There is a difference between Cleaning and Disinfecting:


Shieann Wilson

The (CDC) Center for Disease and Control Prevention states ¨cleaning is removing the germs from the surface but not killing the germs.¨ That is only lowering their numbers for spreading the infection. ¨Disinfecting is using a chemical to kill the germs on a surface.¨ It’s recommended to first clean the surface then follow up with a disinfectant.

The (CDC) has listed a few disinfectant brands that are reliable to kill the germs.


* Hydrogen peroxide

* Lysol Brand all-purpose cleaner

*Clorox multi-surface cleaner plus bleach

*Clorox Disinfecting wipes

In case you may not be able to find any of this in the stores there are some home remedies like ¨ ⅓ cup diluted bleach to one gallon of water or an alcohol-based wipes or sprays with 70% or more alcohol.¨ There are some natural disinfectants going around social media like using liquor and vinegar, tea tree oil, ultraviolet lamps, and saline solutions. These are not backed up by science. ¨The virus spreads by a person’s respiratory droplets from a cough or sneeze.¨

Keep washing your hands and using hand sanitizer with 70% alcohol. If it doesn’t have 70% or more alcohol, it won’t do any good to stop the spread of germs. The school hand sanitizers contain no alcohol. There are other ingredients in the school hand sanitizers like benzalkonium that is supposed to help be a disinfectant but the covid alert says ¨Hand sanitizers using active ingredients other than alcohol (ethanol), isopropyl alcohol, or benzalkonium chloride are not legally marketed, and FDA recommends that consumers avoid their use.¨  In order for everyone to go to school, there are precautions to follow and for that reason, Kaya Wright said ¨the school hand sanitizers should be changed to help us all stay safe.¨