5 Disinfectants That Kill Coronavirus in 30 Seconds or Less

Want to make sure you're disinfecting your home of COVID-19 ASAP? These are the products to use.

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So many of us have relied on brands like Lysol and Clorox to keep our homes germ-free. And while these products also do the trick when it comes to destroying coronavirus, have you ever wondered if your trusty disinfectants are doing the best job possible? Most products, Lysol and Clorox included, require you to leave the surface or object being disinfected untouched for anywhere from a few minutes to 10 minutes after application. But wouldn't faster-acting disinfectants be better?

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has listed all the products that meet their criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The EPA's data also includes how long it takes for each product to kill the virus. In accordance with their findings, we have compiled a list of the disinfectants that can kill coronavirus in 30 seconds or less. Get ready to get cleaner faster than ever! And to learn which surfaces require the most frequent disinfection, check out How Long Coronavirus Lives on Everything You Touch Every Day.

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DiscCide Ultra Disinfecting Towelettes

Discide Ultra Disinfecting Towelettes
DisCide via Henry Schein

With two active ingredients—quaternary ammonium and isopropanol—DisCide Ultra Disinfecting Towelettes should be your go-to for wiping down surfaces over Lysol wipes. The latter, which only contains quaternary ammonium, takes 10 minutes to kill germs, 20 times longer than the DisCide towelettes.

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DisCide Ultra Disinfecting Spray

Discide Ultra Disinfecting Spray
DisCide via Patterson Dental

DisCide Ultra Disinfecting Spray has the same virus-fighting ingredients as DisCide's towelettes, so this spray packs the same powerful punch. Having the spray in addition to the towelettes at home gives you some versatility when disinfecting various surfaces. And to learn how you're accidentally contaminating your home, check out 11 Ways You're Spreading Germs All Over Your Home Without Realizing It.

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Mold Armor Rapid Clean Remediation

Mold Armor
Mold Armor via Menards

Although this product was created with the purpose of killing, cleaning, and preventing mold, it also has the amazing ability to rapidly destroy coronavirus, thanks to the sodium hypochlorite and sodium carbonate on its ingredient list. Consider this product your one-stop-shop since it has the power to disinfect, sanitize, and banish fungus, mildew, mold, and viruses all at once!

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Formula 409

Formula 409
Clorox

Formula 409 can easily cut through grease, and it can also kill coronavirus in a flash. You may already have this super versatile multi-surface cleaner at home, but you probably didn't know that it can kill coronavirus in just 30 seconds. And to learn what household items you should sanitize daily with Formula 409, check out 18 Things You Should Sanitize Every Day But Aren't.

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Lysol Neutra Air® 2 in 1

Lysol Neutra Air® 2 in 1
Lysol via Walmart

This two-in-one product can kill coronavirus while also eliminating odors. Lysol Neutra Air® 2 in 1 can disinfect the air and soft surfaces, leaving your home coronavirus-free and smelling great. The ethanol in this spray is the secret weapon  that helps it kill coronavirus in 30 seconds. And to learn about daily precautions that will help keep you safe, check out 13 Safety Precautions You Should Take Every Day to Prevent Coronavirus.

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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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