What are the best disinfectants for reducing the spread of Covid-19? It’s an important question to ask. While current research shows that most Covid-19 transmission happens through respiratory droplets via close contact, that doesn’t mean that surface cleaning and disinfecting aren’t still important. But in order to make sure your efforts have an impact, you need to know which antibacterial cleaners to choose.
General surface cleaning guidelines
The CDC recommends regular cleaning and disinfecting of high touch surfaces, such as doorknobs, handles, light switches, and tables. Estimates vary on how long the virus that causes COVID-19 can survive on different surfaces, but routine disinfecting should kill any virus on surfaces. No matter which powerful disinfectant you use, first clean any soiled surface with soap or detergent and water, then follow the label instructions on your disinfectant. Be aware that different antibacterial cleaners and disinfectants will require different contact times. The contact time is the amount of time it takes the powerful disinfectant to kill everything. You may need to leave your disinfectant on the surface for up to ten minutes.
Different types of disinfectants
You may feel the urge to reach for the most high-powered cleaner or the very best disinfectant. Do name brands make a difference, or are generic cleaners just as effective? Are DIY solutions an option? The EPA offers a list of disinfectants approved for use against Covid-19. The list is searchable so you can easily check for your preferred cleaning products.
Popular brand name disinfectants
Both Clorox and Lysol offer disinfectants in spray and wipe form that will work against Covid-19, so if you’re looking for a trusted name brand antibacterial cleaner, look no further. Some of these products include bleach and some do not.
Ingredients that get the job done
If you don’t want to sort through the entire EPA list for the best disinfectant, or you’re picking up a store brand cleaner, it’s useful to know which ingredients to look for. In general, hydrogen peroxide, ethanol, bleach, and quaternary ammonium tend to be the active ingredients in most powerful disinfectants.
Many homeowners might wonder if more environmentally friendly cleaners are effective against Covid-19. There are very few “green” products on the EPA list, mainly because most of them haven’t been tested. That means that there’s no guarantee that they’ll work. Most experts recommend using green cleaners for regular cleaning, but not in place of disinfectants.
A solution of 4 teaspoons bleach to one quart of water will kill the Covid-19 virus. You can keep the mixture for up to 24 hours. Don’t mix it with any other cleaners, especially those containing ammonia. When using, follow instructions on the bleach container. Rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide can also be used to disinfect surfaces as needed.
Industrial strength antibacterial cleaners
If you’re looking for something more heavy-duty than household cleaners, especially if you own a business, Rogers Home Improvement has got you covered. We offer trusted bioremediation and sanitation services, so you can stop thinking about cleaners and disinfectants and move on with your life.