Never in my life have I felt so passionate about keeping my home clean. I'm already an organized person, but these days I've found myself diving into deep, dark rabbit holes of information to learn how to actually kill germs on every surface, from my metal door handles to my kitchen's quartz countertops. While most of the info I've gleaned isn't totally surprising, one fact did stick out: Cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting all have completely different definitions.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "cleaning" refers to removing germs from an object, "disinfecting" means killing germs, and "sanitizing" refers to lowering the number of germs on an object to a safe level. Each of these methods has its own way of making your home a safer place, but the distinction is still an important one to know — especially as you're shopping for home cleaning products.
Assuming your goal is as simple as making your home safer for yourself and your loved ones, read on to learn the most effective ways to tackle high-traffic surfaces. The best part? You can probably use whatever products you already have safely stashed under your kitchen sink, meaning there's no need to venture out to your neighborhood store. Here's what you need to know: