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Désinfecter ou assainir : quelles différences ?

Disinfect or sanitize: what are the differences?

Lately, we are all obsessed with viruses and bombarded with information on how to protect ourselves from them… Among the advice given, you certainly see 2 terms coming up very often: sanitation and disinfection.

But what exactly do they mean? And what is the difference between the 2? We unravel all of this to help you best protect your health and that of your loved ones…

Disinfection or sanitation… What are the differences?

We speak of “disinfection” when we remove 99.999% of the microorganisms found there from a surface. Among these microorganisms, we can cite viruses, but also microbes, germs, bacteria or fungi.

The objective of disinfection is therefore to kill these pathogens to avoid the diseases they could cause in humans.

Sanitation, for its part, consists of cleaning a surface to reduce the number of microorganisms to a safe sanitary level. They are then not completely eliminated. However, the germs disappear enough that they no longer pose a problem for human health.

Sanitation is an excellent cleaning method, very suitable for the home. In times of health crisis, like the one we are currently experiencing, you can associate it with disinfection.

Why is disinfecting or sanitizing so important?

Disinfection is extremely important in the hospital and catering environment. This method can also be used at home, especially during risky periods like today. Normally, cleaning up your interior may be enough.

It is absolutely essential to keep your interior clean through disinfection or sanitation. Indeed, allowing pathogenic microorganisms to develop can lead to the multiplication of illnesses, more or less serious, in you and your loved ones...

Dusting and surface cleaning is not enough, although this step is necessary before disinfecting or sanitizing. Even if you don't see them, germs are present, on all surfaces. They can be transmitted very quickly to humans by touch. They then spread between the inhabitants of the house and during contact outside.

Among the people most at risk are those who tend to put objects in their mouths or touch many surfaces... Children are therefore on the front line facing viruses, bacteria and other microbes!

To protect them, it is essential to regularly sanitize their games, toys, stuffed animals, but also all other surfaces with which they may come into contact.

Simple and natural tips for cleaning

To disinfect your interior, you can use bleach or other commercially purchased products. They must clearly indicate their disinfectant properties. Be careful to follow the instructions for use so as not to poison yourself! In addition, or to replace them normally, here are some little tips to remember:

Essential Oils of Thyme , Lavender and Tea Tree
Antiseptic and anti-bacterial, these 3 oils can be used in homemade household products.

Children's dirt and stain remover powder
A natural, easy-to-use powder to remove stains and keep laundry fresh and clean.

Black soap
Cleaner and disinfectant. Dilute a spoonful in a bucket of water to clean all surfaces.

Homeocan Children's laundry detergent
To sanitize and protect your little ones' clothes (and yours!).

Bicarbonate
It can be used to sanitize and eliminate odors.

The natural biodegradable sanitizer
A Canadian product designed for the health and safety of children! Use it to sanitize diapers, games and toys.

White vinegar
Disinfectant, deodorizer, descaler and cleaner, white vinegar is an essential household product! Just use it with a sponge.

You now know how to take care of your interior to avoid risks and stay healthy!