Disinfectant use during cold and flu season (or anytime for that matter)
With cold and flu season in full swing, I thought I would share some of my observances. Even if we do try to limit or delete the commercially available household chemicals we have in our homes, some of us have jobs where they are used. We may be required to use them, we may be the one directing their use, or we may simply know they are used in our place of employment.
There product label is a wealth of information and instruction. As boring as it is, and as many $50 words as there are, it is important to read. It tells what it is designed to do, how well it does it, what it can be used on, how long it takes to meet the intended results, and how to properly prepare for its use. And most likely, somewhere, it will say that it is a violation of one of the alphabet soup agencies regulations to use it for anything other than its intended use.
Companies spend bu-coo bucks to make the claim that their product kills or eliminates 99% of fungi, viruses, and bacteria. They love to say that it does it faster than the competitor. Face it, if you go shopping for this kind of product and one will do the job in 1 minute and the other in 2 minutes, you are going to get the one that only takes 1 minute.
I've just randomly looked up the old standby for years for numerous families; plain old lysol disinfectant spray. It still claims to kill "99% of the viruses and bacteria that your family comes in contact with everyday*" and that it will eliminate them on commonly touched hard and soft surfaces. Did you know that in order for it to do what it claims to do, to disinfect the item, you have to pre-clean the surface, and that the item you are killing the germs on has to stay wet for 3 minutes then be allowed to air dry? Did you know that if it is the Norovirus it has to stay wet for 10 minutes, then be allowed to air dry? Did you also know that no where on the website does it say it disinfects the air if you push the nozzle and spray it wildly around the room?
Lysol isn't the only product we misuse, there's clorox wipes, bleach, and a host of other products.
If we simply spray some on a cleaning rag then go around the house wiping door knobs have we killed the germs there?