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6 Steps for Safe & Effective Disinfectant Use

Step 1: Check that your product is EPA-approved
  • Find the EPA registration number on the product. Then, check to see if it is on EPA’s list of approved disinfectants at: epa.gov/listn
Step 2: Read the Directions
  • Follow the product’s directions. Check “use sites” and “surface types” to see where you can use the product. Read the “precautionary statements.
Step 3: Pre-clean the surface
  • Make sure to wash the surface with soap and water if the directions mention pre-cleaning or if the surface is visibly dirty.
Step 4: Follow the contact time
  • You can find the contact time in the directions. The surface should remain wet the whole time to ensure the product is effective.
Step 5: Wear gloves and wash your hands
  • For disposable gloves, discard them after each cleaning. For reusable gloves, dedicate a pair to disinfecting COVID-19. Wash your hands after removing the gloves.
Step 6:  Lock it Up
  • Keep lids tightly closed and store out of reach of children.
 
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GUIDANCE FOR CLEANING & DISINFECTING PUBLIC SPACES, WORKPLACES, BUSINESSES, SCHOOLS, AND HOMES

DEVELOP YOUR PLAN

  • DETERMINE WHAT NEEDS TO BE CLEANED.
  • DETERMINE HOW AREAS WILL BE DISINFECTED.
  • CONSIDER THE RESOURCES AND EQUIPMENT NEEDED.

IMPLEMENT

  • CLEAN VISIBLY DIRTY SURFACES WITH SOAP AND WATER
  • USE THE APPROPRIATE CLEANING OR DISINFECTANT PRODUCT.
  • ALWAYS FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS ON THE LABEL.

MAINTAIN AND REVISE

  • CONTINUE ROUTINE CLEANING AND DISINFECTION.
  • MAINTAIN SAFE PRACTICES
  • CONTINUE PRACTICES THAT REDUCE THE POTENTIAL FOR EXPOSURE.