We are all more concerned than ever before with keeping our home and office environment healthy and free of viral pathogens.  Disinfecting a surface must truly be done properly to ensure the contagions are being killed.  Here is how to go about doing it properly and safely.

Step 1: Clean it first! 

It doesn’t matter what all-purpose cleaner you use, but this should be done BEFORE disinfecting any surface.  The surface needs to first be free of any gunk, dirt particles, dust or grime so that the disinfectant can be effective.  GREEN IS KING so pick your favorite non-toxic all-purpose cleaner for this step.  One of my personal favorites is Dr. Bronner’s Castille soap because it so versatile and safe, not to mention all the fascinating reading material on all their bottles!  He tells of his parents being Holocaust survivors…soil health is wealth…spaceship earth…sow political seeds of hope…and my favorite…cleanliness is next to Godliness.  Enjoyable reading!  I also love Melaleuca, DoTerra Onguard & Norwex!

Step 2. Spray & Stay!

Don’t make the mistake that so many people make as this step is the most crucial step!  Even the buggy wipers at your local grocer are doing this incorrectly (so take your own wipes).    Once it’s clean THEN you SPRAY your disinfectant and allow it to STAY on the surface for a specified amount of “Dwell Time” or “Wet Time”.  DO NOT WIPE immediately.  It is important to actually read & follow the instructions  for the amount of time necessary to kill a particular virus or bacteria. A minimum of at least 90 seconds of dwell/wet time is what most disinfectants will need to kill viruses or bacteria.   By the way, bacteria are even harder to kill than viruses (up to 10 minutes), so read carefully.  Follow the CDC guidelines to be sure.

Step 3. Don’t Reuse

Use different parts of your disinfecting wipe/cloth for only one surface area at a time. Do not attempt to clean/disinfect multiple surfaces with the same towel or same side of towel. If you have a large towel or cleaning cloth simply unfold one section at a time to prevent reusing the same section.  Microfiber cloths from Norwex are ultra effective (removes 99% of bacteria with just water) and a personal favorite, but you can use any material if done correctly.  The bottom line is to not spread around germs. Check out this video on the envirocloth.

It’s the same process if using disposable sanitizing wipes... you don’t "unfold" to a newer section, you toss it after using it on one section.

Make your own SUPER EASY hand-sanitizing wipes…

What you need:

-1 pack of cheap baby wipes that have the middle flap to open

-funnel

-1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol (at least 70% isopropyl alcohol)

Open the packet of baby wipes.  Using your funnel, simply poor the cup of isopropyl rubbing alcohol into the packet.  Close flap.  They are ready for disinfecting!

Make your own SUPER EASY hand-sanitizing wipes…

What you need:

-1 pack of cheap baby wipes that have the middle flap to open

-funnel

-1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol (at least 70% isopropyl alcohol)

Open the packet of baby wipes.  Using your funnel, simply poor the cup of isopropyl rubbing alcohol into the packet.  Close flap.  They are ready for disinfecting!

Here is our SUPER EASY picture tutorial surface disinfecting wipe recipe:

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