Here Are the Household Cleaners That Destroy the Coronavirus
Want to know what officially kills COVID-19? These are the household cleaning products to turn to.
With stores running low on classic cleaning products like Lysol wipes and hand sanitizers, people are seeking other products to keep their homes virus free. The good news is, there are a few trusted household cleaning solutions that you may have around that could do the trick—and if you don't have these items on hand, they're likely still in stock at the store. To help you out, we've compiled a list of effective household cleaners that work against the coronavirus to keep your homes clean and your families safe. And for more cleaning tips, check out 11 Things You Can Deep Clean Yourself and How to Do It.
Isopropyl alcohol is the main ingredient in hand sanitizers, so it's no surprise it's effective against the coronavirus on hard surfaces as well. If you decide to use this product to disinfect, the solution must have at least 70 percent alcohol, otherwise, it may be ineffective. Richard Sachleben, an organic chemist and a member of the American Chemical Society, told Consumer Reports that you should clean your surfaces with water and detergent before applying the isopropyl alcohol. Once you apply the alcohol solution, you should let it sit on the surface for at least 30 seconds to let it do its job.
That classic brown bottle under your bathroom sink that you use to clean out your cuts can work double duty by also disinfecting surfaces. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), three percent hydrogen peroxide is effective in deactivating the rhinovirus in six to eight minutes. Considering that the coronavirus is easier to destroy than rhinovirus, experts believe that hydrogen peroxide should be able to combat the coronavirus in even less time.
To use hydrogen peroxide to disinfect, simply transfer the product into a spray bottle and spray down your surfaces. Then let it sit for at least one minute. And for more cleaning tips amid the pandemic, check out How to Clean Your Car to Stop Coronavirus Spread, According to Experts.
Bleach is a powerful product, so if you decide to use it to disinfect, be sure to practice caution. To combat the coronavirus, the CDC recommends a diluted bleach solution made up of ⅓ cup bleach per 1 gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per 1 quart of water. The solution should be tossed after a day because the bleach will lose its potency. When working with bleach, you should always wear protective gloves.
The CDC warns users to never mix bleach with anything but water, especially ammonia. Sachleben told Consumer Reports that people should "always clean the surface with water and detergent first since many materials can react with bleach and deactivate it. Dry the surface, then apply the bleach solution, and let it sit for at least 10 minutes before wiping it off." And for tips on how to disinfect your phone, check out How Experts Say You Should Clean Your Phone to Stop Coronavirus Spread.
Soap and water
You've probably heard by now that good old fashioned soap and water is the best way to rid your hands of coronavirus, so why not use it to combat the virus throughout your home, too? According to Consumer Reports, the friction from scrubbing combined with soap and water breaks the coronavirus's protective envelope, but you have to scrub very hard to ensure you're doing a thorough job of disinfecting. Douse a towel in soap and water and get scrubbing. When you're finished, either throw the towel away or leave it in a bowl of soapy water.