Soap as good as disinfectant

April 28th, 2008 - 1:52 pm ICT by admin  

Sydney, April 28 (IANS) A study has dispelled myths about the need for daily use of chemical disinfectants in childcare centres. Swinburne Faculty of Life and Social Sciences researchers, Louise Dunn and Enzo Palombo, conducted a pilot project that aimed to determine safer, healthier and more sustainable ways to clean.

“The project aimed to promote using low-harm, biodegradable, green substances in cleaning without having to add such things as vinegar or bi-carbonate soda,” said Dunn.

To assess the efficiency of green cleaning methods two childcare centres were asked to clean using their normal cleaning products and then using a biodegradable substance such as soap and water.

“We found that there was no difference in the reduction of bacteria when using a plant-based detergent diluted with warm water and other cleaning products such as disinfectants.”

“Childcare centres are used to cleaning with a range of substances, but in order to reduce the impact on the environment, using warm soapy water without all the other add-ons works just as well,” said Dunn.

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