We heard from many of you last week that you have a shortage of certain cleaning and disinfecting supplies. At the same time, there are also increasing reports of poisonings due to improper use of cleaning products. We want to address both of those concerns this week. Here are some dos and don’ts for how to safely clean and disinfect without using bleach or other common supplies that may be currently unavailable and do’s and don’ts to keep you safe when you do have them!

NO Disinfectants on hand? 
Do NOT Do This
Use dish soap and water on surfaces to reduce the amount of germsUse disposable materials to wipe surfacesFrequently wash cleaning towels and spongesWet your sponge or dishcloth and microwave it on high for two minutes to kill any germs (you must wet it for your safety) 

Use the same cloth or sponge without laundering or cleaningUse the same cloth or sponge for the kitchen and the bathroom
Using disinfectants or bleach? DO THISDo NOT Do This
Follow directions on the bottleHave good ventilation and use glovesRinse surfaces that are near food preparation areas after using disinfectants or bleachStore ALL disinfectants and bleach  out of reach of children and petsDo not mix cleaning products 
this can cause poisonous gases to formAvoid using DIY or homemade cleanersDo not store hand sanitizer where children can reach themDo not soak produce or food items in cleaning products

Detailed information about cleaning and disinfecting can be found here (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/disinfecting-your-home.html) and for questions about disinfecting products please call the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center (1-800-222-1222) or post your question to our Community Forum.

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