The cleanup process involves thorough washing and
disinfecting of the walls, floors, closets, shelves, and contents of the
house. In most cases, common household cleaning products and disinfectants
are used for this task.
FEMA also suggests the use of disinfectants and sanitizers
on the ductwork for the heating and air conditioning system, if it has been
Disinfectants and sanitizers contain toxic substances. The
ability of chemicals in other household products used for cleaning to cause
health effects varies greatly, from those with no known health effect to
those that are highly toxic.
Read and follow label instructions carefully, and provide
fresh air by opening windows and doors. If it is safe for you to use
electricity and the home is dry, use fans both during and after the use of
disinfecting, cleaning, and sanitizing products.
Be careful about mixing household cleaners and disinfectants
together. Check labels for cautions on this. Mixing certain types of
products can produce toxic fumes and result in injury and even death.