You’ve taken steps to eliminate toxic home cleaners and fragranced products from your home. That’s great! But what about safe disinfecting?
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these guidelines for household settings:
- Cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt and impurities from surfaces. Cleaning does not kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.
- Disinfecting refers to using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.
To combat COVID-19, Health Canada offers a list of approved disinfectants for hard surfaces. Some products have hydrogen peroxide as the active ingredient. The Environmental Protection Agency maintains a similar list.
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