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Safer Disinfectant Use

A Resource for Families

Cleaning surfaces safely is important. Using disinfectants on surfaces can kill disease-causing germs but they may also have health risks.  Families can make safer, effective disinfection product choices.  Families are encouraged to read the guidance below to help prevent or reduce exposure to disinfectants.  This information can also help guide discussions with your child’s pediatrician or with your regional Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) staff.

PEHSU Fact Sheet: Safer Disinfectant Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic

 How do I protect myself from COVID-19? posted on Jun 3, 2021
 How should I remove dirt and germs? posted on Jun 3, 2021
 What should be disinfected? posted on Jun 3, 2021
 How can I make safe, effective disinfection choices? posted on Jun 3, 2021
 How do you more safely disinfect? posted on Jun 3, 2021
 What if you can't access some of these safer products? posted on Jun 3, 2021
 Key Points posted on Jun 3, 2021
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Additional Resources for Families 

CDC/ATSDR

EPA

ACMT

HealthyChildren.org

PEHSU Resources

Regional PEHSU Websites

Other Resources


This webpage was supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and funded (in part) by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC/ATSDR). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the PEHSUs by providing partial funding to CDC/ATSDR through an Inter-Agency Agreement. The findings and conclusions presented have not been formally disseminated by CDC/ATSDR or EPA and should not be construed to represent any agency determination or policy. Use of trade names that may be mentioned is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the CDC/ATSDR or EPA.

Date created: January 2021
Date updated: September 2021