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Did you know disinfectants are considered pesticides? They target viruses and other germs like the COVID-19 virus. But not all disinfectants are the same. The following fact sheets, infographics, and web pages focus on disinfectant safety and correct use for controlling the COVID-19 virus on surfaces. For a list of disinfectant products, visit EPA's page List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2.

Understanding Antimicrobials

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Antimicrobial pesticides are designed to sanitize, disinfect, or sterilize surfaces.

Selecting Antimicrobials

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Sterilizers, disinfectants, and sanitizers help protect people from disease, but they're not all the same. Learn about important differences and how to select the right one.

Antimicrobials for Pathogens

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Blood and other body fluids have the potential to carry germs that can pose a public health threat. Learn more about antimicrobials for specific germs.


Using Disinfectants to Control COVID-19

Using Disinfectants to Control COVID-19 fact sheet

Guidance for the public and professionals using disinfectants to control the COVID-19 virus on surfaces.


What are antimicrobials?

What are antimicrobials fact sheet

This fact sheet explains what antimicrobials are, what they control, and how they are used.

Disinfectant safety during the COVID-19 pandemic

Disinfectant safety during the COVID-19 pandemic

Short questions and answers about disinfectant risks and safe use practices. Click here to view short video clips.


Disinfectant Wipes are Different

Disinfectant Wipes are Different infographic

An infographic about disinfectant wipes and how they are different from hand, baby, or other wipes.

Using Disinfectants and Wipes against COVID-19

Using Disinfectants to Control COVID-19 fact sheet

An infographic with tips for using disinfectants to control the COVID-19 virus.

Using Disinfectants and Wipes at Home and School

Using Disinfectants and Wipes at Home and School infographic

A poster highlighting types of antimicrobials and proper use of disinfectant wipes.

Daycare & School Poison Safety

Daycare & School Poison Safety

Children are especially sensitive to cleaning chemicals like antimicrobials. Learn more about precautions and proper use around kids.

Disinfectants in Schools

Disinfectants in Schools infographic

An infographic about the "do's" and "dont's" of disinfectant use in schools.

Using Bleach at Child Care Sites

Using Bleach at Child Care Sites infographic

An infographic with precautions and tips for using bleach in child care establishments.

Disinfectant Safety for Workers during COVID-19

Disinfectant Safety for Workers during COVID-19

Steps to reduce health risks if you work with or are around disinfectants at work in child care, health care, hospitality, the service industry, or a similar job.

Reducing Disinfectant Exposures in the Workplace

Reducing Disinfectant Exposures in the Workplace videoc

This in-depth video focuses on understanding the risks related to disinfectant use, and provides steps for how to protect yourself when applying disinfecting wipes and sprays. (length: 22:40)

Disinfectant safety during the COVID-19 pandemic

In this webinar NPIC addresses common misconceptions and questions about disinfectant safety.

Disinfectant Safety for Medical Professionals

This webinar for medical professionals addresses common misconceptions about disinfectant use, precautions to share with patients, and reporting requirements for providers.

 

If you have questions about this, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email at npic@ace.orst.edu.

Last updated July 20, 2022