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Friday's Ask the Experts: Degree of sanitation

February 03, 2012
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Friday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I have recently read that a combination of hydrogen peroxide and vinegar sprayed separately onto surfaces provides a high degree of sanitation. Is there any truth to this?

The answer:

Yes, it appears there is. In tests, the best results came from using one mist right after the other; this was 10 times more effective than using either spray by itself and more effective than mixing the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide in one sprayer. In tests run at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, pairing the two mists killed virtually all Salmonella, Shigella, or E. coli bacteria on heavily ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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