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5 household disinfectants that can destroy coronavirus

You probably already have some of these household products at home. Money Talks News.

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Thorough cleaning with the correct disinfectants can help you avoid coronavirus infection.

Coronaviruses, including the currently circulating strain, are enveloped viruses, which means they have a protective coating. This makes them "one of the easiest types of viruses to kill with an appropriate disinfectant," says the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Below is a list of such disinfectants. Some are still hard to find in stores as coronavirus cases continue to rise, but others are more likely to be found in your home.

Just remember that you must use the correct disinfectant for it to be effective.

The EPA urges consumers to follow product instructions, especially with regard to how long disinfectant can be left on surfaces before wiping it off.

1. Soap and water

That's right: regular soap and water is not only the best way to wash your hands, but also an effective way to disinfect other surfaces.

According to Consumer Reports, the friction generated by washing with soap and water is enough to break the protective shell of the coronavirus. This means that you need to make some effort while you wash your hands or surfaces with soap.

“Scrub as if there is something sticky on the surface and you need to rinse it off,” advises Richard Sakhleben, chemist and member of the American Chemical Society.

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2. Bleach

Bleach is one of the products the CDC recommends for disinfecting home surfaces if there is a person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection in the home - provided the surface is not damaged by the bleach.

Bleach is effective against coronaviruses if it has not expired and is diluted with water using one of these ratios:

  • 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon (3,8 liters) water
  • 4 teaspoons of bleach per quart (liter) of water.

Note: never mix bleach with other cleaning agents! Remember that chemical reaction can produce hazardous gases.

3. Alcohol

The CDC also recommends using products with at least 70% alcohol.

Note that this is about the alcohol itself, not an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

The best way to clean your hands is to use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol (only if you cannot wash your hands with soap and water). But to disinfect surfaces, you need to use alcohol itself and a higher percentage - at least 70%.

4. Some Clorox products

The Environmental Protection Agency recently released a list of disinfectants, also known as List N, that are suitable for use against the coronavirus.

It is dominated by professional products like those used in the healthcare industry, but the list includes some products aimed at consumers:

  • Clorox Disinfecting Wipes;
  • Clorox Cleaner-Cleaner + Bleach.

These products may not be available in your local stores, and availability may fluctuate even in online stores. But if you follow the Clorox storefront on Amazon, you might be in luck.

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5. Some Lysol products

The list of approved and effective disinfectants for killing coronavirus also includes numerous consumer Lysol products, such as:

  • Lysol Disinfectant Spray;
  • Lysol Spray Max Cover Mist;
  • Lysol Multi-Surface Cleaner Pourable;
  • Lysol Multi-Purpose Cleaner with Hydrogen Peroxide;
  • Lysol Multi-Purpose Cleaner with Bleach;
  • Lysol Power Bathroom Cleaner;
  • Lysol Power Foam Bathroom Cleaner;
  • Lysol Power Toilet Bowl Cleaner;
  • Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach.

Again, keep an eye on the Lysol display on Amazon or call your local stores ahead of time to inquire about their stock.

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