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Knowing Your EPA Registered Disinfectants

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EPA Disinfectant List

Healthy living requires knowledge and information about the options, tools and other resources available to us.  You often assume that a certain cleaning product that smells good or advertised in a unique way is a disinfectant, or a germicide.  Manufacturer’s marketing tactics are clever and knowledgeable enough to know exactly where the fine line between legal and false advertising is. Cleaning chemicals are packaged and label in a most attractive and attention getting ways however, that doesn’t mean they are a solution to the cleaning problem you may have.  Often if your read the “fine print” you will learn that its not what you need or looking for.  For example, some household cleaning products must stay wet on the surface for 10 minutes or more hence, spraying and wiping will not kill the germs as you think or perceive by the picture label on the spray bottle.  Another example, some products may be applicable for porous or non-porous surface which makes a huge difference if your need is to heavy duty clean your home’s contact surfaces.  One big warning is, make sure that the product is not corrosive as many are when sprayed on metal surfaces such as handles, trim, drains etc.  To help you understand better which home deep cleaning products are EPA registered and certified as disinfectants you may download a free EPA Disinfectant List. The EPA also provide in this list the product name, and recommended use.  The list below provides the active ingredients which are helpful with those who have certain allergies or skin that is sensitive to cleaning chemicals.

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