What's the Best Way to Sanitize Your Doorknobs and Handles?

What’s the Best Way to Sanitize Your Doorknobs and Handles?

March 4, 2020

Doorknobs receive some of the most physical contact of any surface in your home, so it should come as no surprise that they can collect a lot of bacteria and dirt. The oils on our hands will build up on the surfaces of doorknobs over time, which will result in them attracting more dirt and foreign particles.

Therefore, you should make it a point to clean your doorknobs every now and then to prevent them from being major germ collectors. Here’s a quick overview of what you should know about the best ways to sanitize door handles in Colorado.

Cleaning your doorknobs

There are several methods you can use to get your doorknobs clean. If you want to use a natural cleaning solution that is non-toxic, you can use a mixture of vinegar and water. Create a 50-50 mixture in a spray bottle, spray it on the surface of the knob or handle and let it sit for a bit, then wipe it away with a clean cloth or towel.

If you’re concerned about removing odors, you can use products like baking soda as well. A two-part baking soda to one-part water mixture can create a paste that you can apply, let sit for a while and then brush away with a soft brush. Just keep in mind that because baking soda is an abrasive material, you should avoid using it on knobs made of materials that will wear or scratch easily. Otherwise, you can also add it to a soap mixture.

There are also disinfectant wipes on the market that are very easy to use and do a good job of cleaning surfaces. For example, Lysol and Clorox both make simple cleaning wipes. All you need to do is wipe them over the surface of the doorknobs and then let them air dry.

When cleaning your doorknobs, you should focus on the knobs and handles that get the most use every day. The front and back doors are obvious candidates, but you should also consider the bathroom doors, refrigerator and microwave doors and some of the closet doors that get a lot of use. From time to time you should also focus on the knobs and pulls on kitchen cabinet doors, as well as light switches, remote controls and computer keyboards and accessories.

There are some types of metals that are commonly used in doorknobs and handles that actually sterilize themselves over a certain amount of time. These tend to be knobs that contain copper, like brass. Brass knobs disinfect themselves after about eight hours, compared to aluminum and stainless steel, which never do. This is why people often opt for unvarnished brass knobs over aluminum or stainless steel doorknobs—they simply don’t require as much cleaning and disinfecting.

For more information about some of the best ways to clean door handles in Colorado, we encourage you to contact the team at Custom Door Hardware today. We’d be glad to answer any questions you have about our products and services.

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