Last weekend we stayed at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, our first hotel stay since March. I wrote about how we spent time cleaning the entire room with Lysol Spray.
Our reader Bill G. posted the following comment:
But Lysol All Purpose Cleaner is not one of the 2 Lysol products approved for COVID-19 disinfection.
I thought I knew something about which products to use and which ones weren’t very good. Looking for more information, I went to the Lysol website. As it turns out, there are only three Lysol products that have been tested by an independent third party and approved by the EPA to kill SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19, on hard, non-porous surfaces.
COVID-19 is also called the novel coronavirus. That means it’s new and there’s no research on whether products effectively kill the virus. However, we know what type of products are suspected to be effective in killing the virus on surfaces.
The EPA has a database of products, called “List-N” that have either been proven to be effective to kill COVID-19 or are expected to kill the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) when used according to the label directions.
The database is searchable by product name or by the EPA registration number.
The first product I searched was the Lysol spray I used in our room. Here’s the back label showing the proper usage as well as the EPA registration number.
This means that if the spray stays on a surface for two minutes, it is expected to kill COVID-19.
What about the store brand disinfectant wipes we purchased at Publix? This one specifically says that it’s good against Coronavirus.
While these wipes say they’re good against coronavirus, it takes 4 minutes of contact time to kill the virus.
The final example is a bottle of Clorox wipes we’ve been hoarding since the beginning of the year.
The Clorox wipes kill the coronavirus on surfaces in only 30 seconds.
As you can see, there’s a variance between how long disinfectants need to be on surfaces to make sure they will kill the virus. All this means is that once you clean the area, leave it wet until it can air dry. Under almost all circumstances, that will be sufficient.
Until today, I didn’t even know that disinfectant products had an EPA registration number on them. I was looking to see if a product said it was good to kill coronavirus. As it turns out, that’s not all that matters.
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