Your Favorite Disinfectants, Ranked by How Quickly They Kill Coronavirus

These popular products can kill coronavirus in anywhere from 30 seconds to 10 minutes. How does yours rank?

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With the elusive coronavirus lurking, people have turned to reliable disinfectant brands to help them fight the spread of COVID-19. However, not all disinfectants are created equal. In fact, some wipes and sprays kill the coronavirus in under a minute, while others take at least 10 minutes to do the job.

We've consulted the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) list of disinfectants that work against COVID-19 to help rank your favorite disinfectants by how quickly they eliminate the virus. It's time to find out how yours stacks up! And to learn which surfaces in your home need the most disinfecting, check out These Are the Dirtiest Areas in Your Home You Need to Disinfect.

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Lysol Deodorizing Disinfectant Cleaner: 10 minutes

Lysol Brand Deodorizing Disinfectant Cleaner
Amazon

Although this disinfectant takes the longest to eliminate the coronavirus—it needs to sit for 10 minutes before being wiped up—it still does the trick if you have patience. Lysol Deodorizing Disinfectant Cleaner is perfect for killing the coronavirus on cabinets, tile, and toilets, while also deodorizing in the process. And for tips on keeping your home COVID-19 free, check out 15 Expert Tips for Disinfecting Your House for Coronavirus

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Clorox Disinfecting Bleach with Cloromax: 5 minutes

Clorox Regular Bleach with CLOROMAX
Clorox

Clorox bleach is tried-and-true staple, but Clorox Disinfecting Bleach with Cloromax is better than the original. This product is specifically formulated to disinfect and brighten surfaces in five minutes. While the coronavirus pandemic persists, swap out your classic Clorox for a bottle with Cloromax for fast-acting COVID-19 killing. And for coronavirus killers that are specifically formulated to clean toilets, showers, and sinks, check out 7 Bathroom Disinfectants Proven to Kill Coronavirus.

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Sani-Cloth Disinfecting Multi-Surface Wipes: 3 minutes

Sani Professional Disinfecting Multi-Surface Wipes
Sani Professional

In just three minutes, the surfaces in your home could be coronavirus free when using Sani-Cloth Disinfecting Multi-Surface Wipes. This product does not include any alcohol or bleach. Instead, the wipes contain quaternary ammonium chloride to fight the coronavirus.

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Lysol Kitchen Pro Antibacterial Cleaner: 2 minutes

Lysol Antibacterial Pro Cleaner
Lysol

Lysol Kitchen Pro Antibacterial Cleaner is formulated to cut through stubborn grease without the strong chemical smell that usually accompanies disinfectants. This product works best in your kitchen to help protect your family from germs—including the coronavirus—in just two minutes.

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Lysol Brand All Purpose Cleaner: 2 minutes

Lysol Brand All Purpose Cleaner
Lysol

This popular product is probably already taking up real estate in your cleaning supply cabinet. With a lemony scent and the ability to kill the coronavirus in two minutes, it ties with its kitchen counterpart for the runner-up slot. You'll want this powerful product on your side when fighting the spread of COVID-19 within your home. And for the spot that needs the most disinfecting? Check out This Is the Room in Your Home Where Coronavirus Lurks the Longest.

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Mold Armor Rapid Clean Remediation: 30 seconds

Mold Armor
Mold Armor via Menards

The final three products on this list kill coronavirus in just 30 seconds, tying for first place. First up is Mold Armor Rapid Clean Remediation, which was designed to kill, clean, and prevent mold, but it also takes down the coronavirus in the process. It destroys coronavirus in 30 seconds or less while also disinfecting, sanitizing, and banishing fungus, mildew, mold, and viruses.

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Lysol Neutra Air 2 in 1: 30 seconds

Lysol Neutra Air® 2 in 1
Lysol via Walmart

If you're looking for a product that kills coronavirus without the harsh chemical smells, Lysol Neutra Air 2 in 1 is the perfect product. Like Mold Armor Rapid Clean Remediation, this ethanol-based spray destroys the coronavirus in 30 seconds—but it has the added benefit of deodorizing the air. Unlike many other disinfectants, this spray works great on soft surfaces, too. And for a long lasting disinfectant, check out This One Disinfectant Can Keep Surfaces Coronavirus-Free for Weeks.

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Formula 409: 30 seconds

Formula 409
Clorox

Formula 409 is tough on both grease and the coronavirus. This household multi-surface cleaner crushes coronavirus particles in just 30 seconds, making it a top contender in stopping the spread of COVID-19. If you don't already have this handy spray at home, be sure to grab it the next time you see it in the store.

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Allie Hogan
Allie Hogan is a Brooklyn based writer currently working on her first novel. Read more
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