You’re Using Disinfectants Wrong. Here’s What You Actually Need to Do.

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Reactions Science Videos | June 23, 2020

Sure, you’ve got a product that says “kills germs” under your sink, but will it really destroy the new coronavirus on surfaces? Turns out that  if you’re using a disinfectant like a regular cleaner, you might not actually be disinfecting at all. To make sure you’re destroying 99.9% of viruses and bacteria, doing these three things is critical.

CDC practical guidelines on how to clean/disinfect your home

The Law

How do we know the products on list N will kill SARS-CoV-2

EPA regulations

EPA summary

Sterilex interpretation of EPA guidelines


EPA List N

CDC influenza guidelines

Don’t mix household cleaners

C&EN how do we know disinfectants kill coronavirus

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