The 350+ cleaning products that can fight coronavirus
Including some that you may not have thought of.
If you’ve been worried about sanitizing your home properly, you can breathe a little easier: the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a list of over 350 disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV2, the novel coronavirus also known as COVID-19. Of these, 140 meet the EPA’s criteria for use in the human coronavirus, while the rest work against “a harder-to-kill virus”, and the EPA expects it to be similarly effective.
At the time of writing, the PDF document containing the product list deemed strong enough to kill the virus was 39 pages long, and the EPA is inviting submissions for additional products. Note that the list of products is for use on surfaces, not humans, and people need to follow the instructions for safe use, including the contact time required on a surface for the product to work. Not all products are recommended for residential use.
The good news is that many products on the list are household names, including a number of Lysol, Clorox and Purell cleaning go-tos – but it also includes some less familiar ones such as Barbicide, which is traditionally used by hairdressers to sanitize tools in between customers. There is also a long list of lesser-known products – when in doubt, check against the EPA registration number on the site.
It’s also important to note that cleaning your surfaces alone may not be enough, as the information we have so far suggests that the virus is primarily spread from person to person. The best way to avoid getting ill is to avoid exposure, clean your hands often, and cover your mouth and nose with a face mask when around others, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
And if your local supermarket is out of stock, it may help to look online.