• Germs can live on surfaces for hours and even days
  • Although surfaces may look clean, they can contain many infectious germs
  • You may need to sanitize to reduce germs on surfaces

Cleaning vs. Disinfection

Cleaning and disinfecting are not the same thing

  • CLEANING: Removes dirt and grease from surfaces
    • Cleaning with soap and water is usually enough for daily cleaning
  • DISINFECTING: Kills germs
    • Disinfectants are registered with Heath Canada and contain ingredients that destroy bacteria and other germs
    • It is important to routinely clean and disinfect surfaces to prevent the spread of germs and protect your family
    • In order for disinfecting to work, surfaces must be cleaned with soap and water first

Cleaning Tips for Kitchens

  • Foodborne illness germs are spread easily from some foods, especially raw meats, fish and poultry, to hands or kitchen work surfaces
  • Mix 1 tsp (5 mL) bleach with 6 cups water to sanitize cutting boards, taps, sinks, counter tops, and sponges. Make a fresh solution each time it is needed
  • Wash sponges in hot, soapy water after every use and change sponges, dishcloths, and aprons often

Cleaning Tips for Bathrooms

The greatest risk of infection comes from frequently touched surfaces such as the flush handle, toilet seat, faucets, and door handles

  • Clean and disinfect these frequently touched surfaces regularly
  • Use a bleach solution or a disposable cleaning cloth/ sanitizing wipe
  • Store personal items (i.e. toothbrushes) where germs are unlikely to splash onto them
  • Do not share towels

Cleaning Living Spaces and Bedrooms

  • Wash bedding often
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched objects and surfaces such as tv remote controls, light switches, telephones, play surfaces and plastic toys, especially if someone is sick
  • Wash your hands after playing with pets
  • Regularly clean and disinfect floors and feeding areas used by pets, and immediately clean and disinfect surfaces contaminated with animal excretions