Get the skinny on germs and the difference between cleaning and disinfecting your home

Filed Under: Illness & Prevention

Creeping and crawling through every crevice of your home, lying in wait to attack at any moment. No, it's not the opening scene to a horror movie – it's the reality of germs.

What is a germ?
Not all germs are bad. Germs are microbes that come in four main types: bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa. Germs live both inside and outside the human body. While some thrive in places like your gut and help with healthy digestion, others exist on your skin or other surfaces and are passed around constantly. There are many good germs that help our bodies stay in balance and actually work to build our immune systems. However, the bad germs tend to be very bad and are the cause for illnesses like the flu.

This is why it's important to know how to get rid of bad germs in order to help keep your family protected. Often, people mistake cleaning their homes with disinfecting their homes. However, there's a very big difference between the two.

Cleaning vs. Disinfecting

Cleaning: This removes dirt and grime from the surface of objects. Cleaning entails using warm water and soap to remove the top layer of germs that may be living on surfaces. While cleaning makes your home look nice, it doesn't necessarily get the job done. Cleaning lowers your risk of spreading infection, but it still leaves some germs  behind.

Disinfecting: This kills germs on the surface of objects. By using products like Lysol® Disinfecting Wipes and Disinfectant Sprays, you kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses living on surfaces and dramatically lower the risk for spreading infection.
But the real battle isn't cleaning vs. disinfecting – it's cleaning AND disinfecting. The best way to reduce your risk of spreading germs is to first clean your surfaces, removing any stuck-on dirt and grime, and then disinfect. Now that you can answer 'what is a germ?' you're on your way to fighting them off with the help of Lysol®.

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