Developing the Safer Disinfectants Website
It’s been a pleasure to develop the Safer Disinfectants website.
I’ve been a longtime supporter of the Maryland Pesticide Education Network, but for many years, I didn’t engage in the day-to-day work of the organization. Small-staffed, and additionally fueled by a dedicated group of volunteers, MPEN sent many an email inviting participation. I finally rose to the occasion this year. In a Zoom meeting, longtime staff-member Bonnie Raindrop explained that the EPA-approved list of disinfectants that work against the pandemic virus includes many ingredients that are harmful for human health. She shared a document that offered a number of steps to determine which disinfectants we should choose and which to avoid. I wondered: can I make a searchable, filterable online list, that automatically updates each time EPA does an update to their “List N”?
I found a number of tools to enable that goal.