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Do you know what the germiest place in your house is? For today’s time-pressed consumer, concerns about the home have — more than ever — become top of mind. We want to ensure that our houses are healthy and clean so they can be safe places for work, play, rejuvenation and sanctuary.
Indeed, during these pandemic times, Americans are getting savvier about cleaning and sanitation in their homes.
We checked with resident cleaning guru Lisa Yakas, Senior Account Manager for EPA’s Safer Choice cleaning products and our home product certification. Yakas was recently a panelist at Good Housekeeping’s Discover Cleaning 2022: The Clean, Healthy & Happy Home Summit, a virtual event held in partnership with the American Cleaning Institute. The October event was designed to address the cleaning concerns of today’s consumers and highlight the latest advancements in the world of cleaning. The panel probed the issues consumers face around cleaning and killing germs in the kitchen and bathroom and discussed why it’s important, what hot spots people are missing, the challenges of keeping these spaces clean, and the best products to use and how to use them properly.
We also polled consumers on social media to find out if they knew what the germiest places in their homes were. Find out what more than 1,200 consumers think are the germiest spots and what our expert Yakas says you can do about them:
Yakas stresses why it’s so important to kill germs in the kitchen and bathroom: because they can make you sick.
“The kitchen and bathrooms are the germiest places in the home,” says Yakas. If not cleaned properly, they can make you ill through contact with germs and bacteria. She also says sanitizing and disinfecting are key musts. But what’s the difference between them?
The Safer Choice label is a voluntary partnership with the U.S. EPA that helps consumers and commercial purchasers find products that contain safer chemical ingredients without sacrificing performance. NSF is the largest third-party reviewer of all-purpose cleaners, window cleaners, tub/tile cleaners, laundry detergents, floor care products, pet care products and car care products.
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