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How to Clean With Dettol

Updated January 17, 2019

Dettol is the brand name of a liquid disinfectant product with many cleaning applications. Its antibacterial properties make it a popular choice for simultaneously cleaning and disinfecting kitchens, bathrooms and infants' items, among numerous other possible uses. Dettol makes a range of cleaning products including wipes and sprays, but these instructions apply to the regular liquid disinfectant. Always read the instructions and guidelines on the packaging for specific guidelines.

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  1. Part-fill a bucket with hand-hot water and add about half a cup of Dettol per gallon of water. To maximise the product's disinfecting properties, add at least as much Dettol to the water as recommended on the label. You can add more than recommended if you like, as Dettol is safe to use undiluted on floors and surfaces.

  2. Submerge your mop in the Dettol-water solution and squeeze out the excess liquid.

  3. Replenish the mop with cleaning solution regularly as you mop your floor by submerging it in the liquid and squeezing out the excess.

  4. If your bucket water starts to look very dirty before you have finished mopping, pour it out and refill with new, clean water and more Dettol. There is no need to rinse the floor; just let it dry naturally.

  5. Part-fill your sink or a basin with hand-hot water and add 1 to 2 cups of Dettol liquid. Swish the water around to mix the Dettol and water. You will see a white, oily substance because some of the ingredients in Dettol are not soluble, but this does not affect the cleaning power.

  6. Soak your cloth (sponge or scourer) in the Dettol-water solution and squeeze out most of the liquid so that it is damp but not saturated.

  7. Scrub the surfaces all over with the damp cloth. Thoroughly rinse it often in the Dettol-water as you clean.

  8. Apply undiluted Dettol to your cloth and scrub any tough stains or marks that remain on your surfaces.

  9. Apply undiluted Dettol to a clean cloth or sponge and wipe down your baby's high chair after each meal.

  10. Use undiluted Dettol to clean changing mats, potties, toys and other hard surfaces that your infant may come into contact with. It is safe for surfaces cleaned with Dettol to come into contact with babies' skin as it contains no bleach.

  11. Sterilise your baby's bottles and pacifiers by washing them thoroughly in a solution of hand-hot water with Dettol (at least half a cup per gallon--check the instructions on the bottle). Rinse them with clean, cold water, then submerge the items in boiling water for at least five minutes.

  12. Tip

    Measurements that correspond with the ratios of Dettol to water for common cleaning needs are marked on the bottle cap.

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Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Sink or basin
  • Cloths, sponges, or scourers
  • Mop
  • Bottle brush
  • Rubber gloves (optional)

About the Author

A writer of diverse interests, Joanne Thomas has penned pieces about road trips for Hyundai, children's craft projects for Disney and wine cocktails for Robert Mondavi. She has lived on three continents and currently resides in Los Angeles, where she is co-owner and editor of a weekly newspaper. Thomas holds a BSc in politics from the University of Bristol, England.

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