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How can I make safe, effective disinfection choices?

posted on Jun 3, 2021

Not all disinfecting products are the same. Many disinfectants may have health risks, especially for children, pregnant women and people with respiratory diseases. There are safer choices!

The EPA Design for the Environment (DfE) Antimicrobial Product Program has a list of disinfection products that use ingredients (both active and inactive) that are safer for human health and the environment. The safer active ingredients are: citric acid, hydrogen peroxide, L-lactic acid, ethanol, isopropanol, peroxyacetic acid, sodium bisulfate, and chitosan. The EPA List N lists disinfectant products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against the virus that causes COVID-19. The best option is to filter the DfE list to show only those that are also on list N. If those products are unavailable, choose products with the safer active ingredients from the N list.