There's a difference between cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning is what you do to remove dirt and grime from the surfaces around your home (cleaning can help wash away germs, too). But if somebody in your household is sick, or you're trying to prevent the spread of illness, you'll want to follow up your cleaning with targeted disinfecting of frequently-touched areas like light switches, cabinet handles, and countertops, for example. Use wipes or disinfecting spray on to kill germs on non-porous surfaces, and use steam or hot water to help sanitize fabrics and upholstery.

Disinfecting Basics

Here's the Difference Between Cleaning, Sanitizing, and DisinfectingOrganize & Clean
Including why all-in-one products can't do it all.
Feb 15, 2020
A Microbiologist Shares How “Target Hygiene” Cleaning Can Help When Everyone’s Getting SickOrganize & Clean
We’ve got good news for you: You probably don’t have to spend all day disinfecting.
Mar 11, 2020
5 Cleaning Supplies a Microbiologist Always Has On HandOrganize & Clean
Here are a few items to consider for your own arsenal against germs.
Feb 10, 2020

Coronavirus News and Updates

Here’s Everything the CDC Wants You to Know About Cleaning Your Home Right NowOrganize & Clean
Here's a condensed version of the health agency's recommendations for how healthy people should be cleaning their homes right now.
Mar 10, 2020
The DIY Sanitizer Recipes You’re Seeing Everywhere Don’t Work—Here’s the Right Way to Do ItOrganize & Clean
Some people are taking sanitizing matters into their own hands (pun intended). Here's why that won't work.
Mar 5, 2020
3 Disinfectants You Can Use If You Can’t Find Clorox WipesOrganize & Clean
Brand loyalty is great, but the best product is the one you can find (or already have at home).
Mar 5, 2020
Please Don’t Use Tito’s Vodka to Make DIY Hand Sanitizer, Begs Tito’s VodkaOrganize & Clean
Twitter users were claiming that the drinking alcohol can be used to make a homemade hand sanitizer.
Mar 5, 2020

How to Disinfect Frequently-Touched Surfaces

How to Clean & Disinfect Your PhoneOrganize & Clean
Odds are you’ve heard by now that your phone is… well, kind of disgusting.
Mar 12, 2021
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How to Clean & Disinfect Your House KeysOrganize & Clean
Cleaning your keys with soap and water will help wash away germs.
Dec 4, 2019
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How to Clean & Disinfect Your Laptop KeyboardOrganize & Clean
Yes, you can clean a laptop with Clorox wipes.
May 20, 2023
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All Disinfecting Tips & Solutions

5 Steps You Can Take to Get a "Crumbless" Laptop KeyboardOrganize & Clean
Achieving a spotless (or crumbless) laptop isn’t as easy as sucking it all out with a vacuum like you would beneath your dining room table.
May 20, 2023
One Kitchen Habit I Had to Change When I Learned the Truth About Stainless SteelOrganize & Clean
I definitely don't want to have rust or pitting in our stainless steel sink, so I quickly changed my habits.
Nov 30, 2021
3 Unsafe Habits You Should Never Practice In Your KitchenOrganize & Clean
Just because you’ve been doing something for years in the kitchen without problem doesn’t necessarily mean it's safe.
Jun 19, 2021
This Hand Sanitizer is So Pretty, You’ll Want to Display it As DecorStyle
Introducing PAUME, a luxury sanitizing skin care brand.
May 2, 2021
Are You Over-Disinfecting Your Home? Here Are 3 Things to KnowOrganize & Clean
These days, “better safe than sorry” might also mean disinfecting sparingly, or in some cases, not disinfecting at all.
Mar 18, 2021
3 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About DisinfectantsOrganize & Clean
Using disinfectant products isn’t an automatic free pass to a germ-free life. You have to use disinfectants correctly to reap the benefits, including staying healthy.
Mar 14, 2021
4 Things You Need to Know—Right Now—If You Use Disinfecting Wipes to Clean Your PhoneOrganize & Clean
Odds are you’ve heard by now that your phone is… well, kind of disgusting. Here are some quick statistics: According to TIME, most cell phones are dirtier than a toilet seat—and in one study, high schoolers phones were found to have more than 17,000 gene copies on their phones’ screens. Phones are gross (even if you don’t bring your phone into the bathroom).When it comes to getting rid of germs quickly, most of us reach for a container of disinfecting wipes.
Mar 12, 2021
Yes, Disinfectants Expire. Here's What You Need to Know (Like, Right Now).Organize & Clean
If you stockpiled disinfectants last year at the beginning of the pandemic, now’s a great time to check your stash.
Mar 11, 2021
5 Disinfecting Steps You Should Still Be Taking (And 4 You Can Let Go)Organize & Clean
According to experts, some parts of our infection prevention routine are still as important as they were last spring. Other practices aren’t as significant as we thought.
Mar 1, 2021
10 Questions About Sex and Cleaning You Didn’t Know How to AskOrganize & Clean
We consulted a group of cleaning and sexual health experts to field your burning questions about sexual hygiene at home. No inquiry was off limits — we got down and dirty with it so you don’t have to!
Feb 16, 2021
Viruses Are Hard to Kill—Here’s What That Means for Your Winter Cleaning RoutineOrganize & Clean
Your home's hygiene should be different depending on which germs you’re trying to fend off.

Nov 2, 2020
One Common Cleaner Just Got Added to the EPA’s Coronavirus-Approved ListOrganize & Clean
The EPA announced this household favorite was added to the list after being tested in a third-party lab.
Sep 21, 2020