The 2 Cleaning Products Proven to Kill Coronavirus on Surfaces

It might be time to stock up on these two products.

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Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, keeping our homes clean has become more important than ever. Most of us have been cleaning our homes religiously and trying to find the best products that kill coronavirus. So if you’ve been wondering what cleaning products you should be using, the EPA has an answer for you. While we’re at it, make sure you know the things you should be cleaning everyday.

What are the two EPA approved products?

cleaning productsvia, via target.comDo you happen to own a bottle of Lysol Disinfectant Spray or Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist? Then you’re in luck. The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced on July 6 that the two products met the criteria for use against the SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the ongoing pandemic.

“In the face of the pandemic, Lysol continues to work with a wide range of scientific and health experts to educate the public on the importance of hygiene,” Rahul Kadyan, executive vice president of Reckitt Benckiser in North America, Lysol’s parent company, told CNN.

How should you be using disinfectant products?

“EPA is committed to identifying new tools and providing accurate and up-to-date information to help the American public protect themselves and their families from the novel coronavirus,” EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a statement on the EPA website. “EPA’s review of products tested against this virus marks an important milestone in President Trump’s all of government approach to fighting the spread of COVID-19.”

While the EPA actually has a lengthy list of products that are strong enough to ward off “harder-to-kill” viruses, there have not been products that were directly tested against the coronavirus until now.

According to the EPA, to make sure you’re using disinfectants correctly you need to first make sure they are EPA-approved products. You should then read the product directions and contact time and make sure to pre-clean the surface you’re going to disinfect. The EPA also advises you wear gloves while handling disinfectants and to wash your hands after using them. Next, check out these other household products that can kill coronavirus.

For more on this developing situation, including how life might be different post-lockdown, see our comprehensive Coronavirus Guide.