Cleaning & Disinfecting

Some types of harmful germs (such as those that cause colds and flu) can live on surfaces for several days. A few simple cleaning and disinfecting tips can help protect your family by reducing the spread of these germs.


DisinfectingSome germs can survive for several days on household surfaces like kitchen work surfaces, sinks and telephone receivers. When you disinfect, you are reducing/killing germs on these surfaces. It is really important to disinfect household surfaces regularly, especially after handling raw food and when someone in your home is sick. Try to make disinfection part of your daily routine by regularly using antibacterial cleansing wipes on your work surfaces, taps, handles and sink surfaces.

Top Dirty Sites in the Home


  • Sponge or dishcloth
  • Kitchen sink and drain area
  • Floor
  • Kitchen Faucet Handle
  • Chopping boards
  • Refrigerator handle
  • Kitchen work surfaces and table tops


  • Bath and sink drains
  • Toilet flush handle
  • Taps
  • Shower drain area
  • Toilet bowl (under the rim)
  • Toilet floor
  • Toilet seat

Cleaning Versus Disinfection

Cleaning and disinfecting are not the same thing. Cleaning means using detergent and water to remove dirt and some of the germs, whereas disinfecting means actually destroying the germs.

In some situations, (e.g. for small items such as cutlery and crockery), cleaning with detergent and water can remove sufficient germs, provided you scrub all the surfaces and then rinse them thoroughly with clean (preferably hot) running water. However, where proper rinsing is not possible (e.g. for large or fixed surfaces such as kitchen worktops, taps, toilet flush handles and door handles) it is important to routinely use a disinfectant to kill the germs.

Types of Germs:

  • Bacteria: Salmonella and E. coli bacteria can cause food poisoning.
  • Viruses: Rhinoviruses can cause colds. Herpes simplex virus causes cold sores. Influenza viruses cause flu.
  • Fungi: Trichophyton (a dermatophyte) can cause athlete's foot.
  • Parasites: Giardia can cause diarrhoea.

General Disinfecting Tips

Dettol Surface Cleanser Trigger

For cleaning and disinfecting and reducing allergens on a wide range of hard household surfaces, including surfaces where food is prepared:

  • Turn red nozzle to ON position.
  • Spray directly on to surface.
  • Wipe over with clean damp cloth and allow to air dry.
  • With electrical equipment, spray onto cloth before wiping.
  • After use, turn the red nozzle to the OFF position.

Dettol Surface Cleaning Wipes

For cleaning and disinfecting, and reducing allergens on a wide range of hard household surfaces, including surfaces where food is prepared:

  • Peel back the resealable cover and pull out a wipe
  • Reseal the pack to prevent the remaining wipes drying out.
  • Check the surface is compatible with the product and then wipe it.
  • No need to rinse.
  • Put the soiled wipe (and the germs) in the bin.

Dettol Disinfectant Spray

For disinfecting hard household surfaces:

  • Shake can well.
  • Hold can 15 to 20 cm from pre-cleaned surface.
  • Spray the surface until covered with mist.
  • Allow to air dry.
  • No need to wipe.
  • Always test for suitability on a small inconspicuous area prior to use.