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Top 10 Disinfectants & Sanitizers: Which is Best For Coronavirus

Top 10 Disinfectants & Sanitizers: Which is Best For Coronavirus


In this comprehensive post, we'll go over;

The Top 10 Products used as a Disinfectant for Coronavirus.

You'll also learn;

  • Effectiveness of 10 cleaning products.
  • What the EPA has to say about these products.
  • How Viruses & Bacteria are spread.
  • The differences between Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting.

Our list compares products so you don't have to. See where your product of choice ranks on our list!

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Rock Environmental's Guide to Coronavirus Cleaning

At Rock Environmental, we are all too familiar with Coronavirus Cleaning and the effects it can have on your home or business. Rigorous cleaning schedules, dry chapped hands from cleaning solutions, and tired aching bodies.

There are many cleaning products on the market that people use both in their homes and business. Some are more common than others, and some might be considered “green” without using harsh chemicals. 

We have compiled a list of the Top 10 Disinfectants to use for Coronavirus, and which one is the best to use. Covering a variety of statistics ranging from efficacy against germs, sit-time, as well as cleaning methods. Check out our comprehensive list of products below.

Our Top 10 List of Disinfectants & Sanitizers

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# 10: O3 Waterworks Sanitizing Spray System 

Surface(s) - Can Sanitize Hard, non-porous surfaces and clean and deodorize soft surfaces (carpet, furniture).

Cleaning Requirements - Spray until thoroughly wet, let sit for 30 seconds, wipe clean (no need to rinse). If the surface is dirty or has heavy grease buildup, will need to soak, then wipe clean.

Disinfection Requirements - Spray until thoroughly wet, let sit for 30 seconds, wipe clean (no need to rinse). If the surface is dirty or has heavy grease buildup, will need to soak, then wipe clean.

Active Ingredients - Ozone and tap water.

Efficacy - Kills 99.9% of bacteria such as E. coli, Pseudomonas, Salmonella, Staphylococcus aureus.

COVID-19 - Does not have claims against the Coronavirus, not a disinfectant, only a sanitizer.

Notes - Safe for granite and marble countertops, can be used on food directly to sanitize and preserve the freshness of meat and produce.

# 9: Honest Disinfecting Spray 

Surface(s) - Hard, non-porous.

Cleaning Requirements - Spray until thoroughly wet, wipe clean (no need to rinse).

Disinfection Requirements - Spray until thoroughly wet, let sit for 10 minutes, wipe clean.

Active Ingredients - Hydrogen Peroxide.

Efficacy - Kills 99.9% of viruses such as Influenza A virus, H1N1 Virus, Rhinovirus, E. coli, Listeria, Pseudomonas, Salmonella, Staphylococcus aureus, MRSA, and Trichophyton mentagrophytes.

COVID-19 - Product meets criteria for ingredients effective against Coronavirus, does not have Emerging Viral Pathogen Claim or on the EPA’s List N Tool - Disinfectant for Coronavirus.

Warnings - Not recommended for use on unfinished wood, non-sealed tiles, carpet floor, brass, painted surfaces, or marble.

# 8: Clorox Disinfecting Bleach 

Surface(s) - Hard, non-porous. 

Cleaning Requirements - Bleach concentrate must first be diluted with water, to sanitize laundry ⅔ cup of bleach is added to the washing machine.

To sanitize surfaces and objects, make a diluted bleach solution of ⅔ cup of bleach to 1 gallon of water. Thoroughly wet surface or items, rinse to clean, then dry.

Disinfection Requirements - To deodorize and disinfect surfaces, make a diluted bleach solution of 1/2 cup of bleach to 1 gallon of water. Ensure the surface has been pre-washed, thoroughly wet surface using a mop or wipe, sit for at least 5 minutes, rinse to clean, then air dry.

Active Ingredients - Sodium Hypochlorite.

Efficacy - Kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses including Canine parvovirus, Feline parvovirus (both are harder to kill viruses than SARS-CoV-2), as well as COVID-19.

COVID-19 - The cleaner has been proven to kill a harder-to-kill pathogen than SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). An Emerging Viral Pathogen Claim has been made as well as the product being on the EPA’s List N Tool - Disinfectant for Coronavirus using EPA Registration Number 5813-111.

Notes - This product has strong fumes and should be only used in well-ventilated spaces. For prolonged use of the product, sturdy rubber gloves should be used. Should also not be used on soft surfaces as it can cause damage and discoloration.

# 7: Seventh Generation Multi-Surface Cleaner 

Surface(s) - Hard, non-porous.

Cleaning Requirements - Spray until thoroughly wet, wipe clean (no need to rinse). If the surface is dirty or has heavy grease buildup, will need to soak, then wipe clean.

Disinfection Requirements - Spray until thoroughly wet, let sit for 10 minutes and allow to air dry (no rinsing or wiping needed). The same process to deodorize the surface.

Active Ingredients - Thymol.

Efficacy - Kills 99.99% of viruses such as Influenza A virus, H1N1 virus, Rhinovirus, E. coli, Listeria, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella, Staphylococcus aureus.

COVID-19 - The cleaner has been proven to kill a harder-to-kill pathogen than SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). An Emerging Viral Pathogen Claim has been made as well as the product being on the EPA’s List N Tool - Disinfectant for Coronavirus using EPA Registration Number 84683-3.

Notes - There is no need for rinsing or wiping with this product, even on food contact surfaces.

# 6: Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner + Bleach

Surface(s) - Hard, non-porous.

Cleaning Requirements - Spray until thoroughly wet, rinse or wipe clean. If the surface is dirty or has heavy grease buildup, will need to soak, then wipe clean.

Disinfection Requirements - Spray until thoroughly wet, let sit for 30 seconds, rinse or wipe clean.

Active Ingredients - Sodium Hypochlorite.

Efficacy - Kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria.

COVID-19 - The cleaner has been proven to kill a harder-to-kill pathogen than SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). An Emerging Viral Pathogen Claim has been made as well as the product being on the EPA’s List N Tool - Disinfectant for Coronavirus using EPA Registration Number 5813-21.

Notes - This product has strong fumes and should be only used in well-ventilated spaces. For prolonged use of the product, sturdy rubber gloves should be used. Should also not be used on soft surfaces as it can cause damage and discoloration.

# 5: Lysol Disinfectant Spray

Surface(s) - Hard, non-porous and soft surfaces.

Cleaning Requirements - Pre-clean surface, spray aerosol 3-4 seconds until covered with mist, sit for 10 seconds, allow to air dry. To sanitize fabric, spray until damp, let sit for 30 seconds then air dry.

Disinfection Requirements - Pre-clean surface, spray aerosol 3-4 seconds until covered with mist, sit for 3 minutes, allow to air dry. To prevent mold and mildew, repeat weekly.

Active Ingredients - Quaternary ammonium; Ethanol (Ethyl alcohol).

Efficacy - Kills 99.9% of viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

COVID-19 - The cleaner has been proven to kill SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). An Emerging Viral Pathogen Claim has been made as well as the product being on the EPA’s List N Tool - Disinfectant for Coronavirus using EPA Registration Number 777-99.

# 4: Lysol Kitchen Pro-Antibacterial Cleaner

Surface(s) - Hard, non-porous and soft surfaces.

Cleaning Requirements - Spray dirty area, wipe clean with cloth or sponge, let air dry (no rinse required).

Disinfection Requirements - Pre-clean surface, spray surface until wet, sit for 30 seconds before wiping to sanitize. To disinfect, spray the surface and allow it to sit for 5 minutes, wipe clean. On food surfaces, should allow to sit for 10 minutes before wiping clean, then rinse.

Active Ingredients - Quaternary Ammonium.

Efficacy - Kills 99.9% of viruses including Salmonella and COVID-19.

COVID-19 - The cleaner has been proven to kill SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). An Emerging Viral Pathogen Claim has been made as well as the product being on the EPA’s List N Tool - Disinfectant for Coronavirus using EPA Registration Number 777-91.

Notes - Cuts through grease and grime with no chemical residue.

# 3: Clorox Disinfecting Wipes

Surface(s) - Hard, non-porous.

Cleaning Requirements - Use a pre-soaked wipe to clean the surface, allow it to air dry.

Disinfection Requirements - Be sure excess dirt and grime are cleaned, use wipes on the surface until wet, sit for 4 minutes, allow to air dry.

Active Ingredients - Sodium Hypochlorite.

Efficacy - Kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria including germs that can live on surfaces for 48 hours, Staph, E. Coli, Salmonella, and Strep.

COVID-19 - The cleaner has been proven to kill a harder-to-kill pathogen than SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). An Emerging Viral Pathogen Claim has been made as well as the product being on the EPA’s List N Tool - Disinfectant for Coronavirus using EPA Registration Number 11346-3.

Notes - Wipes are pre-soaked with a bleach-free solution.

# 2: Lysol Disinfecting Wipes

Surface(s) - Hard, non-porous.

Cleaning Requirements - Use a pre-soaked wipe to clean the surface, allow it to air dry. Thoroughly rinse surfaces used for food.

Disinfection Requirements - Be sure excess dirt and grime are cleaned, use enough wipes on the surface until wet, sit for 10 seconds to sanitize, or 4 minutes to disinfect, allow to air dry. To prevent mold and mildew growth, allow it to sit for 10 minutes, then air dry. Repeat weekly.

Active Ingredients - Quaternary Ammonium.

Efficacy - Kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria including 8 cold & flu viruses.

COVID-19 - The cleaner has been proven to kill SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). An Emerging Viral Pathogen Claim has been made as well as the product being on the EPA’s List N Tool - Disinfectant for Coronavirus using EPA Registration Number 777-114.

Notes - Can be used on electronics such as smartphones, tablets, and remotes. Stronger than regular paper towels

# 1: Binary Ionization Technology (BIT) Solution - SteraMist

Surface(s) - Hard, non-porous and soft surfaces.

Cleaning Requirements - Remove excess debris, otherwise no need for cleaning the area.

Disinfection Requirements - 5 second spray application time, allow to air dry. An entire room can be sprayed at once in under 45 minutes depending on the size.

Active Ingredients - Hydrogen peroxide.

Efficacy - Kills 99.9999% of viruses and bacteria such as Influenza A virus, H1N1 virus, Rhinovirus, E. coli, Listeria, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella, Staphylococcus aureus, and SARS-CoV-2.

COVID-19 - The cleaner has been proven to kill a harder-to-kill pathogen than SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). An Emerging Viral Pathogen Claim has been made as well as the product being on the EPA’s List N Tool - Disinfectant for Coronavirus using EPA Registration Number 90150-2.

Notes - SteraMist is a no-contact solution that is already premixed and ready to go. With professionals like Rock Environmental, we use the fog or mist-like solution to completely disinfect your entire space in under an hour. We have hand-held units as well as whole room units to make the process quicker. 

SteraMist, since it is a fog-like mist, can go around, under, and behind objects to ensure complete disinfection. No need to keep wiping down those high-touch areas, because our mist can do it for you, saving yourself hours of time and exposure to harsh chemicals. 

SteraMist is environmentally safe and you can go into the room within minutes of completed disinfection. One of the best parts about SteraMist is that there is no need to clean before OR after the disinfection process. The mist will be air-dried and leave no residue. All you are left with is a fresh scent of clean.

EPA Emerging Viral Pathogen Claim

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The Environmental Protection Agency was established in 1970 and has been protecting Americans by ensuring the protection of human health and the environment.

Making sure we have clean air, land, and water is their top mission. Another part of what they do is ensure that the products used are effective and safe to be used. 

Since the emergence of SARS-CoV-2, the Coronavirus that causes COVID-19, the EPA has maintained a list of cleaning and disinfection products effective against the Coronavirus.

The List N Disinfectants only include products that meet EPA's criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). The List N Tool is available to see if the products you are using have met the criteria set forth by the EPA.

How Viruses & Bacteria are Spread

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Since March 2020, we have all learned how germs and viruses can be transmitted. For disease control and prevention, we have been wearing masks to help reduce the spread of viruses and bacteria through droplets caused by a cough, sneeze, or simply speaking.

The droplets float through the air and can travel 6 feet or more depending on the conditions. The Centers for Disease Control also has a distancing policy we follow to stay at least 6 feet from others. 

Viruses and bacteria can also be transferred through touch. When droplets land on surfaces like counter-tops or tables, the bacterial spores can live for 24-hours or longer if the surface is not promptly disinfected.

When people touch a contaminated surface, the bacteria can be transferred from one person to another. This can be through a doorknob, gas-pump, item on a store shelf, a cell phone, remote controls, and much more.

The best way to reduce contamination through indirect touching is to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer if you are out and about.

Disposable gloves have been a hot topic for a while regarding their efficacy against Coronavirus (COVID-19). Wearing gloves is required in the food industry as well as most personal care places like salons. 

However, wearing disposable gloves to shop or when in public places, they may not be the most effective choice. Due to cross-contamination, you are likely better off using a hand sanitizer or washing your hands with soap and water.

Cleaning, Sanitizing, Disinfecting

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Learning to clean often starts at a young age, picking up your room, helping with chores, maybe even doing your laundry. One thing we don’t usually learn at a young age is the difference between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting.

It is possible that some still don’t fully know the difference between the three. Here is a comprehensive breakdown of each.

Cleaning

Looking at the official definition of cleaning, you will find it says to be “the act of clearing debris and deposits on a surface”.

Which means picking up things from the floor, not necessarily garbage but clothes, toys, and other things. 

In terms of cleaning in kitchens or bathrooms, you will be cleaning off food particles, grime, grease, soap scum, dirt, and other “dirty” things.

Cleaning can be done with regular soap and water, a damp paper towel or sponge, and sometimes just the side of a hand. Taking the cleaning up a notch will be the difference between sanitizing and disinfecting. 

Sanitizing

The process of sanitizing comes after cleaning. To effectively sanitize a surface or object, it must first be cleaned and clear of debris and grime.

The sanitation process reduces bacteria and germs that may be present to an acceptable level. Almost everything can be sanitized to make it sanitary. 

Lately, when we shop, the grocery carts have been cleaned and sanitized. If you have a pool, you will be familiar with the use of chlorine to sanitize the water.

Keeping a specific Ph level will kill bacteria like Salmonella, E. Coli, and bacteria that cause swimmer's ear. Most of us also have a hand sanitizer nearby for quick sanitation of our hands. 

Disinfecting

Chemicals are used during a disinfection process that will effectively kill germs and bacteria. Disinfecting doesn't clean a surface, but it does remove the germs that might be present.

The chemicals are used due to their effectiveness in inactivating and destroying microorganisms on surfaces.

At the end of the day, it is important to understand the difference between these three, especially when it comes to choosing a disinfectant for Coronavirus.

It is also important to know that you must first CLEAN, then you can decide on sanitizing or disinfecting. If you complete all three (cleaning, sanitizing, & disinfecting), you are good to go!

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