Disinfectant Safety: Best Practices to Stay Healthy During the Christmas Season

Don’t you love the automatic doors where you shop? Unfortunately, not all stores have the convenience of sanitary door options. Have you opened the store door and then searched frantically for your hand sanitizer? 

One day while out with a friend, we stopped for lunch at a local diner. Before I reached the door she said, “Hold on!” She whipped out a small spray bottle from her purse that contained 70 percent alcohol and sprayed the door handle! Genius! Just think how appreciative people coming in behind you would know that you are not only disinfecting the handle for yourself but also sanitizing it for them. I now carry a small spray bottle in my purse. Big shout out to my friend, Lynne!

Of course, we have to be mindful of how we use straight alcohol. Be very careful around heat sources and open flames, as alcohol emits vapors and is extremely flammable. Also, don’t use a concentration higher than 70 percent, as studies have shown that these products freeze the outside of the virus instead of killing it.

Here are some factors to consider as you work to safely handle disinfectants. 

Can I combine different disinfectants?

No. It can be very dangerous if you don’t understand the chemical properties of the products you’re using and how they react with one another. Be very careful —  even when working with different types of cleaners around the house.

  • Do not mix vinegar or ammonia with bleach. It creates chlorine gas, which is toxic and can burn or blister skin and cause lung damage or even death in high enough concentrations.
  • Do not mix rubbing alcohol with bleach. This combination creates chloroform which was once used as an anesthetic but can cause liver and kidney damage, coma, or death.

What’s the safest way to store disinfectants?

  • Keep disinfectants in their original containers
  • Store them below eye level to avoid spills and the risk of something falling on your head and bursting
  • Clearly label anything you make at home to avoid confusion
  • Keep cleaning products in a dedicated, temperature-controlled area inside your home, such as a cabinet, so they’re not exposed to the elements
  • Have safety locks on any cabinets or drawers that contain disinfectants to avoid accidental ingestion by children or pets

We all can stay healthy and safe by adhering to a few safety procedures all the while ridding our personal space from germs and viruses.

To ensure your home is disinfected by the best cleaning methods, contact TLC Home Services today.

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