While most of us have tried to keep our homes, as well as the other environments we live in, clean and hygienic, we’ve all recently had a big slap in the face about controlling and depleting the germs we come into contact with through our day-to-day lives. With Covid-19 still looming over the world, people have felt a renewed push to sterilize the countless and varied surfaces with touch on a daily basis. Whether it’s at home, at work, or even at the public places we visit, we’ve all had to look at the possibility of contamination in a new light.
Here at Cleaning King, we want to know the best products to use. New job regulations and cleansing advisements have also added to our focus on keeping things clean and sterilized like never before. As a massive number of people were affected by the coronavirus, most of us tried our best to increase the amount of cleaning we’re doing and have changed our habits to reduce the germs we come into contact with. Not only are we focused on protecting ourselves, but also those we love and care for.
Even without taking the pandemic into account, there are many other reasons to maintain cleanliness in our lives that have been around for a long time, such as the flu and the common cold. Those with children, elderly people, or those with weakened immune systems in their homes have even more reason to be cautious with the spread of germs and viruses. We at Cleaning King, just like everyone else, want to stay healthy and happy, and we want the same for our loved ones. Two of the more common cleansing products designed to kill germs are Lysol and Microban, but each one has its own pros and cons that should be considered when choosing which one is best for your home or workplace.
Lysol is the classic cleansing product that has been around since 1889 when it was used to combat the cholera epidemic in Germany. Most of the versions of this product use benzalkonium chloride to kill a large variety of bacteria and germs, though some of their other versions use hydrogen peroxide instead. When the Spanish flu spread in 1918, Lysol was an integral part of stopping the spread of the influenza. Throughout the years, it has continued to be a staple in many homes and businesses, as well as schools, medical buildings, and food establishments. Countless people have relied on it throughout their lives, growing up with their parents and teachers using it and trusting it to do the job.
Now, Lysol sells sprays, liquid cleansers, wipes, and laundry cleansers. They have products to solve almost every disinfecting need. It works against such a variety of problematic substances that it’s cemented into our lives. Not only is a great against viruses and bacteria, but it also does wonders for mold and mildew issues as well.
Lysol hasn’t always been seen as a safety measure, however. Throughout the course of the product, there have been several changes to the ingredients as some have become illegal due to possible dangers or toxicity and in 1911 it was tragically the most common means of committing suicide in both New York and Australia. It was also used by some women in its earlier days as a means of performing at home abortions. Accidental poisoning has also been a major cause of concern, with swallowing in children or contact with eyes and other sensitive parts of the body causes many injuries.
As a way to combat this danger, additives that make Lysol taste bitter have been added and warnings have been made undoubtedly clear on all of their product packaging. Lysol has strived to build its reputation as a cleaning agent that will help to protect and keep environments safe. Recently its ingredients have even been approved by the EPA
Microban is seen as a newcomer into the world of disinfecting products, but the company has actually been around since the 1980s. While Lysol has focused on mainly liquid cleansing products, Microban has had its hands in textiles, polymers, and coatings that are antimicrobial. This means that not only does it kill bacteria, mold, and mildew, it also stops the growth of these harmful nasties, reducing the need to repeat cleaning of surfaces. They also have liquid spray products called Microban 24 with the same idea of long-lasting bacterial, mold, and mildew reduction.
Recognizing the fact that some bacteria and germs are capable of living on certain surfaces for days, Microban focused on reducing this risk by creating a product that when sprayed on a hard, non-porous surface binds to that surface for 24 hours. However, while it does kill 99.9% of viruses with the initial spray, it can’t provide that same 24-hour protection for viruses, such as cold and flu.
The active ingredients in the Microban products are called quaternary ammonium compounds. These compounds are ingredients in many cleaners and work wonders to kill bacteria and viruses. Some people are concerned about Microban leaving a film on surfaces; however, we find that most people don’t notice any difference. There are a few types of surfaces where we were able to feel a slightly sticky film, though we didn’t find it too unpleasant and it’s a sign that the product is actually doing what it’s supposed to do.
The appeal of protection that lasts a long time has appealed to many in these times when so many are concerned about the spread of illness. While it does need reapplication to prevent the spread of viruses, there are countless situations when having a 24-hour antimicrobial on surfaces.
Like most things in life, knowing how to properly use a disinfecting product can make all the difference in its effectiveness. While we recognize that these products are fairly simple and straightforward, you may be surprised by some of the details involved to improve the ability of these cleansers to do what we’re using them to do. So many people just spray and walk away, assuming they’ve done everything they needed to do, but there is actually more to it than that.
To use Lysol’s spray appropriately, the directions are actually to spray the surface for 3 to 4 seconds until it’s covered in a fine mist. For most effectiveness, the surface should stay wet for three full minutes. Anything that’s going to be used in contact with food or toys for children, especially those who put things in their mouths often, should be rinsed with water afterwards.
We find the wipes to be the easiest of the Lysol products. Not only are they great at disinfecting, but they are also great for removing dust, dirt, and grime. This is important to use them correctly. They need to actually touch the surface to disinfect it, so you need to clean away all that mess, then wipe it down with a fresh wipe. Sometimes the wipes can be a bit dry, especially if they’ve sat in one place for a long period of time, so making sure the wipes you’re using have soaked up enough of the cleaning liquid is also important.
Using the laundry sanitizer is a great way to make sure you disinfect your clothing without needing a fancier washing machine with a special sanitizing cycle or using bleach. All you need to do is add it to your fabric softener compartment or the rinse cycle. The directions state to use two caps that are filled to the right line for your machine and load size. If you want to use it in a presoak you can use two capfuls to every gallon of cold water. It’s important to use cold water for this.
Unlike Lysol spray, Microban actually has different directions for what your goal is. To simply sanitize a hard, non-porous surface you’ll want to make sure it’s clean first, so the spray can bind properly. You spray on the Microban, let it stay for 10 seconds, then wipe it away with a damp cloth. If you want to 24-hour bond, allow it to airdry instead and reapply the spray in the surface is scrubbed. For soft surfaces, spray it and leave it alone for 60 seconds, then simply let it air dry. To disinfect against bacteria, in particular, spray on a hard surface until it’s wet. Leave it alone for 60 seconds, then wipe with a cloth. To include viruses and fungi, leave it alone for 5 full minutes, then wipe. Against Covid-19, you should spray it until it stays wet for 60 seconds and then let it air dry. If you’re having trouble with mold and mildew, make sure the surface is clean, then spray until very wet and let it air dry. You can repeat this every seven days to inhibit mold and mildew from growing. On soft surfaces, you spray until wet, allow it to dry, then repeat every 28 days.
The other two Microban liquid cleanser products follow about the same guidelines, though both the multipurpose spray and the bathroom spray are not aerosol sprays, which limits their uses.
While both of the disinfectants are wonderful and have served a major role in keeping people safe from spreading illnesses and diseases, we at Cleaning King find the versatility and range of the Lysol line to be more beneficial than the 24-hour binding that Microban brings to the table. If you’re concerned with areas that have issues with mold and mildew on hard or soft surfaces, such as a basement or an outdoor space, then Microban is great, but both products need to be reapplied repeatedly in order to protect from viruses. Therefore, counting the almost completely unnoticeable film left by Microban and the ability to find a Lysol product for more uses than what Microban currently offers, we have to go with the older and more well known of the two disinfectants for our regular use.
Possibly, in the future, Microban will expand their available uses, but at this moment we are happy to continue with the tries and true Lysol.
Both of these products will kill the virus. For surfaces that get touched a great deal by a large number of people throughout the day, both products should be used multiple times to remain effective.
Both products will help with mold and mildew. However, Microban shines in this area by creating a film that limits the future growth of this mold and mildew.
Both products are safe for hard, non-porous surfaces and soft surfaces. However, surfaces that come into contact with food or that may absorb the cleaners should be avoided by Microban. Lysol makes specific versions of their product that is safer for different surfaces and purposes.
Yes, both of these products disinfect efficiently to help you keep your home and workplace safe.