What Cleaning Products Kill Coronavirus?

We're all wondering what it takes to kill this invisible foe our country - and the world - are fighting. The following cleaning products work to kill coronavirus and protect you from getting sick.

Do all natural cleaning products kill coronavirus?

Consumer Reports cites four cleaning products that are effective in fighting the coronavirus.

  • Bleach

  • Hydrogen peroxide

  • Isopropyl alcohol

  • Soap and water

Does bleach kill coronavirus?

Yes. Mix 1/3 cup bleach per 1 gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per 1 quart of water. Never mix bleach with any other substance. It is best to wash surfaces with soap and water before bleaching as many substances can deactivate bleach. So - wash with soap and water, then go back over the surfaces with your bleach solution. Be careful though, bleach can remove color from certain surfaces...

Does hydrogen peroxide kill coronavirus?

Experts rationalize that since hydrogen peroxide deactivates rhinovirus - a much sturdier virus - that it can deactivate coronavirus. The peroxide you have in your medicine cabinet will work to disinfect surfaces and can be used on metal and other surfaces. Pour it - undiluted - into a spray bottle, spray down the surface to be disinfected, and let it sit and dry. Do not wipe it off. Hydrogen peroxide can also cause discolorations - so do a test spot on porous surfaces before disinfecting the entire surface.

Does alcohol kill the coronavirus?

Yes. But you have to use isopropyl alcohol - not vodka or other spirits. Use 70% alcohol to disinfect surfaces. Spray or wipe it on and allow to dry for at least 30 seconds.

Does soap really kill coronavirus?

Yes! Experts recommend scrubbing surfaces with soap and water. The scrubbing action breaks down the protective layer on the coronavirus cells. Using antibacterial soap doesn't add any level of protection since coronavirus isn't a bacteria. But soap and water are effective! (Also, wash your hands at least five times a day.)

What cleaning products are NOT effective against coronavirus?

Unfortunately, no natural remedies have been proven to kill coronavirus.

Tea tree oil does not work.

Distilled white vinegar does not kill the virus.

If you want to stick with natural cleaning products, then look for the following ingredients - which aren't totally natural - before spending your money:

  • sodium methyl 2-sulfolaurate

  • caprylyl/capryl glucoside

  • decyl glucoside

  • lauryl glucoside

  • ammonium lauryl sulfate (ALS)

  • ammonium laureth sulfate (ALES)

  • sodium stearate

  • potassium cocoate

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