To Disinfect or Not to Disinfect?

To Disinfect or Not to Disinfect?


That is the Question...


Answer: It depends. There are almost as many guidelines around using disinfectants as there are for anti-biotics, but that still does not stop the overuse, over administering and over prescribing of these chemicals and/or drugs. An active awareness is our best line of defense. 

There is a big misunderstanding these days when it comes to disinfecting chemicals, how they are used, where to use – and when to use them. Many of the chemicals used in the killing of bacteria and viruses are themselves, harmful. According to the EPA, any registered disinfectant is a registered pesticide, just like any chemical, all must be used according to label instructions – with special attention to chemicals associated with disinfecting properties.

Below are a few things highlighted from an SDS (safety data sheet) for a widely distributed disinfectant, which is used in many businesses, schools and homes on a daily basis:

* Extremely Flammable (in aerosol form)
* Contains material that may cause targeted organ damage, to the following     organs: Blood, Lungs, Reproductive Organs, Liver, Heart, Upper Respiratory   Tract, Skin, Eyes and Central Nervous System (CNS)
* This product can cause cancer. ‘risk of cancer depends on duration and level of exposure’.
     *For any SDS simply search for the product name and SDS or contact manufacturer to obtain a copy.

    The key here is to know what you are using, how to use it and when it should be used. Reading and following label instructions is critically important. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when using a registered pesticide:

    1. Think before you spray. Keep in mind the chemical nature of what you are using, make sure for disinfecting purposed you have an EPA registered product. You can also check the EPA’s site for a list of approved products.

    2. When spraying disinfectants, do not breath in the vapors or inhale the mist (note: if you are smelling the chemical then you are breathing the vapor). Spraying must be done as you walk yourself out of the room/area you are treating and never in the presence of anyone else.

    3. Read label instructions prior to use, reference dwell time (surface time) to determine the amount of time needed for the product to sit.
    Clean all organics/debris off the surface prior to disinfecting.

    4. Allow time to pass before reentering the area – most labels suggest a minimum of one hour – we suggest two. For liquid sprays, allow surface to dry and any vapors to dissipate. For Fogger or spray mist or ‘gun’ application allow 12-24 hours before reentry.

    5. Use correct protective equipment, i.e. gloves, mask, etc.


      So, when is disinfecting not necessary?

      Consider Cleaning (vs disinfecting) – cleaning physically removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects by using soap (or detergent) and water. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their number and the risk of spreading infection. (according to the CDC) Cleaning, Disinfection, and Hand Hygiene in Schools – a Toolkit for School Administrators | CDC  

      Our Natural Based Cleaner takes this cleaning step further in an effort to reduce toxic loads by using natural ingredients and PROBIOTICS. Our patented solution cleans the surface and uses probiotics to continue the process by creating a sufficient amount of enzymes needed to help breakdown surface matter.


      Natural based cleaner with probiotics 


        It Is The Culleoka Company’s mission to remove the toxins associated with cleaning chemicals used in the businesses we frequent, the schools our children attend and of course from homes. And to replace those harsh chemicals with a simple and natural based solution. Ours.

      We believe the negatives far outweighs the positives when it comes to using cleaning chemicals and disinfectants. The answer is simple, wash surfaces with our Natural Based Cleaner enhanced with beneficial bacteria. Our little probiotics go to work for you and continue long after the matter is removed.

      Our Natural Based Cleaner can be used on any surface that water can be used on. Here are a few uses:

      Removes: organics, food based grease and oils, blood soiled areas, fecal matter, urine salts, grass stains, pet stains and odors, etc.

      Here are a few places you can NBC: Any Surface (safe to water), fabrics and upholstery, automotive (interior & exterior, RV’s (in and out), counter tops, wood floors, etc.

      We'd love for you and yours to join us and ours on this journey of Simple and Natural Based Solution for Life. 

      Please stop by our site for a little more info.


      “I can say the willingness to get dirty has always defined us as a nation, and it’s a hallmark of hard work and a hallmark of fun, and dirt is not the enemy."   ~Mike Rowe

      Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty (and clean), but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests (which can get you dirty). ~Proverbs 14:4 (added)


        ~Sonny Hobbs,


      Culleoka Company, LCC

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