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With the coronavirus spreading it’s important to not only keep your hands clean, but also the surfaces in your home that are frequently touched. Luckily the EPA has compiled a list of disinfectants that have qualified under EPA’s emerging viral pathogen program for use against COVID-19, which is the name given to the novel coronavirus that is spreading throughout the world. There is also a very thorough list here from the American Chemistry Council.
I say “may” kill the coronavirus because the virus is so new that extensive testing has not been done on these products but the EPA has done extensive testing on similar and hard-to-kill viruses that these products qualify for the list.
And it is beneficial to note the difference between cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning is physically removing dirt and germs from surfaces, usually with soap and water. Disinfecting means cleaning with chemicals to kill germs.
As with any product, you should read the directions on the label. Some products require letting the product sit on the surface for several minutes or completely drying on the surface. Some of the products on the list are used in hospitals and therefore only sold in bulk. I’ve picked the products that are most readily available to the public without having to buy a 50 gallon drum of it (although if that’s what you want to do, go for it. Just please share with your neighbors).
This one is a no brainer. Clorox has always maintained that it can kill 99.9% of bacteria, viruses and germs that can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours. Straight bleach is on the list as well as the cleaners and wipes. You can make your own bleach solution using 1/3 cup of bleach to 1 gallon of water.
Another go-to for disinfecting, Lysol products tout the 99.9% kill rate and even list “human coronavirus” on the label as one of the pathogens it kills. Although the virus on the label does not refer to the new “novel” strain, Lysol has proven effective in similar strains and thus the EPA has added it to their list of effective disinfectants. Products on the list include Lysol Disinfectant Spray, Lysol Multi-Surface Cleaner, and Lysol Power Bathroom Cleaner (I think this is a bit smelly). They have a dedicated coronavirus information page here.
Ecolab Virasept Disinfectant Spray Cleaner
Virasept is a highly specialized, professional and commercial-grade hospital disinfectant cleaner engineered to attack and kill the most dangerous viruses and bacteria commonly found in healthcare settings, such as Cdiff, MRSA, VRE, etc. It is a little pricey, but a little may go a long way.
Diversey Virex II 256 Broad Spectrum Disinfectant
Another hospital grade disinfectant, Virex II is classified as broad spectrum, meaning it kills, viruses, bacteria and fungi. It comes in concentrate so one gallon really does go a long way.
Avert Sporicidal Disinfectant Cleaner
Avert is a bleach-based hospital grade disinfectant. Great for cleaning and disinfecting sinks, faucets, fixtures, bathrooms, restrooms, tubs, showers and more.
When cleaning with these products, please read the directions on the labels and never mix products as this can create toxic fumes. Also, it is recommended to where gloves when using chemicals and always be sure to keep out of reach of children and pets.
The CDC has put together a great Coronavirus page complete with cleaning and disinfecting instructions for the home to You can view it here.
Lastly, if you experience any symptoms of the coronavirus (which you can view here) please seek medical attention immediately.