Many shared objects and surfaces can carry dirt and germs. Washing and sanitizing these objects and surfaces can help reduce the spread of germs.
Here's how to clean and sanitize around your home or business:
- Wash with a detergent (like dish soap) and warm water.
- Rinse with clean warm water.
- Wipe, spray, or soak for 2 minutes with one of the sanitizers in the table below to kill germs.
- Air dry.
How to mix||Required sanitizer strength (concentration)|
|Chlorine (chlorine bleach)|
2 mL (½ teaspoon) household bleach per litre (4 cups) of water
30 mL (1 ounce or 2 tablespoons) household bleach per 15 litres (3.3 gallons) of water (or a sink half-filled with water).
|100 ppm (parts per million)|
|Quaternary ammonium |
Follow manufacturer’s instructions for mixing and using QUATS. Product must have a drug identification number (DIN) from Health Canada.
|200 ppm for surfaces that touch food|
Follow manufacturer’s instructions.
|12.5 to 25 ppm|
|Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide (AHP)|
Follow manufacturer’s instructions for mixing. Product must have a DIN from by Health Canada.
|0.5% AHP (with disinfectant claim)|
Call your public health inspector if you have questions.
To learn more, contact Alberta Health Services Environmental Public Health.