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General Disinfectants

General disinfectants are similar to cleaners (see All-Purpose Cleaners) with additional ingredients to kill bacteria and other unwanted organisms (see Restroom Disinfectants). Because disinfectants kill organisms, they are toxic by definition. Some are persistent in the environment and accumulate in living tissue. Care in the selection and use is important. The following are some of the specific issues to compare in this product category:

  • See Restroom Disinfectants for similar attributes.
  • Antimicrobial ingredients: Prefer antimicrobial ingredients that have a lower potential for persistence in the environment and accumulation in living tissue compared to those with a greater potential (check for DfE recognition2 ).
  • Preferable active ingredient: hydrogen peroxide.
  • If possible, avoid purchasing products containing sodium hypochlorite (chlorine bleach), quaternary ammonium compounds, and phenolic compounds.
  • Look for disinfectants in Toxicity Category IV (see Appendix E).

Non-chemical interventions, such as steam vapour devices, are also available to assist with sanitising or disinfecting. Floors, since they are seldom touched by hands, may not need to be disinfected if properly maintained. Cleaning in shower areas using water-only spray-and-vac type equipment that applies water under pressure, then vacuums off the solution have been demonstrated to effectively clean and sanitise both floor and above-floor surfaces by removal of soil and germs rather than by chemical intervention. Ionised or activated water devices have also shown effectiveness in sanitising surfaces without added chemicals. Check with your janitorial supplier for these and other options.

Other Cleaning Categories and further reading

A variety of cleaners are available in the market depending on the skills and expertise required. Some of the common types are listed below.

Further information about Cleaning:

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