Disinfect the kitchen with just ONE ingredient

Disinfect the kitchen with just ONE ingredient | HAPPY SiNKS

We are in the thick of cold and flu season, and if you or someone in your household is sick, you should think about doing disinfection the kitchen weekly. 

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What is the difference between cleaning and disinfecting? 

Yes, they are different. Cleaning removes dirt, stains, and debris. A good cleaning session will make your kitchen sparkle, but it won't kill the majority of bacteria, viruses, or germs. On the opposite, disinfecting does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but it works as killing germs on a surface after cleaning. Disinfecting can further lower the risk of spreading infection. 

What is the ONE ingredient? 

HYDROGEN PEROXIDE - Its chemical compound is H2O2 - water and oxygen. It is a colorless, and odorless liquid with non-toxic whitening (bleaching). This liquid is excellent at killing germs. It is typically sold at a 3-6% dilution. 

- How can it be used? Because of its non-toxic-ness, it can be used to disinfect clean wounds, lighten hair, and in the household cleaning process. 

- Where can it be used to clean? Are there any precautions? Hydrogen Peroxide should be used carefully when it comes in contact with a colored dishcloth, clothing, carpets, etc. It will bleach the color. It had an acidity of 11.75 so DO NOT use it on stone (granite, marble, etc) as it will etch the surface over time. 

- Where can I find it? Any pharmacy store or grocery shop. 

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How do I properly disinfect my kitchen?

- First, if surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent before disinfection. Check out our HAPPY SiNKS x Skosh cleaning detergent with no harsh chemicals for this. 

- Second, simply put the Hydrogen Peroxide in a bottle, spray on a surface that needs disinfection, let it sit, and rinse it with water or wipe it with a damp cloth. Remember, if you are using a cloth with Hydrogen Peroxide, make sure it does not have many colors so you aren't bleaching out any colored cloths. Our Swedish Dishcloth in Eeven Lilac works great! 

- Finally, remember to wash your hand after all! These are just a few of the countless ways you can use hydrogen peroxide in your cleaning. For more tips on deep clean dishcloths after doing disinfection, check this blog here.

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