Cleaning our homes and work spaces is an ongoing project. It is a reward to look at our sparkling clean kitchen or bathroom for that minute or two before some decides to cook another pot of spaghetti sauce or take a long hot shower! So much for our sparkling looks now.
But looks can be deceiving. We have heard that one before. But with clean it is true. The advertizing people have done a good job of convincing us that clean must smell like something, pine, floral, lemon or the breeze. What does a breeze smell like?
Cleaning and disinfecting are two different processes. Most products on the market do one or the other. Some do both. I have discovered a type of cleaning and disinfecting products that are effective in killing germs and cleaning surfaces at the same time. These cleaners are called Quartenary Ammonium Compounds. Long name, but they are effective.
These Quartneary Ammonium Compounds or “Quats”, cleaning products disinfect as well as clean the surface. Chlorine bleach disinfects but you have to clean the surface separately adding another expensive step to the process. Quats are also have a neutral ph so they do not damage surfaces being cleaned and disinfected like chlorine bleach. They are also effective order control agents when used according to label instructions. For more general information on Quats see an article by Roger McFadden who is Technical Director for Coastwide Laboratories.
I am excited since I only just realized that I have been using a Quats for years. I knew the product worked well around my house, especially with the kitties. But I never really understood how amazing the product is! I have been using Shaklee’s Basic-G® Concentrated Germicide. It is a registered EPA germicide and is effective against 56 pathogens comprised of viruses, bacteria and fungi. Since Shaklee’s Basic G carries the EPA registration number on its label you can be certain that is has been proven, under scientific conditions to be effective against various bacteria and other pathogens listed on the label. MSRA and Influenza A are just 2 of the pathogens that Basic G is effective against.
Since chlorine bleach has so many negatives, it is easy to see why the Basic G type products are so popular with consumers. Remember, chlorine bleach products may be cheap in upfront costs, but they are not detergents so they don’t clean, only disinfect. Chlorine bleach products react with other chemicals that might be present when cleaning to product toxic gases. Attack hard surfaces causing damage especially on flooring. And worse, they have unpleasant orders and while they lose their strength rapidly make them not so cheap after all.
The one quart container of Basic G from Shaklee dilutes to 64 gallons of non-toxic cleaning solution when diluted according to directions. In its concentrated state it is a toxic substance and must be handled as such. But once diluted properly, Basic G has cleansing functionalities along with the disinfecting so there is no need to mix with other solutions.
So when you really need to clean your home, purchase some Shaklee Basic G along with the accompanying Spray Bottle for dilution, read the label carefully and clean, disinfect and deodorize your home. I am careful around the kittes, but use the diluted spray around their litter boxes making certain the solution is dry before the kitties return. I also use Basic G in my vacation home, when I travel in staying in a hotel room or cruise ship cabin. Shaklee even has some wipes that you can carry with you as you fly to help keeps the germs away. The wipes are from the Get Clean line and are called Germ Off Fragrance Free Disinfecting Wipes.
Stay safe as you travel and have a safe, germ free home.