Cleaning Tips

How to Disinfect Bathroom Handles

When you flush a toilet with the lid up, microbes can travel up to 6 feet, landing on all of the surrounding bathroom surfaces. This “plume” phenomenon creates a potential germ hotspot in your bathroom, spreading germs far and wide. For example, 60% of toothbrush holders contain fecal particles due to the “plume” phenomenon.

If you consider that bathroom sink faucets have an average of 6,200 bacteria per square inch*, some of which can survive on hard surfaces for weeks, disinfecting becomes even more important.

To help prevent cold, flu and a barrage of other illnesses, a twice-weekly schedule of disinfecting is recommended in addition to a weekly cleaning routine. Disinfect even more frequently during cold and flu season.

People commonly use disinfecting wipes because they seem convenient, but they often require that surfaces remain wet for up to 10 minutes in order to be effective, and keeping a surface wet with disinfecting wipes can be more difficult than you might think. Many of them contain alcohol, which can cause the liquid to dry quickly. This can make it difficult to keep the surface wet without re-wiping multiple times, resulting in a potential waste of both time and money.

A fast-acting spray-application disinfectant will allow you to disinfect the hard-to-reach areas that wipes can’t, and ensures that the surface remains wet for the proper time so germs are, in fact, killed. Simple Green Clean Finish Disinfectant Cleaner eliminates cold, flu, E. Coli, Salmonella, Norovirus and other illness-causing bacteria in 2 minutes or less without bleach, remaining wet and active on hard, non-porous surfaces long enough to do its intended job.



  1. Remove any visible gunk or build-up.
  2. Spray the surface with Simple Green Clean Finish Disinfectant Cleaner until completely covered with the product, including the underside of the handle or fixture. Allow surface to remain visibly wet for 2 minutes (see label for complete list of kill times). No scrubbing necessary.
  3. Wipe dry with a clean cloth or allow to air dry.

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