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COVID-19: Safely Clean & Disinfect

With decades of experience testing the performance of safer cleaning chemicals, TURI offers guidance on how to reduce your risk to the coronavirus while also avoiding unnecessary exposure to toxic chemicals. 

Protect Health by Adhering to These Disinfecting Safety Measures 

To help prevent the spread of COVID-9, it is important to clean and disinfect hard surfaces such as countertops, faucet handles, doorknobs and anything else that is frequently touched. However, disinfectants that contain EPA-registered pesticides can cause health effects, including asthma (see TURI's fact sheet). Follow these safety guidelines (appropriate for both consumers and businesses).

Select Safer Disinfectants

TURI has identified disinfecting products on EPA's List N that contain safer active ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide*, alcohol (isopropyl alcohol or ethanol), citric acid, and lactic acid, among others. Avoid products that contain bleach, phenols or quaternary ammonium compounds (“quats”). Learn more.

Follow These Guidelines on How to Reopen Your Business

TURI continues to create guidance on cleaning and disinfecting to help businesses safely reopen during the coronavirus. Review specific information for manufacturers and small businesses, including materials from the May 28th TURI webinar on how to develop a plan for cleaning and disinfecting before reopening.