It has been almost a year since we first started shutting down businesses and schools while we also started cleaning and wiping down everything from doorknobs to groceries to pens. In that time, US EPA, along with the cleaning products industry, has ramped up product testing to test directly against SARS-CoV-2 (the coronavirus that causes COVID-19).
While there are hundreds of products of products now listed on US EPA’s List N as effective against SARS-CoV-2, some have shown safer than others for human respiratory health. In particular, hydrogen peroxide-based cleaners have shown to be effective against viruses while not considered asthmagens, carcinogens, or skin sensitizers. These hydrogen peroxide-based products also have very few environmental warnings as they are not toxic to aquatic species.
Searching on the EPA List N Tool using hydrogen peroxide as the active ingredient yields 9 pages of products. Choosing one of these products is safer for indoor air and human health as well as safer for the environment. Regardless of the product you choose, make sure to check the safety data sheets (SDS) for all cleaning products as sometimes unhealthy ingredients may be added to the product formula. Also remember that all disinfectants are registered pesticides so it is important to use proper personal protective equipment (PPE) when disinfecting with these products. If you have questions, regarding cleaning products and processes, we have answers! Contact BEP today.