This common cleaning agent could protect you from COVID-19 in your home

A recent briefing from Fox Business proves the power of Clorox’s Pine-Sol Original Multi-Surface Cleaner (with the fresh lemon scent) is strong enough to disinfect hard, non porous surfaces in your home from the SARS-Cov-2 virus.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released an extensive list of pre-approved household sanitation products detailing the most effective agents you can use against this deadly virus.

Let’s take a closer look at the guidelines that must be met to approve these recent sanitation products that halt the spread of Covid-19.

What scientists discovered about Pine-Sol

Before scientists can approve a disinfectant strong enough to destabilize the SARS-Cov-2 virus the cleaning agents must go through a series of safety checkpoints. The EPA requires all cleaning products to meet the following guidelines in a recent report. All products listed must:

  • Demonstrate efficacy against SARS-CoV-2
  • Denote effectiveness against a pathogen that is harder to kill than SARS-CoV-2
  • Signify success against a different human coronavirus similar to SARS-CoV-2

An EPA administrator, Andrew Wheeler, elaborates on the EPA’s dedication to providing families all of the information they need to keep their homes safe from the scourge of Covid-19,

“Since day one, EPA’s priority has been to provide the public with easy access to the information they need to protect themselves and their families from the virus that causes COVID-19. Through our efforts to expand List N, we are ensuring that Americans have a broad set of approved products to clean and disinfect surfaces to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.”

An extensive list of these virus killing, pre-approved cleaning products, List N, can be found at this website

Why use Clorox Pinesol to clean surfaces?

Pine-Sol is on the EPA’s List N of pre-approved products to use against the virus. This product has already been approved as “tuberculocidal” What does that mean? According to a study written up in a release by the EPA back in July a tuberculocidal approved cleaning agent means,

“While they have not yet been tested against SARS-CoV-2, they are approved for killing the pathogen that causes tuberculosis and are expected to kill SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) when used according to the label.”

Since Pine-Sol is strong enough to take on Tuberculosis, a different human coronavirus similar to SARS-Cov-2, that means it checks off the third requirement for products that need to meet at least one of those three efficiency tests to qualify for List N approved disinfectants that are strong enough to kill the virus. The study adds,

“Many tuberculocidal products are potent disinfectants and have a long history of use for cleaning hospitals and other health care settings. When using such products, it is critical to follow the label directions, including the precautionary statements.”

How can you safely disinfect your home?

Roll up those sleeves and grease those elbows, here are some more guidelines to safely yet surely rid your home of the unwanted pest, Covid-19. With six easy steps you can have peace of mind knowing your home is safe and sound so let’s take a look:

  • Step One: check that your cleaning product is approved by the EPA for effectiveness! Not sure how? This site makes shopping for EPA approved cleaning supplies easy as pie here!
  • Step Two: Always read the directions for safety precautions to take when using said cleaning products
  • Step Three: pre-clean your surfaces in your home with mild soap and hot water
  • Step Four: follow directions for “contact time” the cleaning agent must be left on a clean wet surface for the proper length of time needed to destabilize the virus or it won’t be as effective!
  • Step Five: wear disposable gloves and wash your hands after throwing those out after cleaning your home!
  • Step Six: put away any caustic chemicals that can be dangerous if ingested by small children or pets

This entire list of safety protocols can be found in more detail here!

Chris Hyder, VP, and general manager of the cleaning division at Clorox hope this, “Pine-Sol kill claim will increase access to disinfectants that can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.” We hope so too, Chris. With schools, restaurants, and other small businesses reopening we must stay particularly vigilant in sanitizing our homes. Pick up Clorox’s Pine-Sol Original Multi-Surface Cleaner in stores or online today before it runs out faster than toilet paper did back in March!