clean v.s. sanitize ?

Jessi - posted on 06/13/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )




I was allowed to get dirty and was a very healthy kid and the same goes for my son but ever since I started working for BelGioioso Cheese, Inc. where EVERYTHING must be sanitized I have been sick left and right.


Joanna - posted on 06/13/2011




I did a science project in grade school testing different kinds of handsoaps, and found antibacterial to be the worst. So I believe too much clean isnt a good thing.

Tara - posted on 06/13/2011




Clean is good, sterile not so much, unless you have people with auto immune disorders etc. living in your home.

Dirty is good for you, scientist have actually attested to the fact that they have seen a HUGE increase in gastro illnesses since people started working and living off the land.( edited to clarify: away from the land is what I mean not "off" as in from the land" When people had their hands in dirt every day, they ingested a ton of helpful parasites etc. that kept other pathogens at bay in our intestinal tract. Now we have an imbalance of "bugs" both good and bad in our systems.

I agree that sanitizing can have counter effects. Even my doctor says not to use hand sanitizer. Just soap and water.

edited again to add:

My doctor recommends hand sanitizer during flu and cold season if I don't have access to soap and water, but he says it is over used and can lead to susceptibility to other germs that our skin would otherwise fight off with their own army of "germ killing parasites" ewww... but true.

Kate CP - posted on 06/13/2011




The germs you know are much safer than the germs you don't know. I have an immune disorder and I don't sanitize stuff except for the toilet and other nasty areas like that. I clean and use soap and water and other cleaners, but I'm not a big fan of bleaching the shit out of something. We use hand sanitizer on the baby's changing table and in the kitchen for when I'm cooking and I'm dealing with meats and veggies and I don't want to have to wash my hands a billion times.

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Constance - posted on 06/13/2011




I prefer just clean but I do have to sanitize. My youngest has a supressed immue system. I allow my kids to get dirty. They are always outside playing and their clothes show it. I have to make sure that any type of virus is killed completely. Mainly though I just try to mak sure the everyday dirt is cleaned up and I mop the entire house every other day. I change the filter on the Hvac unit every week and it is the filter that catches almost everything. Dust everyday. As of right now I sanitize just a couple of times a week but son it will have to be done everyday 3x a day. She will be going in fora major surgery and it will be at least 6 monthes of recovery time. If I can keep the house as clean as the hospital she may only have to be in te hospital for a week or two. But I do agree germs are good for us and actually keeps us healthy.

Charlie - posted on 06/13/2011




We clean , I hate over sanitization .

My cousins mother would never let him play in the dirt and always sanitized everything as a result he now has a poor immune system , his body cannot handle any germs now and he has shoddy lungs he is always in and out of hospital unlike the rest of us who spent our youth ( and adulthood) rolling around in dirt .

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I'm clean but far far far from sanitized. My kids are the outside get dirty pat the dog eat dirt and whatever else they can find kind of kids and they are very rarely sick. I actually have my 1st cold in over 2 years but i have been under and enormous amount of stress and firmly believe that if i didn't have this stress then i would not be sick.
I think i'll happily stick to letting my kids get dirty and playing outside if it means they will continue to be as healthy as they have been.

Faye - posted on 06/13/2011




"Oregon State University philosopher and researcher
Sharyn Clough, found that women have higher rates of allergies, asthma and other autoimmune disorders because they tend to be so clean."

I have always debated that if more people would dry their clothes outside on the clothes line and kept a small pet that the new number of allergies, hay fever and asthma issue would be reduced.

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I keep hand sanitizer in my purse for when my toddler has to use a public restroom. I can't convince her not to touch the toilet seat and every other surface in a restroom. I wash her hands, then give her a little sanitizer. But that's it. I only bought the little bottle when she started using public restrooms because it grossed me out so much.

Other than that, I'm not really a germaphobe. She doesn't bath every night. She plays in the dirt. She eats off the floor. I just have a problem with public restrooms.

Lady Heather - posted on 06/13/2011




We just do clean around here. The only time I use hand sanitizer is if I'm at a camp site or rest stop or something with an outhouse and no soap. Ha.

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