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PEHSU Fact Sheet: Safer Disinfectant Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic > What if you can't access some of these safer products?

What if you can't access some of these safer products?

posted on Jun 3, 2021

If you don’t have access to a microfiber cloth: wash or dispose of sponge, rag, or towel after every surface cleaned. If you fold a rag/towel in half and then in half again, you will have 8 disinfecting surfaces to use before you need a new one.

  • Options to clean sponges:
    • wash in the dishwasher
    • soak for one minute in a 1/2 teaspoon of bleach mixed in one quart of water solution
    • For a non-metallic sponge, another option is to microwave soaking wet for one minute.
  • Towels can be washed with soap or detergent in a basin or washing machine.

  • If you only have access to bleach or disinfectants with active ingredients other than those listed as safer, make sure you use the personal protective equipment recommended by the manufacturer. Be sure to ventilate the area well (open windows, bring in outside air, turn on fans).