Why is disinfecting so important?

Confused about the difference between cleaning and disinfecting?  We're here to help unravel the mysteries for you and explain the benefits of using disinfectants in your home, for you and your family.

Cleaning a surface simply removes visible debris, dirt and dust. BUT, sometimes cleaning tools, including sponges and cloths, simply move germs from one surface to another. Cleaning products are great at cleaning dirt and grease, but they don't have the power to eliminate germs. Although a surface looks clean, it could be riddled with bacteria that you can't see.  


Studies have shown that a child's high chair carries 1500 times more faecal bacteria than the same child's potty.  

Your home

We all love a warm and cosy home. Unfortunately, so do bacteria and viruses! In warm, moist conditions, bacteria such as E. coli can multiply every 20 minutes.

Within just 7 hours 2,097,152 bacteria could be relaxing in your bath or joining you on your kitchen counter whilst you cook for your family.  

The bathroom is one of the biggest breeding grounds for a bacterium. It has a lot of hotspots from the sink, to the bath, to the toilet.  


Did you know that the sink can have 100,000 germs per square inch? Or that when the toilet is flushed with an open lid, germs can travel as far as six feet, landing on the floor, sink, toothbrushes etc?

Your Health

The human body contains many bacterial cells. Most of these 'healthy bacteria' live in your stomach and help you to digest food. 

However, sometimes a build up of bacteria can mutate leading to illnesses including stomach upsets, food poisoning, flu, chicken pox and cold sores.  

For a healthy and happy family, disinfect your home regularly to kill bacteria and viruses and reduce the likely hood of illnesses.  


The average kitchen sponge is 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat! Modern lives can be so busy and hectic; so it is vital to get the most out of your weekly clean. Don't waste all of your hard work by spreading germs around your home with a contaminated sponge. The Hygiene Council advises that cloths and sponges should be washed above 60c to kill germs and be disinfected regularly. 

Your Garden

The warm summer days and light evenings are a perfect opportunity to entertain on the patio with a BBQ.  What lurks outside can be just as bad as a bacterium that's found inside. Bin lids have the highest bacteria count, a staggering 1.2million per cm sq.

In fact, most garden features are overlooked and not regularly cleaned, such as the BBQ and patio furniture, which are ideal places for bacteria to multiply.


It's estimated that the telephone ear and mouthpiece you lovingly use in your office every day carries up to 1,400 bacteria.  

Your office

The average office desk is home to 20,000 germs per square inch and becomes an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. They love to feast on crumbs leftover from those tasty lunches you've been having, turning your desk into a "bacteria cafeteria".

There are simple ways of avoiding these problems, use disinfectants not cleaners, let sponges/cloths soak in disinfectant for 5 minutes to make sure all of those nasty bacteria are busted and then wipe away with clean water.  

Time-saving solution

Zoflora Concentrated Disinfectant kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria, and makes them incapable of reproducing! Zoflora also leaves your home fragrantly fresh all day.