With the threat of COVID-19 still looming large, American households are doing more cleaning and disinfecting than ever before. Some of us may be looking at warning labels with concern. We want to kill germs, but we want to keep ourselves, our families and our pets safe. That’s especially true when our families have allergies or chemical sensitivities. What are most effective disinfecting products out there? How can we use them safely? The team at AFC Cleveland can help you sort through these questions.
What Are the Best Disinfectants for COVID-19?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, “most common EPA-registered household disinfectants” should be effective against COVID-19. These are often bleach- or alcohol-based cleaners. You can make your own cleaner by mixing 5 tablespoons bleach with one gallon of water. Can organic or bleach-free disinfectants kill COVID-19? People with chemical sensitivities or allergies may find their symptoms are triggered by many disinfectants. Luckily, many bleach-free cleaners are effective against COVID-19. You can check your product’s effectiveness on this EPA chart.
- Citric acid
- Ethyl alcohol
- Hydrogen peroxide
How Can I Use Disinfectants Safely?
First, read the label and follow instructions closely. Use the smallest amount necessary to do the job. Wear gloves (non-latex, if necessary) to protect your hands. When you’re finished with a product, store it out of reach of children and pets. If you don’t store disinfectants in their original bottles, make sure to label them clearly with their name and the words POISON or HAZARDOUS. If anyone in your family does accidentally drink a disinfectant, don’t try to get them to vomit. Call Poison Control immediately and follow their instructions.
Disinfection Made Easy
- Clean, then disinfect.
- Don’t mix products.
- Use small amounts.
- Ventilate the area.
- Wear gloves.
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