As health scares dominate the news these days, you may go searching for products that claim to kill bacteria, viruses and other germs.  Not all disinfectants are effective against every type of bacteria or bugs.  We may think these products are keeping us healthy but the fact some disinfectants my actually be harmful to our health and the environment.

How to Choose the Right Disinfectant

To disinfect surfaces the CDC recommends a household Bleach or Alcohol solution, but to get rid of the virus from your hands soap and water is the best way.  When soap and water aren’t available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol may be used. See below the Do’s & Don’ts of using disinfectants.


Bleach is a cheap effective disinfectant. It kills some of the most dangerous bacteria. According to the CDC bleach should also work on the novel coronavirus and mixing the bleach solution with 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water, or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water, and following manufacturer’s instructions for application and ventilation. 

There are some dangers in using bleach.  It could irritate sensitive tissue in the eyes, skin, mouth and throat, but also contributing to long-term respiratory problems like asthma.  Bleach is also harmful to pets and should never be mixed with vinegar as it release a dangerous toxic chlorine gas.

Soap and Water

Regular soap and water clean germs away rather than killing them but is still an effective way to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, since it seems to spread primarily from person to person via respiratory droplets, which are often found on our hands and easily transferred to our faces.


Although ammonia may be a more environmentally friendly product, it is not registered as a disinfectant by the EPA. Ammonia might kill salmonella and E. coli, but it is not an effective defense against dangerous staphylococcus bacteria. Also, never mix Ammonia with bleach it can put out a very toxic gas that is harmful to your health.


Vinegar can be used as a safer bleach alternative for some applications, such as cleaning, and research has shown it can be effective against some bacteria and viruses, including the flu.  Vinegar is not a registered disinfectant, however, and does not kill dangerous bacteria like staphylococcus. Make sure you never mix vinegar with bleach it is very dangerous and harmful to your health.

The Professionals Can Help  

There are dozens of sprays, cleaners and wipes sold to clean and disinfectant various areas of the home and a lot of them meet the criteria on killing the SARS-CoV-2. Some products should remain on the surface for a period time to kill the virus so make sure to follow the recommended contact time.  Click Here for a Complete List recommended by the USEPA

Never combine products and never use them in any way other than as directed on the label. As with all products, our disinfectant and hygiene products should only be used as intended and in line with usage guidelines. Please read the label and safety information.

Swift Services…How Can we Help You?


If you’re not sure what types of products are best for your home or office call in the professionals.  Our Swift Services team is equipped with the proper PPE and has the knowledge and experience you can trust to kill all strains of Viruses.  Call today for more information (405) 887-9438,