Safety & Cleaning (COVID-19)

Soap inactivates the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 by dissolving the lipid (fatty) membrane that envelops the virus.

Because soap inactivates the coronavirus, it is a cleaner and a sanitizer.

Definitions to know:

  • To Clean: the act of removing germs, dirt and impurities from surfaces and objects. Works by using soap/detergent, water and friction for physical removal.

  • To Sanitize: the act of reducing germs on surfaces and object to safe levels of 99.99%.

  • To Disinfect: the act of destroying almost all infectious organisms.

  • Dwell time/kill time/contact time: the time a disinfectant or sanitizer needs to remain wet on a surface or object before it kills bacteria and viruses.

New CDC Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home April 5th 2021

Cleaning with a household cleaner that contains soap or detergent reduces the amount of germs on surfaces and decreases risk of infection from surfaces. In most situations, cleaning alone removes most virus particles on surfaces. Disinfection to reduce transmission of COVID-19 at home is likely not needed unless someone in your home is sick or if someone who is positive for COVID-19 has been in your home within the last 24 hours.

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