When choosing a sanitizer, look for the following:
- A 0 rating on the Hazardous Materials Identification System (HMIS) health rating scale
- The signal word “Caution” (rather than “Danger” or “Warning”) on the product label
- EPA registration number (verifies that the product is registered by the EPA to kill the germs claimed on the label)
- Approval for food contact surfaces
- Short dwell time (the time the sanitizer must be left visibly wet on the surface and in contact with the germs to kill them). For example, 10 minutes would be considered a very long dwell time and would most likely require re-wetting for proper compliance with the label.