Basic safety tips when using disinfectant or sanitizer


December 29, 2022

Noel McCarthy is a staff writer at

Noel McCarthy is a staff writer at

Disinfecting and sanitizing a home, office or retail space is not just a good way to “de-bug” a place, it also can help prevent the spread of disease-spreading pathogens. Remember, sanitizers and disinfectants are different from each other: Sanitizers kill bacteria on surfaces, but do not kill viruses. Disinfectants kill viruses.

That said, there are some basic safety steps you should take whenever you use any kind of disinfectant or sanitizer, including:

  • Wear eye protection and disposable gloves when you are spraying disinfectants or sanitizers. Discard the used gloves appropriately after use.
  • Ensure the account’s workspace has adequate ventilation while you are disinfecting or sanitizing. It also is important that you store all your chemicals — disinfectants and sanitizers included — in a cool, dry and well-ventilated area. Never store them close together or with flammable materials.
  • If you are spraying hard surfaces (wood, tile, etc.), use enough disinfectant or sanitizer so they remain wet. Allow surfaces to dry naturally, as opposed to using a dryer. Doing so guarantees that all the germs are eliminated.


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