Disinfectants and sterilant can contain toxic ingredients. It’s important to choose the least toxic alternative as well as use the right product for the job. For example, a product that is strong enough to sterilize an OR does not need to be used at the nurses’ station. Also, for most populations, disinfectants do not need to be routinely used in the home. To read more about the issues associated with the overuse of disinfectants: Disinfectant Overkill.
The acute health effects of certain disinfectants and sterilant can be eye, skin, and respiratory irritation. Some products used in disinfectants can also be carcinogenic. A review of the issues with disinfectants and sterilant in healthcare and factors to consider when selecting products can be found here.
Check out our green cleaning resources to learn more. Below are some infographics on safe disinfectant use during the Covid-19 pandemic.