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What is disinfection?

What is disinfectant? Is disinfectant the same as bleach? Read on to find out this and more!

Disinfection is the process of cleaning something, especially with a chemical, in order to destroy bacteria and viruses on inanimate objects. There is a wide range of chemical disinfectants available including alcohol, chlorine and chlorine compounds (including bleach), formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde and hydrogen peroxide.

Disinfecting your home can be an effective barrier against infection. Cleaning and disinfecting your home with Domestos and other disinfectant products can help reduce the chance of infection and illness, including from Covid-19.

Is bleach a disinfectant?

The short answer is yes, bleach is a disinfectant.

A disinfectant can be described as any chemical agent used on inanimate objects (such as floors, walls and sinks for example) to eliminate germs such as viruses, bacteria, fungus and mould.

Read All about Domestos bleach and how it’s unstoppable in the fight against germs

Which areas in your home need disinfecting?

Some areas in your home need more frequent disinfecting than others.

  • Disinfect high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, tables, handles, light switches, and countertops regularly and after you have visitors in your home.

  • Disinfect other areas when they are visibly dirty or as needed. Clean them more frequently if people in your household are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19.

  • Clean surfaces using a product that’s suitable for each surface, following instructions on the product label.

If you want to be sure that you’re killing 99.9% germs dead on large surface areas around your home, for example floors, Domestos Thick Bleach will do the trick every time. Or there are dedicated Domestos products which you can find in our Surface Cleaners range, for areas where you may be preparing food for instance.

Domestos safety

Be sure to wear gloves and protect your eyes and skin while you’re using Domestos bleach products – they’re powerful, and deadly to germs! Always make sure that you use Domestos products according to the on-pack instructions.

Get more product recommendations and hints & tips to tackle all your bathroom cleaning problems.

Domestos Partnership with UNICEF

Read about our mission to help 100 million people have access to clean and safe sanitation by 2030, and how you can support our partnership with UNICEF.