Incorrect use of disinfectants and health consequences

Incorrect use of disinfectants can lead to health problems.

When talking about the risk of incorrect use of disinfectants, it should be mentioned that there are three fundamental characteristics for this: the route of exposure, the type of substance and the amount of use. The harmful effects they cause, generally, on the respiratory tract, the eyes and on the superficial layer of the skin such as the hands, can produce symptoms such as burning and irritation of the skin, vomiting, conjunctivitis, pain and irritation in the throat, mouth and other signs of intoxication to which one should be attentive.

Mixing some cleaning products with others, as is often the case with the use of bleach, can have serious consequences and can cause asphyxiation, chest tightness and even death due to the unnecessary mixing of highly dangerous chemical components. Thus, it is very important to start having some considerations regarding this type of products and follow the recommendations stamped on the labels or seek the necessary information on the amount and proper use.

In order to give basic suggestions for the correct use of disinfectant products, what should users do?

  • As noted above, carefully read and follow label directions for use.
  • Use only room temperature water to dilute chemicals (unless otherwise indicated on the label).
  • Wear eye and skin protection.
  • Make sure adequate ventilation is available on site.
  • Store chemicals out of the reach of children.
  • Avoid mixing chemicals. Bleach should NEVER be mixed with other household cleaners.
  • Bleach can become a hazardous gas when mixed with other household cleaners such as ammonia.
  • Use hand sanitizer only when soap and water are not available.

Having said all this, Green Maids recommends using environmentally friendly products and/or products with a moderate chemical composition to avoid the harmful effects of these products.

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