While often mistakenly used interchangeably, there is a difference between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting. According to the CDC:
Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.
Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.
Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or objects. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.
For the average home, it's suggested to sanitize daily any high-traffic areas and frequently-touched surfaces such as: doorknobs, light switches, countertops, phones, computers, touch screens, remotes, toilets, sinks and more. It is recommended to still clean and disinfect surfaces routinely.
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