When it comes to disinfecting our homes or workplaces, we all want to use products that are effective against bacteria and viruses. Protection against germs is particularly important in ‘the new normal’ of COVID-19, where the health of our family or co-workers is more at risk than ever.
All cleaning chemicals that disinfect have the potential to be harmful to our bodies. We can reduce that harm by remembering to always read the label, follow the application instructions and wear PPE when required. While we should take the right precautions against germs and COVID-19, we mustn’t forget about our general health.
- 36% of respondents did not know that eye or respiratory protection was recommended for some disinfectants.
- 29% of respondents did not know that gloves were recommended when handling some disinfectants.
- One quarter reported at least one adverse health effect during the previous month as a result of disinfectants (such as nose or eye irritation, or lightheadedness).
How can disinfectants affect our bodies?
Exposure to disinfectants can trigger responses in asthma sufferers. According to a survey by Asthma Australia, 29% of respondents “reported that their asthma had been triggered by an increased use of cleaning products during COVID-19”.
Every cleaning chemical has its place, but remember to always read the label and carefully follow the instructions listed on any disinfecting product to minimise your risk of harm.
The disinfectant with no harsh chemicals
Diggers Viro Surface Cleaner is a hospital-grade disinfectant that’s both water-based and alcohol free. It uses an all-new formula that eliminates 99.99% of bacteria and viruses2 (including COVID-19) from surfaces.
Using technology that combines a proven heavy-duty cleaner with a powerful disinfectant, Viro Surface Cleaner removes dirt and grime to ensure a highly effective germ kill – even in dirty conditions.
Readily biodegradable and suitable for use in food areas, with no rinsing required, Viro Surface Cleaner is tough on germs. However, because it’s water-based and contains no harsh chemicals, you won’t need PPE (such as a mask and gloves) when using it.
Viro Surface Cleaner is the cleaner, sanitiser and disinfectant that makes your life simple.
1: This survey was conducted in the USA. Results may not apply in Australia.
2: Coronavirus (incl. SARS-CoV-2), vaccinia viruses