The saying “more isn’t always better” is true in the case of detergents and disinfectants. Cleaning solutions are not all the same. They have different purposes and require different application techniques. Failure to follow the exact manufacturers’ instructions not only potentially reduces the efficacy of the solution, but it also may be harmful.
It is usually understood that mixing chemicals is never appropriate. However, if we are honest, I suspect some reading this post might agree that at times “more” of a chemical might be added here or there, if something looks particularly dirty or feels unusually greasy. Beware of this practice, as it is potentially unsafe for you and/or the patients you support.
Here are just a couple of reasons why this practice is not acceptable:
- Using more, less, adding another chemical or practicing anything outside of the specific manufacturer’s instructions results in using a product “off-label”, which is not allowed.
- Adding more might cause a chemical film to remain on the products it intended to clean. Subsequently, this risks exposure of the chemical to staff or patients.
- Adding an additional amount of chemical might have a negative effect on your devices, which could be costly.
Manufacturer’s instructions are there for a reason. Most importantly, the chemical was validated under the parameters it is being sold to be public. We must follow the instructions for this reason, alone. The result will be better results with its use and it will help to maintain a safe workplace environment!