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How green are the disinfectants in your care home?

Care homes are being urged to check the sustainability claims of the surface disinfectants they purchase.

It is important disinfectants meet relevant EN-numbered disinfection standards relating to viruses, bacteria, yeasts and fungi to protect residents and staff.

“Cost and sustainability are important concerns,” said Donna Mitchell, UK and Ireland marketing manager at cleaning and hygiene solutions company Diversey. “Solutions should be prepared as concentrates and in reusable spray bottles and buckets.”

Donna Mitchell

In addition, she said adding water at the point of use rather than at the point of manufacturing means less product is required. This reduces packaging, transport, handling, storage and waste disposal costs.

“One container of concentrate can replace 70 or more ready-to-use spray bottles,” said Mitchell. “Packs that are made wholly or partially from recycled materials – and which themselves are recyclable – offer additional benefits.”

She urged care homes to use sustainability calculators.

Care Home Management’s latest Infection Control podcast will be out this week. For previous infection control podcasts with tips and advice click here.

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