Throughout our lives, we have met some people who are always panicking about visible and invisible dirt, constantly disinfecting all items in the home and washing their hands frequently. This pronounced fear of germs and infection is formally called misophobia. Experience shows that misophobes have adapted most easily to pandemics and new living conditions. The need for people to keep the environment tidy and clean, but without exaggeration, is somewhat understandable. Now, for many people, home has become a job, a classroom and an office.
Use of disinfectants
Disinfectants destroy various microbes (pathogens), which include bacteria, viruses and fungi. Bacteria are unicellular and invisible to the naked eye. Most strains are not dangerous to human health – these strains are just genetic material that needs to reach the human body due to reproduction. Fungi feed on organic matter and most are not dangerous to humans but are the trigger of irritating ailments (e.g. sports foot infection). The good news is that SARS CoV 2 (the causative agent of COVID 19) is sensitive to the effects of common disinfectants (used to remove common bacteria such as E. Coli or Salmonella and viruses that cause colds and flu). Researchers say that the best way to good health is the so-called “targeted hygiene”. Because the problem with disinfectants is that they act selectively in relation to beneficial and harmful microbes. The more bacteria are treated with disinfectants, then the bacteria become more resistant to the substance they are cleaned with and to antibiotics.
- Do a so-called sandwich test – to assess the cleanliness of a surface, ask a simple question. Would you take a sandwich in your hands after touching a surface. (recommended by Melissa Maker, head of the online channel CleanMySpace and founder of the cleaning service in Toronto).
- Floors, walls and furniture can be cleaned every one or two weeks.
- The kitchen and bathroom (especially the laundry basket) are the places where there is the greatest risk of contact with dangerous pathogens. These are places that should be cleaned daily. Special attention should be paid to cleaning surfaces that are frequently touched.
- Up to 713 different microbes can be kept on the door handles – says the Study of American experts from 2015.
- German experts have assessed the health safety of the dishwashing sponge. They found that about 54 billion bacteria live in one cubic centimeter of sponge (only in visible areas). Door handles, kitchen tables, light switches, pot handles, fountains, sinks, sinks, toilet seats, toys and various household electrical appliances are items that are most commonly touched in every home on a daily basis. Wipe these surfaces with a disinfectant or agent with the same effect.
- Cleaning with soap and water means removing dirt and some germs. Cleaning with disinfectants (chemical materials or steam) removes viruses and bacteria.
- Disinfectants should not be immediately wiped off surfaces in the home (as most people do). These agents should be allowed to act for some time to take effect. These preparations should remain moist on the surface for the period recommended in the instructions for use (for maximum effect).
- For the selection of products for thorough cleaning, it is recommended to choose products that also perform disinfection. This means that they destroy almost all viruses and bacteria. Because sanitary products can thoroughly clean surfaces, but they only reduce the level of microbes.