3. Not Following Specific Disinfectant Instructions
Think twice before ignoring the recommended directions for a disinfectant’s use. That’s another way you could render it ineffective and unsafe.
Pay close attention to the recommended quantity, dilution (if required), surface material, and contact time for each application.
It’s also important to follow the proper storage instructions for each disinfectant you keep on hand.
And if you’re trying a homemade disinfectant, go back to #5 in this list. You’ll need to learn about the ingredients and how they react together. Or replace that solution with a product with instructions you can trust.
2. Leaving Disinfectants in Compromised Containers
Oxidation is what happens when something combines with oxygen. You do not want your disinfectants to be altered by prolonged oxygen exposure, so keep the lids on tight and make sure their containers are in good shape.
You also don’t want disinfectants leaking through container cracks, or evaporating into your home (or car or shed). It’s alarming how quickly volatile chemicals can become airborne in the form of gasses and inhaled.
1. Overlooking Expiration Dates
Did you already guess this one? More of us should. Perhaps the most obvious way you could be secretly ruining your disinfectants is by using them past their expiration dates.
You might still destroy some germs with an expired disinfectant, but possibly not enough. Clean out your cabinets periodically and let those outdated disinfectants go.
Be sure to dispose of disinfectants properly as well. Many of these products can be considered household hazardous waste, requiring special handling for disposal. Check with the EPA and other reliable sources for best practices when discarding outdated or compromised disinfectants.Related: 10 Disinfectants That Kill Coronavirus Faster Than Lysol Wipes