standard sanitizing sprays and opt for a proven product like the EPA-approved SafeSpace® Disinfectant & Deodorizing Germ Fogger. This product generates 6,000 cubic feet of hospital-grade contact disinfectant, effectively disinfecting hard-to-reach areas and reducing the number of odor-producing germs in your home.
Cleaning Myth #2: Disinfectant Sprays Kill Surface Germs.
Cleaning porous surfaces – bedding and stuffed animals at daycares, for example – can be a challenge. Most consumers tackle these surfaces with a spritz of cleaning spray or a quick wipe-down of sanitizing solution. That doesn’t work. In reality, you can’t completely disinfect porous surfaces with a disinfectant spray. Those sprays only kill the top layer of germs, leaving harmful germs lurking deep down inside the surface. The only real way to conquer odor-producing germs inside fabric is to wash the item in soap and hot water if possible, or wet it down with a disinfectant (if it won’t damage the fabric).
Cleaning Myth #3: My Scented Air Spray Destroys Odor-Producing Molecules.
Scented room sprays don’t treat the source of odors – they just mask them. While scented room sprays can be a great complement to your cleaning routine, you can’t trust them to remove dirt, grime, or germs. In reality, the only way to get rid of an unpleasant smell in a room is to identify the origin of the odor and treat it with a strong disinfectant. If you’re ready to kick germs to the curb in your home, try our SafeSpace® Disinfectant & Deodorizing Germ Fogger. And if you need to treat an odor in your car, consider using the SafeSpace® Auto Disinfecting & Deodorizing Mist. It packs a major punch against sources of vehicle odors.
As a consumer, it can be hard to get to the truth about cleaning products. Make sure to keep these three myths in mind when selecting products for your family.
The SafeSpace Company is a family-owned small business proudly selling American-made Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizers to keep you safe and healthy. To keep germs at bay year-round, stock up on germ-fighting essentials like the original SafeSpace® Disinfectant & Deodorizing Germ Fogger (since 2005). You might also be interested in our Germ Fighter Kit, which includes our Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer, Germ Fogger, and Auto Disinfecting & Deodorizing Mist. For more information about SafeSpace, contact us online or call us toll-free at 1-800-735-2506.
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