• Before guests arrive, (65%) of women always clean the crumbs (visible debris, dirt and dust) and wash guest linens (63%) compared to fifty three percent who disinfect germ hot spots in the bathroom, kitchen and living room.
• Overall, women reported cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting more frequently after guests leave than before they arrive or during their stay.
• Nearly half of respondents mistakenly believe that cleaning with soap and water kills bacteria (47%), and more than a third mistakenly believe it kills cold and flu viruses (39%).
Additional findings from the survey can be found in the infographic below:
Clorox From Crumbs to Colds Infographic
So, do you know the difference between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting? Clorox has prepared this excellent holiday guide to explain it:
o Scenario: Soap and water remove dirt and debris -- If Grandma drops her famous sweet potato soufflé coming up the stairs, this is where you might use soap and water to clean it up. While this is a sticky mess, it isn’t likely to contain bacteria and viruses.
o Scenario: Sanitizers reduce bacteria -- You just finished stuffing the turkey and are turning your attention to the mashed potatoes. Before you start peeling and chopping, you’ll want to use a sanitizer to help kill any bacteria that could be lurking on the countertop and cutting board from the raw meat.
o Scenario: EPA-registered disinfectants kill viruses, bacteria and fungi -- You had a great time with your favorite Uncle Jim who flew cross-country to stay with you for the holidays. That is, until he got sick and was coughing and sneezing all over the house. To help reduce the spread of viruses that can cause cold and flu and help keep your home healthier, you can disinfect hard surfaces in the bathroom and around the house that he may have touched.
I hope you enjoyed this valuable information from Clorox on ways to combat your family’s exposure to cold and flu bugs this holiday season. Now read on for a giveaway from Clorox!
CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to the winners: Sarah, Allison Downes, jennielee226, Parsimonious Pash, and Nicole!
Thank you to The Clorox Company for providing this information about the survey and the infographic and the coupons for the giveaway. No compensation or product samples were provided to me in exchange for this particular post.