Two Lysol products have officially been approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be effective against the virus that caused the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are actually more than 420 disinfectants that EPA deems strong enough to fend off “harder-to-kill” viruses other than the novel coronavirus. But at this moment, only two Lysol products have undergone tests that pit it directly against the virus and have come out successful.
Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist have fulfilled the EPA’s criteria in fighting off SARS-CoV-2. These is based on laboratory tests that concluded that both products were able to kill the virus just two minutes after contact.
Rahul Kadyan, executive vice president of Lysol’s parent company, Reckitt Benckiser, in North America, said in a statement, “In the face of the pandemic, Lysol continues to work with a wide range of scientific and health experts to educate the public on the importance of hygiene.”
It’s important to note that the effectiveness of these Lysol products were tested against hard, non-porous surfaces, which means these would make for good product choices when cleaning and disinfecting around the house.
A CDC survey conducted last month found that a number of people had begun to clean more frequently due to the pandemic but only half were able to clean safely. Participants of the survey mentioned the use of high-risk cleaning practices to curb the spreading of Covid-19 which more likely resulted in health complications.
CDC recommends reading and understanding the instructions on cleaning products, wearing gloves or protective gear, and not to mix chemicals for cleaning.