Coronavirus disinfectant safety tips

April 3, 2020

Coronavirus disinfectant safety tips

The Covid-19 outbreak, caused by the novel coronavirus, is something we never faced before. In the US alone, there are over 300 thousand confirmed cases. People are advised to isolate, keep the social distancing measures and to work from home if possible.

In order to keep their homes safe too, many people rely on the information and guidelines released by the CDC on how exactly to use EPA-registered disinfectant products. These products are sued to safeguard your homes from the contagious outbreak.

If you want to learn which disinfectant products have been approved by EPA, visit their official website here.

Since disinfectant are strong chemicals, they need to be handled properly

Disinfectant products are efficient in killing germs, but they can be pretty hazardous to people’s health and that’s why they need to be handled with care. This is by no means an attempt to discourage people to use these products during the Covid-19 outbreak, but consumers should make sure that they handle disinfectants properly and with caution.

The majority of disinfectant products contain ethanol, formaldehyde, chlorine or ammonia. There chemicals can seriously harm humans or their pets if they touch them, if they are ingested or inhaled.  Some of them might even be flammable or corrosive.

In order to minimize the exposure to these harmful effects, consumers can follow tips from HSH (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). What you need to focus on?

Labels – make sure that you read the label carefully before using the product. Only use it in the manner how it is described and in ways that it was intended

Packaging – cleaning products should be kept in their original packaging. Don’t transfer them in other alternative containers like bottles, jars etc.

Mixing – Under NO circumstance should you attempt to mix disinfectant products.

Inhaling – You should NEVER attempt to inhale or sniff containers in order to determine what’s inside. By doing so, you might cause injuries to yourself.

Air circulation – When using chemicals, make sure that your windows are open and your house fans are turned on. This will help air circulation and will clear your home of any residual chemicals left in the air.

Kids – You should ALWAYS keep dangerous chemicals away from your kids. Put them somewhere on a tall shelf where they can be out of their sight and reach.

Protective gear – When handling disinfectant chemicals, make sure that you’re wearing protective gear (gloves).


These disinfectant products are the most effective way in our fight against Covid-19. But we need to keep certain safety measures when we handle these chemicals and disinfect our homes.