This Common Household Cleaner Was Just Proven to Kill COVID, EPA Says
Disinfectant wipes aren't the only way to get rid of coronavirus on surfaces.
The coronavirus pandemic has put a new focus on cleaning around the house. Unfortunately, many of the most popular products and supplies continue to be scarce on store shelves and online as consumers stockpile their beloved disinfectants. But according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there's another common household cleaner that was just proven to kill COVID and could be added to your arsenal: Pine-Sol.
In a press release on Sept. 8, the Clorox Company announced that third-party laboratory testing had been approved by the EPA saying that the cleaning product was shown to be effective against the novel coronavirus with "10-minute contact time on hard non-porous surfaces," ABC News reports.
The agency emphasizes that label instructions should still be followed when using any of the approved disinfectants on their list. This includes observing sufficient "contact time," which is the amount of time the surface being cleaned should be visibly wet with the product.
"We hope this new Pine-Sol kill claim will increase access to disinfectants that can help prevent the spread of COVID-19," Chris Hyder, vice president and general manager of the cleaning division at the Clorox Company, said in the press release.
The pine-scented cleaning mainstay is the most recent addition to the EPA's "List N" of cleaning products that are approved to be effective against coronavirus. The supplemented items have begun to make it easier for customers to locate and buy disinfectants at a time when popular products such as Clorox Wipes are nowhere to be found.
But even if you can't find the high-powered cleaning products in the store you're looking for, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains that regular hand washing is still the most effective way to prevent contamination via touching surfaces. Still in a product pinch? Regular old soap and water are effective on hard surfaces, too. And for more guidance on cleaning amid the pandemic, try these 23 Cleaning Tips From the CDC You Need to Follow.