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42% of Americans aren't using disinfectants properly

March 31, 2020

A new poll conducted for the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) found that 45% of Americans are not using disinfectant wipes and sprays properly

Improper disinfection methods can lead to the spread of infection in communities, including healthcare facilities. This ACI survey reveals that the most common mistake respondents make is wiping a surface dry immediately after spraying it. Another common mistake is using a disinfectant wipe to make a "quick pass" over the intended surface. 

In response, ACI has provided the following disinfection tips:

  • Pre-clean surfaces to remove dirt prior to using the disinfectant.
  • Be sure to read the label on the disinfectant- each disinfectant may require a different wipe method or amount of time the surface needs to remain wet.
  • Let the surface air dry and follow the label’s recommended “wet” time after applying the disinfectant- this is a crucial step which will ensure that the intended microorganism is killed.
  • Rinse food contact surfaces and toys with water after they air dry.
  • Help save the environment- if you use a disinfectant wipe, throw it in the garbage after using. Do not flush these items as studies show these products pollute our ecosystem.7,11,15

It is critical that users read and follow the label instructions to ensure disinfectants will work in protecting our communities, homes and healthcare facilities against the spread of COVID-19.

View the full American Cleaning Institute "Cleaning and COVID-19" survey press release here: https://www.cleaninginstitute....

View the American Cleaning Institute guide for cleaning against the coronavirus here: https://www.cleaninginstitute....