If Your Disinfectant Makes This Claim, You Should Get Rid of It

Not all disinfectants and sanitizers are what they claim to be when it comes to COVID.

One of the main weapons against the spread of COVID-19 has been good hand hygiene, with everyone being encouraged to frequently wash their hands for 20 seconds and sanitize high-touch surfaces whenever possible. However, not all products are doing the job they claim to do. Over the summer, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) reported that more than 200 kinds of hand sanitizer were found to be toxic, due to the fact that they tested positive for methanol (AKA wood alcohol), which can be life-threatening if ingested. And now, consumers in Utah are being warned that certain locally sold sanitizers and disinfectants may also not work against COVID as advertised. The main issue? How much residual protection these products claim to offer. Read on for the details on what to avoid when you next buy disinfectants, and for more on signs you could be sick, know that This Strange Symptom May Be the Earliest Sign You Have COVID.

The new warning comes from the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF), which is responsible for the regulatory oversight of all disinfectants and sanitizers (other than hand sanitizer and wipes) in the state. Since the start of the pandemic, with increasing numbers of people using these products, UDAF inspectors have been monitoring the claims made by brands about the efficacy of their products. In a statement, the department detailed how they "have found numerous improperly labeled or repackaged sanitizers, the improper use of sanitizers, and a number of fraudulent claims."

The department advises that in most cases, a product will require a "wet time" of up to 10 minutes after application, and will not be effective if wiped away sooner. "The fact is, painfully few disinfectants will last beyond the time they're wet," UDAF Pesticide Program Manager Henry Nahalewski said in a statement.

The safest advise is to ignore any claims made on packaging or advertising, and to instead check whether or not a product has been EPA-certified by looking for an EPA Registration Number. This is usually found on the back of a product's label close to the manufacturer's address. You can then check that number against the EPA's "List N," which includes all products certified as being effective against coronavirus. Read on for some of those products, and for more on what kills COVID, check out These 2 Everyday Items Can Kill COVID in 2 Minutes, New Study Says.

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Lysol disinfectant spray

One of the most recognizable items on the EPA's list of products that can kill COVID-19 is everyday Lysol disinfectant spray, which inactivates SARS-CoV-2 after two minutes of contact time. The classic Lysol product was added to the EPA's list in July when lab tests concluded that it was effective against the virus, as was Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist.


Pine-Sol Original Multi-Surface Cleaner

The Clorox Company announced in September that a third-party laboratory confirmed to the EPA that Pine-Sol was shown to be effective against the novel coronavirus with "10-minute contact time on hard non-porous surfaces," according to a statement. If you're using it to combat COVID, remember to let it sit for the full 10 minutes to make sure the Pine-Sol does its job.

Zep cleaners

Zep Antibacterial Disinfectant & Cleaner with Lemon

Three Zep disinfectants were found to inactivate COVID on surfaces in just one minute—Zep Antibacterial Disinfectant & Cleaner with Lemon, Zep Spirit II Ready-To-Use Detergent Disinfectant, and Zep All-Purpose Bathroom Disinfectant—according to the EPA's list of COVID killers. And for more regular updates on COVID and more, sign up for our daily newsletter.

Clorox Bleach


According to the EPA, the novel coronavirus is among the 99.9 percent of germs Clorox bleach can kill. In addition, the CDC says a diluted bleach solution—made up of ⅓ cup bleach per 1 gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per 1 quart of water—is an effective way to clean non-porous surfaces and combat the coronavirus. Just make sure to toss it at the end of the day because it will lose its potency. Also, remember to wear protective gloves when working with bleach and, though it should go without saying, don't drink it. And for places that are taking action as COVID surges again, check out These 13 States Are Starting to Lock Down Again.

John Quinn
John Quinn is a London-based writer and editor who specializes in lifestyle topics. Read more
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