by Andrea Velasquez, Certified Clinically Clean® Specialist
Do you have a weekly schedule for every chore on your cleaning list that you happily check off like clockwork? Then you might be a clean freak. When something is out of place does it drive you crazy until you can put it back in order? You might be a clean freak. Have your white baseboards ever seen a speck of dust? Oh, you’re definitely a clean freak!
One such clean freak in our office admitted “It makes me feel good when my home and office is clean and organized. But it’s also a little embarrassing. Especially when people can tell I’m anxious about something being out of place or the coffee stain on my blouse. Or they see me take a quick nonchalant swipe at a spill on the table before the perpetrator can wipe it up.”
Beauty In Perfection
If you find yourself in alignment with our co-worker, you’re not alone. In fact, the ancient Greeks practically invented the concept of “perfection equals beauty.”
The Greeks believed themselves to be descendants of the gods and they always wanted the best.
Aristotle said, “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” If you’ve ever done a job that you don’t like, you’re aware of how true this statement rings.
Things Get Messy
The trouble is, we live in an imperfect world. Things get messy. The mirror gets smudged. There are fingerprints on the computer screen. The chair doesn’t get put back under the table. Sometimes the dishes have to wait until the next morning. Aaaargh!
Actually, we can all do with giving ourselves the grace to let a few things slide here and there. Yes even you, clean freak!
Cleaning To Perfection
When it comes to germs, however, cleaning to perfection can save lives.
What does that mean? Cleaning to perfection?
Let’s look at our kill chart. This represents how cleaning products work to combat germs on surfaces.
Look at bleach—which is a dilute solution of sodium hypochlorite (NaClO). Bleach kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses – which sounds just about perfect, right?
Well, that’s what they want you to believe, because that’s the best they could do. Truth is there’s a massive difference between 99.9% and 99.999%. The number of 9s matter!
What’s more, there are a lot of rules to using bleach that you may not know.
- You must let bleach dwell for a FULL 10 MINUTES, then rinse the surface with water. That means keeping the surface wet with the bleach for the entire time.
- You have to use it in a well-ventilated area … or use a respirator.
- You can’t let it touch your skin because it’s extremely corrosive. That means wearing gloves.
- According to the EPA toxicity rating, bleach is a category 1, meaning it’s highly toxic.
- It discolors your clothing, carpet and really any fabric.
On top of all of that, it’s not even that effective, killing only 99.9% of germs, leaving 10,000 microbes on a surface. At that rate, germs will reproduce and come back even stronger.
Now look at Aseptic Plus, an oxidizer made of Oxychlorine Compounds. View our Safety Date Sheet here.
- Aseptic Plus kills 99.999% of germs and those 9s really make a difference.
- Plus, you don’t have to rinse. Just spray and get on with your life.
- You don’t need protective gloves, masks or special garments either.
- And it’s non-corrosive, non-caustic, non-reactive and non-flammable.
- With a low pH and a Category 4 on the EPA toxicity rating—the lowest risk!
So for all you clean freaks keeping bacteria and viruses at bay in your home or workplace, cudos. Because germs are what cause everything from the common cold to strep throat, to the flu and Covid-19.
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