EPA says these 2 Lysol surface disinfectants kill SARS-CoV-2


More than 420 products are on the EPA's list of products that meet its criteria for use against COVID-19, known as List N. It includes some Clorox products and products from other major cleaning brands as well as many bleach products.

UK-based Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc (RB.L) said on Tuesday that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved use of its Lysol Disinfectant Spray against novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The release explains that laboratory testing shows both surface disinfectant products effectively kill the pathogen SARS-CoV-2.

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The EPA action on the Lysol products "has authorized these products to claim on labels and in advertising that they are effective against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, when used according to the label directions", an EPA spokesperson said Tuesday in an e-mail.

"Lysol is now testing the efficacy of other disinfectant products in the brand portfolio", Ferran Rousaud, marketing director for Lysol, said in a statement. "In the face of the pandemic, Lysol continues to work with a wide range of scientific and health experts to educate the public on the importance of hygiene", Rahul Kadyan, executive vice president of hygiene for Reckitt Benckiser, Lysol's parent company, said in a statement. A survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that some Americans are using household cleaners incorrectly, and this can be unsafe.

Only 35 percent of respondents said bleach shouldn't be mixed with vinegar, with 58 percent agreeing that bleach shouldn't be mixed with ammonia. "The EPA's approval recognizes that using Lysol Disinfectant Spray can help to prevent the spread of CO*****9 on hard, non-porous surfaces". Labeling on more than 400 disinfectants and on Clorox bottles make claims about non-specific coronaviruses.