As the winter weather arrives, so too does the cold and flu season. Bacteria, harmful viruses and other microbes can be found everywhere. To prevent illness, the first and frontline defense is handwashing. Some of those germs cling to clothing and skin. That’s why disinfectants and household cleaners are used as an additional precaution against spreading illnesses.

To help prevent the spread of illness, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) has some simple habits to stay healthy:

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are touched often. It may be necessary to use more than one wipe to keep the surface wet for the stated length of contact time.
  • Routinely clean and disinfect.
  • Use products safely by following the “Directions for Use” on the product label.
  • Handle waste properly and wash your hands after using a disinfectant, even surface wipes.
  • Keep individuals and pets away from disinfectant products as they dry and wait until odor is eliminated.

Additional information about safe disinfectant use can be found here.