Disinfecting is also called decontaminating and you always do it after regular cleaning, or during that process. You always want to remove the visible dirt before you disinfect. It seems tricky when you do this for the first time, but it really is easier than it looks! You prefer to disinfect at least once a month, so that you can be really sure that bacteria and viruses have no chance to grow and make you or the hedgehog sick. Disinfection destroys all micro-organisms and/or parasites that are located in the accommodation.