EPA Approves Pine-Sol As Effective Disinfectant Against Coronavirus

Lizzy Buczak
September 20, 2020 - 9:00 am

    Pine-Sol is about to be in higher demand than Clorox wipes.

    The household cleaner has officially been added to the list of effective products to combat the spread of coronavirus.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave its seal of approval stating that the product kills against “SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, on hard non-porous surfaces,” per the Clorox Company’s press release.

    ABC News noted that only the Original Scent Multi-Surface Cleaner is EPA approved for COVID-19, while the Lemon-Fresh scented product has not been approved.

    Scientists discovered the multi-purpose cleaner proved to be effective against the virus with a “10-minute contact time on hard, non-porous surfaces,” Clorox said.

    Chris Hyder, vice president and general manager of the cleaning division at The Clorox Company said that he hopes this will "increase access to disinfectants that can help prevent the spread of COVID-19."

    According to the press release, one major way to prevent the spread is to “disinfect commonly used surfaces throughout your home.” It should be applied with a clean sponge or cloth to hard, nonporous surfaces and should remain wet for at least 10 minutes before rinsing.

    The EPA has directed people to “follow disinfection directions” on the labels for other viruses in order “to kill SARS-CoV-2.”

    Pine-Sol joins a list of more than 500 disinfecting products that meet the agency’s criteria “for use against SARS-CoV-2.” In addition to Clorox, cleaning agents such as Arm & Hammer, Comet, Fantastik, and Lysol are all approved in the fight against COVID.

    Fox notes that the EPA is working to combat “imposter disinfectant products" that have "potentially dangerous claims of protection against the novel coronavirus."

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