Here at Nimble we want to make parents lives easier by taking the guess work out of choosing safe and effective cleaning products for your family.
So when we got chatting to some of our friends at the NHS about how we can work together to help parents during these uncertain times, creating a cleaning guide to prevent further spread of germs in our homes seemed like a no-brainer!
We’ve included part of the guide below, let us know what you think!
Did you know that there is a difference between a cleaning and hygienic cleaning?
Cleaning means removing visible dirt by vacuum cleaning, damp dusting, or washing with warm water and detergent.
Hygienic cleaning on the other hand takes it up a level as it involves removing dirt AND getting rid of as many germs as possible, either by removing them or killing them by disinfecting then drying.
It is important to note that for surfaces where the risk of spread of germs is low cleaning is usually sufficient… phew!
Why is creating a hygienic home so important?
Creating a hygienic home helps prevent the spread of infection amongst those you live with and care for. To understand how this works in more detail, let’s talk about the chain of infection.
The chain of infection involves several links that all need to be in place for an infection to spread. So just like maintaining good personal hygiene, hygienically cleaning your home breaks the chain by reducing the spread of germs, going a long way in assuring the safety of your family.
So what surfaces should you be using hygienic cleaning on?
Frequently touched surfaces where there is both the possibility of contamination and spreading should be regularly cleaned and disinfected.
- Toilet handles, toilet seat and lid
- Door handles
- Kitchen benches
- Light switches
- Kitchen cupboard handles, oven and fridge
- Keyboards, mouse and phones
- Everyday items used by babies and children
What should you look out for when buying household cleaning products?
As already mentioned, the best way to hygienically clean your home is to remove as many of the germs as possible then use a disinfectant to kill any that remain.
Soap and detergent combined with hot water are perfect for the first step. For the second step, the key statements to look out for on cleaning product labels are ‘antibacterial’ and ‘disinfectant’, just like our Sticky Stopper.
For the full guide, created in partnership with NHS colleagues, keep an eye out on our social media channels!