Thanksgiving cleanup: How to kill coronavirus in the kitchen
As Oklahomans set the table for Thanksgiving this week, or clean up after a feast, here are the items that are approved, or at least advertised, to kill that still-lurking coronavirus around the house.
Lysol was the first surface disinfectant approved by the Environmental Protection Agency to wipe out the coronavirus, the agency announced.
But disinfecting cleaners can be hard to find these days. If your local store is sold out of Lysol, there are more cleaning products to choose from.
The EPA released a lengthy list of household cleaners earlier this year that were expected to be effective against coronavirus because they had been tested and proven to work against similar viruses.
The list includes products like Clorox disinfecting wipes and spray, and Microban 24 products.
The EPA's lengthy list of products that have tested as effective against the coronavirus can be found at EPA.gov. Enter "List N" in the search field to see hundreds of items that have passed the government agency's tests.
To simplify matters, here are products from three major brands that have tested effective:
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Two versions of the common household disinfectant spray that were lab tested by the EPA showed they could kill the virus on surfaces, the agency said.
Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist can kill the virus in under two minutes, the agency found.
"The EPA's approval recognizes that using Lysol Disinfectant Spray can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on hard, non-porous surfaces," said Rahul Kadyan, executive vice president of hygiene for Lysol's parent company Reckitt Benckiser in a statement.
Procter & Gamble launched a new line of antibacterial cleaners, called Microban 24, earlier this year.
The cleaner line boasts of 24-hour protection of surfaces after use. The company said the product "provides a protective shield that keeps killing bacteria for a full 24 hours, even when the surface is touched or contacted multiple times."
After the product is applied, it continues to release small amounts of bacteria-fighting ingredients over time.
"(The cleaners) have demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to COVID-19 on hard non-porous surfaces. Therefore, Microban 24 Hour Multipurpose Cleaner and Microban 24 Hour Bathroom Cleaner can be used against COVID-19 when used as a disinfectant," P&G spokeswoman Mandy Ciccarella told the Cincinnati Enquirer earlier this year.
Clorox's CEO Benno Dorer said demand surged to 500% for some of the company's products starting in February. Shoppers can see by often empty shelves at the store that the demand remains high months later.
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes are EPA registered to kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria that cause cold and flu including the human coronavirus, the company said. EPA's List N confirms that the wipes are effective against the COVID-19 strain.
Clorox products also on the approved list include clean-up cleaner with bleach, disinfecting bleach, bleach foamer and bathroom cleaner.