How To Kill All Germs And Make Your Home Coronavirus Free According To Cleaning Experts

It’s nothing new to kill germs on household surfaces since we most probably are doing it regularly when you routinely clean the bathroom, kitchen, or bedroom. But, ever since the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), people have now begun to prioritize keeping household surfaces like faucet handles, remote controls, and even phones germ-free.

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However, you still need to realize that not every cleaning product which claims to disinfect are equally effective on all types of germs. Many types of bacteria and viruses exist which not every product can kill.

1What products can be used to kill the coronavirus?

A list of products have been compiled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which have proven to be effective on similar harder-to-kill viruses like the rhinovirus which is responsible for causing the common cold. While it is yet to be tested on the brand-new version of the virus that causes COVID-19, they expect it to work on the coronavirus as well. A variety of different ingredients and formulations are used in these products but you need to use them exactly as per the label directs. Some of the products include:

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  • Microban 24 Hour Multi-Purpose Cleaner
  • Lysol Disinfectant Spray
  • Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
  • Lysol Multi-Purpose Cleaner with Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner + Bleach
  • Purell Multi-Surface Disinfectant Spray
  • Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner + Bleach

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2How you can use cleaning products to kill the coronavirus

Read the label of any sanitizing or disinfecting product carefully to see what strains of bacteria and viruses it kills and make sure it is registered with the EPA before you use them. You can usually find the EPA registration number on the bottom of the front or back label along with the bacteria and viruses against which the product is effective.

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For any cleaner that claims to kill germs an EPA registration is required in accordance with the law. When we evaluate sanitizing and disinfecting products we often rely on the Good Housekeeping Cleaning Lab as it assures you that if you follow the directions the product will be effective.

However, there is a big difference between sanitizing and disinfecting. While sanitizing reduces the risk of illness by killing 99.9% of germs it usually does so in a matter of seconds- around 30-60 seconds at the most. Disinfecting kills 99.999% of germs, but it takes longer- sometimes up to 10 minutes depending on the product.

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3Don’t forget to check labels for active time

For how long should you keep hard and non-porous surfaces wet to kill germs effectively check the label. You will be required to apply the product multiple times in some case because the liquid tend to evaporate.

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Do keep in mind one very important fact that no matter how effective a product claims itself to be, it can never adequately sanitize or disinfect a dirty surface. If you want to extra precautions then clean every surface with plain soap water before disinfecting or sanitizing it.

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