Safer cleaning in the age of the novel coronavirus

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Note: This post originally appeared on the Toxic-Free future website.

Now that we are spending more time at home to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, many are wondering how to safely and effectively clean house to prevent infection. We are fortunate that our partners at Women’s Voices for the Earth have done the research, which we’ve adapted into three safer cleaning tips.


Choose safer disinfectants, if you choose to disinfect at home. You may choose to disinfect if you are in a high-risk group or have someone at home who is infected. If that’s the case, clean first with soap and water, then use safer products based on hydrogen peroxide or alcohol. Most disinfectants available for home use are based on chlorine bleach, which can irritate eyes and lungs and burn skin, or quats (quaternary ammonium compounds), which are skin and lung irritants and may harm reproduction.



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