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Clean Surfaces

Clean homes. Clean workplaces. Clean schools. We’re all drawn to the clean we can "see." But we also know that just because something looks clean, doesn’t mean it really is clean. Learn about the role disinfecting and sanitizing in preventing the spread of illness-causing germs. You can’t see germs — like Salmonella, E. coli, or Influenza. But "pathogenic," or disease-causing, germs can be alive and thriving on surfaces all around you — at home, at work and at school.

Benefits of Disinfecting Household Surfaces Regular cleaning products do a good job of removing soil, but only disinfectants or disinfectant cleaners (also known as antibacterial cleaners) kill the germs that can cause many illnesses.

Hard Surface Hygiene Fact Sheet Disinfecting and sanitizing products are formulated to kill germs on surfaces at home, at work and at school. Get advice from the experts about where germs are and  which products you should use. Also learn about safety and ingredient information, directions for use and disposal.

Cleaning Hard Surfaces For best results, always read and follow label directions on cleaning products. The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) offers advice for cleaning hard surfaces around your house.

Household Cleaners Fact Sheet: Chlorinated Products Check out this tip sheet on safe product usage, from ACI, Chlorine Chemistry Council, and Water Quality & Health Council.

Mythbusters: Food Safety Facts Bacteria can spread throughout the kitchen and get on hands, cutting boards, knives, and countertops. Frequent cleaning can keep that from happening. Separate food safety fact from fiction.

FAQs About Cleaning and Disinfecting Household Surfaces Learn the difference between a disinfectant and a disinfectant cleaner or antibacterial cleaner and much more.

Food Safety Cleaning Tips Learn when to wash, clean and disinfect before preparing, serving or eating food and tips to stay healthy after handling raw meat, fish or poultry.