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We talked with the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) about disinfectant risks and safe use practices. Click on a video below to learn more about the topic.

FAQ Videos



Disinfectants, sanitizers and antiseptics...what's the difference between all three?


What's the proper way to disinfect a home? Should people wash their hands right after disinfecting?


How often is it necessary to disinfect "high touch" surfaces?


Why shouldn't you spray disinfectant into the air to fight airborne illnesses?


Why is it important to avoid mixing disinfectants and household chemicals?


A website or a friend recommended a new recipe for disinfecting. What are the risks if I try DIY?


Should people put bleach in their soapy dish water?


What's the right way to go about sanitizing and disinfecting before and after preparing food?


What are some general tips that parents, caregivers, and teachers can use while disinfecting?


What if a baby or toddler licks disinfectants or hand sanitizer from their hands?


Can kids help with cleaning and disinfecting a home or classroom?

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Last updated November 02, 2021

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