Many believe that in times of Coronavirus especially extremely strong cleaning agents are good for cleaning. We clarify.
How to clean properly now
Has your cleaning behavior changed too? Not only work surfaces are cleaned but also door handles. And suddenly alcohol-based disinfectant wipes are high on the shopping list. It’s a pity that they are constantly sold out, similar to rubber gloves. An epidemiologist knows: “All you need to kill the new coronavirus is some good, old-fashioned soap and water,” says Professor of Health Sciences Jagdish Khubchandani.
With this, you clean away viruses
The soap-water combination is so effective because the coronavirus is surrounded by a fat membrane, which is dissolved by the soap. It just falls apart. Hand soaps, dishwashers, and detergents are therefore ideal for cleaning. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a disinfectant – on the contrary, some of them can possibly only kill bacteria and germs, but not viruses. Pay attention when buying your cleaning agents – antibacterial does not mean antiviral.
What can other cleaning agents do?
Active substances such as hydrogen peroxide, isopropyl alcohol, ethanol, or sodium hypochlorite (bleach) are also good for cleaning in times of corona. However, their disadvantage is that they are all quite aggressive and are therefore not suitable for many surfaces. Unfortunately, vinegar cleaners have no proven power against the COVID-19 virus.
Note: The top priority of the hour is still hand washing. Also with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds. The more you take care to keep your hands clean, the less you have to worry about household items being contaminated with coronaviruses.