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Safer Disinfectants: EPA Certified Disinfectants to be Used Against COVID-19

Is your disinfectant using safer ingredients AND approved by the U.S. EPA to fight COVID-19?

Here’s how to find out.

1. LOCATE the EPA registration number on the label.

2. GO TO EPA List N, click LAUNCH & search by the EPA reg number.

3. REVIEW your results, specifically the “Active Ingredient(s)”.

NOTE: In this example, the product’s active ingredient is quaternary ammonium (quats). QUATS are linked to respiratory and reproductive harm and more. Products with quats should be avoided.

For safer & effective alternatives, look for products with the following active ingredients: alcohol/ethanol/isopropanol, hydrogen peroxide, lactic acid, citric acid, or thymol.

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The majority of the popular disinfectants contain either quaternary ammonium chlorides (quats) or chlorine bleach. Both types of disinfectants are potent against a number of different bacteria and viruses. Unfortunately, they also have some significant drawbacks and health concerns ranging from chemical burns to reproductive harm.

However, there are alternative disinfectant chemicals that are as effective (or more) in killing viruses and other germs without these health hazards, such as:

  • alcohol/ethanol/isopropanol
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • lactic acid
  • citric acid
  • thymol

Several products containing these disinfectant ingredients have been approved for use against Coronavirus by the U.S. EPA. 

You can also find more information via the EPA List N Webtool; an app that enables people to quickly identify disinfectant products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against COVID-19 from your phone or computer. Search the List N by active ingredient (like hydrogen peroxide) to find safer options.

WVE has also done the work for you! Here is a list of the safer alternatives from the EPA’s “List N” — products approved for use against Coronavirus.

List of Safer Disinfectants - Approved by the EPA to use against Coronavirus

Product Name Active Ingredient(s) Company Contact Time (in minutes) Formulation Type
[RTU = ready-to-use]
Use Site EPA Registration Number*
LEXX™ Liquid Sanitizer and Cleaner Concentrate Citric acid ProNatural Brands LLC 10 Dilutable Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 91452-1
CleanCide Wipes Citric acid Wexford Labs Inc 5 Towelette Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 34810-36
Cleancide Citric acid Wexford Labs Inc 5 RTU Healthcare; Institutional 34810-35
Comet Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner Citric acid The Proctor & Gamble Company 10 RTU Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 3573-54
Lysol Bathroom Cleaner Citric acid Reckitt Benckiser LLC 5 RTU Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 675-55
SBT 2 to 1 Concentrate Citric acid; Thymol Melaleuca Inc 10 Dilutable Residential 66251-2
CW32A-RTU Dodecylbenzenesulfonic acid; Lactic acid Ecolab Inc 0.5 (30 seconds) RTU Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 1677-259
S&S Sanitizer Dodecylbenzenesulfonic acid; Lactic acid Ecolab Inc 0.5 (30 seconds) Dilutable Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 1677-260
Mitersaw Ethanol GOJO Industries Inc 5 Wipe Institutional; Residential 84150-2
Saginaw Ethanol Clorox Professional Products Company 5 RTU Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 67619-29
PURELL Professional Surface Disinfectant Wipes Ethanol GOJO Industries Inc 5 Wipe Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 84150-1
Urthpro Ethanol Urthtech LLC 1 RTU Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 84368-1
Lysol Neutra Air® 2 in 1 Ethanol Reckitt Benckiser 0.5 (30 seconds) RTU Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 777-136
EasyDECON Part 2 Hydrogen Peroxide EFT Holdings Inc 10 RTU Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 74436-2
Oxivir HC Disinfectant Cleaner Hydrogen peroxide Diversey Inc 1 RTU Healthcare; Institutional 70627-79
Oxivir™ HC Wipes Hydrogen peroxide Diversey Inc 1 RTU Healthcare; Institutional 70627-80
DS-6640 Hydrogen peroxide Lonza LLC 3 RTU Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 6836-385
DS6809 Hydrogen peroxide Lonza LLC 3 Wipe Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 6836-388
B-Cap™ 35 Antimicrobial Agent Hydrogen peroxide PeroxyChem LLC Consult user manual Vapor (use in conjunction with VHP generator) Institutional 72372-1
Angel Hydrogen peroxide Reckitt Benckiser LLC 10 RTU Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 777-126
D7 Part 2 Hydrogen peroxide Decon7 Systems LLC 10 Dilutable Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 89833-4
MDF-200 Part B Hydrogen peroxide Span-World LLC 10 Dilutable Healthcare; Institutional 91899-2
Vaprox Hydrogen Peroxide Sterilant Hydrogen peroxide Steris Corporation Consult user manual Vapor (use in conjunction with VHP generator) Institutional 58779-4
Proxi Home General Disinfectant Cleaner Spray Hydrogen peroxide Innovasource LLC 10 RTU Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 85837-4
HP2O2 Hydrogen peroxide Midlab 5 Dilutable Healthcare; Institutional 45745-11
Peroxy HDOX Hydrogen peroxide Earth Laboratories Inc 5 Dilutable Healthcare; Institutional 84198-1
Binary Ionization Technology (BIT) Solution Hydrogen peroxide Tomi Environmental Solutions Inc 15 Fog; Mist Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 90150-2
Oxy-1 Wipes Hydrogen peroxide Virox Technologies Inc 0.5 (30 seconds) Wipe Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 74559-10
Accel TB Hydrogen peroxide Virox Technologies Inc 1 RTU Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 74559-1
Oxy-1 RTU Hydrogen peroxide Virox Technologies Inc 0.5 (30 seconds) RTU Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 74559-9
Accel TB Wipes Hydrogen peroxide Virox Technologies Inc 1 Wipe Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 74559-3
Accel (Concentrate) Disinfectant Cleaner Hydrogen peroxide Virox Technologies Inc 5 Dilutable Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 74559-4
Peroxide Multi Surface Cleaner and Disinfectant Hydrogen peroxide Ecolab Inc 2 Dilutable Healthcare; Institutional 1677-238
Clorox Pet Solutions Advanced Formula Disinfecting Stain & Odor Remover Hydrogen peroxide The Clorox Company 5 RTU Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 5813-110
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant Hydrogen Peroxide Clorox Professional Products Company 1 RTU Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 67619-24
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes Hydrogen peroxide Clorox Professional Products Company 2 Wipe Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 67619-25
Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® Disinfecting Biostain & Odor Remover Hydrogen peroxide Clorox Professional Products Company 5 RTU Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 67619-33
Oxivir Tb Hydrogen peroxide Diversey Inc 1 RTU Healthcare; Institutional 70627-56
Oxy-Team™ Disinfectant Cleaner Hydrogen peroxide Diversey Inc 5 Dilutable Healthcare; Institutional 70627-58
Oxivir™ Wipes Hydrogen peroxide Diversey Inc 1 Wipe Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 70627-60
Oxivir 1 Hydrogen peroxide Diversey Inc 1 RTU Healthcare; Institutional 70627-74
Oxivir 1 Wipes Hydrogen peroxide Diversey Inc 1 Wipe Healthcare; Institutional 70627-77
Peroxide Disinfectant And Glass Cleaner Rtu Hydrogen peroxide Ecolab Inc 0.75 (45 seconds) RTU Healthcare; Institutional 1677-251
Sani-HyPerCide Germicidal Spray Hydrogen Peroxide Professional Disposables International Inc 1 RTU Healthcare; Institutional 9480-14
Phato 1:64 Disinfectant Cleaner Hydrogen peroxide Diversey Inc 5 Dilutable Healthcare; Institutional 70627-62
Suretouch Hydrogen peroxide Diversey Inc 5 RTU Healthcare; Institutional 70627-78
Oxy-res (Concentrate) Hydrogen peroxide Virox Technologies Inc 5 Dilutable Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 74559-6
Accel 5 RTU Hydrogen peroxide Virox Technologies Inc 5 RTU Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 74559-8
Nathan 2 Hydrogen peroxide S.C. Johnson Professional 5 RTU Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 89900-1
Klercide 70/30 IPA Isopropanol Ecolab Inc 5 RTU Healthcare; Institutional 1677-249
Windex Disinfectant Cleaner L-Lactic Acid S.C. Johnson & Son Inc 5 RTU Institutional; Residential 4822-593
Sani-Cide EX3 (10X) RTU L-Lactic Acid Celeste Industries Corp 10 RTU Institutional 42048-4
Fangio L-Lactic Acid S.C. Johnson & Son Inc 10 RTU Institutional; Residential 4822-606
Gurney L-Lactic acid S.C. Johnson & Son Inc 5 RTU Institutional; Residential 4822-608
WC Complete Lactic acid Combat Insect Control Systems 0.5 (30 seconds) RTU Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 64240-65
Benefect Botanical Daily Cleaner Disinfectant Spray Thymol Cleanwell LLC 10 RTU Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 84683-3
Benefect Botanical Daily Cleaner Disinfectant Towelette Thymol Cleanwell LLC 10 Wipe Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 84683-4
Thymox Disinfectant Spray Thymol Laboratorie M2 4 RTU Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 87742-1
Ready to Use Thymol Thymol Wexford Labs Inc 10 RTU Healthcare; Institutional; Residential 34810-25

*Note: There may be more than one product name associated with an EPA registration number. Every disinfectant product label will include its EPA registration number – if the number on your product matches one on this list, the product is certified by EPA to be effective against COVID-19.

WVE created this list by selecting products on EPA’s “List N” of products which are made with active ingredients that are safer alternatives. Full ingredient disclosure for cleaning products and disinfectants is still a work in progress by the cleaning product industry. This means that there could still be products on this list that also contain other chemicals of concern (ingredients other than the active disinfectant ingredient). We recommend always checking the website or label of any product for more information on ingredients.

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