Know What to Look for in Disinfectants and How to Use Them Safely
Before you rush out in a frenzy and grab any disinfectant you can find to fight coronavirus, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. First, check to make sure the products you’re buying are on the EPA's list of approved products that are effective against Covid-19. Keep in mind that some of the most well-known products like Lysol and Clorox wipes are on the approved list, but they are sometimes in short supply. You might need to search for alternatives, but not all substitutes are as effective as these products. If a disinfectant isn't on the EPA’s list, don’t buy it and find something that is.
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Once you select a product, it’s also important to use it safely. Misuse is dangerous and could render the product useless. Disinfectants can affect people’s skin in different ways. Before using one, put on a pair of rubber gloves to avoid directly touching the disinfectant with your hands. You also want to avoid breathing in fumes from the product, so try to ventilate the area as much as possible when cleaning. Before starting, fully read the directions for product use and follow them exactly.
In addition, you should follow EPA safety guidelines to ensure you don’t run into any unexpected problems using the product. The organization breaks down guidelines into six simple steps to help you understand different products and use them appropriately.