CleanSmart Climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro!

By CleanSmart @ 4:30 pm
We recently received this note from a CleanSmart fan who made an impressive seven day trek up Mount Kilimanjaro. He carried his CleanSmart Hand Sanitizer the whole way, and credits it for keeping him healthy on the trip:

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Training (both physical and altitude) along with a respected and capable guide service are keys to a successful summit.  However, even the best preparation does not guarantee success if the hiker becomes sick on the mountain.  The two most common sickness are various forms of altitude sickness, and wilderness acquired diarrhea (WAD).  Prevention methods for WAD should include good hygiene such as washing with soap and treated water, and frequent use of hand sanitizer.  I used CleanSmart throughout my seven days on the mountain and it worked, I summited Kilimanjaro and returned to the U.S. in good spirits and in great health. I highly recommend CleanSmart as part of my hiking gear list/first aid kit.

Thanks for sharing, Mike!

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CleanSmart Disinfectants are on shelves for the first time in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin! You can view a full list of locations carrying our 23 oz Daily Surface Cleaner and 16 oz Disinfectant Spray below. Both are approved by the EPA to kill 99.9% of germs, bacteria and viruses without any harmful chemicals or harsh fumes.

Image of CleanSmart Disinfectants on Shelf

Barnesville Grocery

Barnesville, MN


County Market

Hudson, WI
International Falls, MN


Dan’s Supermarket

Bismarck Arrowhead, ND
Bismarck North, ND
Bismarck South, ND
Bismarck West, ND


Ekness SuperValu

Crosby, MN


Gordy’s County Market

Eau Claire, WI
Rice Lake, WI



Fargo Northpoint, ND
Fargo Southgate, ND
Fargo Village West, ND



Aberdeen, SD


King’s County Market

Andover, MN
St. Francis, MN


Kowalski’s Market

Eden Prairie


Mackenthun’s Fine Food

Waconia, MN


Mount Royal Fine Foods

Duluth, MN


Ruebs SuperValu

Plentywood, MT


Service Food Market

Fergus Falls, MN


Super One Foods

Ashland, MN
Baxter, MN
Cloquet, MN
Crosby, MN
Duluth (Kenwood), MN
Duluth (Miller Hill), MN
Duluth (Pike Lake), MN
Duluth (Plaza), MN
Duluth (West), MN
Grand Forks, MN
Hibbing, MN
Roseau, MN
Superior (Harbor View), WI
Superior Oaks, WI
Two Harbors, MN
Virginia (North), MN
Virginia (South), MN

Learn more about the two products here. You can get more information on each location including individual addresses and phone numbers here.


Images showing ways to protect against harmful germs

Germs are found just about everywhere you could possibly imagine including surfaces, the air, soil and water, and in our own bodies. Many of these germs are actually helpful. They provide nutrients, work to decompose trash, and assist in breaking down food in our bodies. Some however are not so good, and these unfortunately give all germs a pretty bad rep. Keep reading to learn about the three major types of germs and how to stay safe from the bad ones.


Because viruses are not considered living, they need a home in living cells to grow and reproduce. To do this, they invade a ‘host,’ which can be anything living including animals, plants, and us! In this process, the host cells are slowly destroyed. This process leads to serious diseases such as influenza (the flu) and rhinovirus.


Unlike viruses, bacteria are able to live just about anywhere you can imagine. For the most part, bacterium helps us in our daily lives, however they can be just as dangerous as viruses. They reproduce inside the human body and can cause infections like pneumonia. They can also live in food, which causes the spread of E. Coli and is the primary reason properly cooking food is so important.


Like bacteria, fungi can be very helpful and includes yeasts, mushrooms and less pleasant, mold. Because they don’t have mouths, some will absorb the nutrients they need through living organisms. This process can cause diseases such as Athlete’s Foot and Ringworm.

Most viruses, bacteria, and fungi are spread through breathing, coughing, and sneezing. We can also pickup the bad germs through infected objects such as doorknobs, surfaces, or shaking the hand of someone already infected.

Now that you know more about what germs are and what they do, how do you stop the bad ones? Luckily, the easiest way is through the simple good practices we all learned growing up. Washing hands throughout the day, using disinfectants to kill 99.9% of germs on surfaces, and getting regular immunizations can all dramatically decrease the chances of harmful infection.

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