Mistake #5: You think every cleaner is a disinfectant.
All cleaning solutions are not created equal, and it pays to spend a little more time reading labels. Certain areas of the house, like the kitchen sink, countertops, bathtubs and door handles (if a family member is ill with a cold or flu), require a true disinfectant to kill germs. Unless the cleaning product has an EPA registration number in tiny print on the label (it will say something like EPA Reg No. 123), it’s not a disinfectant. Read the label, and more importantly, follow the directions. “Most disinfectants need to remain wet on a surface for a specified amount of time,” says Vance. “If you’re spraying it on the surface and immediately wiping it up, you’re not disinfecting.” Photo: iStock