Safer Disinfecting Products
Combat the Coronavirus and Protect Health by Using Products with Safer Active Ingredients
EPA’s List N provides information on disinfection products that meet EPA’s criteria for effectiveness against COVID-19. The director of the TURI Lab Jason Marshall performed a sample search on List N and identified a number of products that contain safer active ingredients.
In the list below, TURI eliminated combination products that are marketed for both cleaning and disinfection. In order to disinfect effectively, it is necessary to clean first. Always be sure to follow manufacturer’s directions for use.
The full list of safer active disinfectant ingredients identified by EPA’s Safer Choice program include hydrogen peroxide, alcohol (isopropyl alcohol or ethanol), citric acid, and lactic acid, among others. The products listed are safer for health and the environment than products that contain bleach, phenols or quaternary ammonium compounds (“quats”).
Products containing safer active ingredients
|Product||Manufacturer||Active Ingredient||EPA Registration #|
|CleanCide Wipes||Wexford Innovations||Citric Acid||34810-36|
|CleanCide||Wexford Innovations||Citric Acid||34810-35|
|Purell Professional Surface Disinfectant Wipes||GOJO Industries||Ethanol||84150-1|
|Lysol Neutra Air 2 in 1||Reckitt Benckiser||Ethanol||777-136|
|Oxivir 1 Wipes||Diversey Inc.||Hydrogen Peroxide||70627-80|
|Oxiver Plus Disinfectant Cleaner||Diversey Inc||Hydrogen Peroxide||70627-79|
|Oxivir TB||Diversey Inc||Hydrogen Peroxide||70627-56|
|Oxivir Wipes||Diversey Inc||Hydrogen Peroxide||70627-60|
|Vaprox 59 Hydrogen Peroxide Sterilant||Steris Life Sciences||Hydrogen Peroxide||58779-4|
|RMC Proxi Disinfectant||Rochester Midland||Hydrogen Peroxide||85837-4|
|Clorox Commercial Solutions Disinfecting Biostain & Odor Remover||Clorox Professional Products Company||Hydrogen Peroxide||67619-33|
|HP202||Bright Solutions||Hydrogen Peroxide||45745-11|
|BIT Solution||Tomi Environmental Solutions||Hydrogen Peroxide||90150-2|
|Force of Nature Activator Capsules||Healthier Innovations||Sodium Chloride, generates hypochlorous acid||93040-1|
|Klercide Sporicidal Active Chlorine||Ecolab Inc.||NaDCC, generates hypochlorous acid||1677-255|
TURI has identified products containing hypochlorous acid as safer than products that contain bleach. In tests conducted in TURI’s lab, hypochlorous acid generated from tablets generated less airborne chlorine than a bleach solution with a similar concentration of chlorine. According to the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC), chlorine can cause or exacerbate asthma.
The combination of hydrogen peroxide and peroxyacetic acid (peracetic acid) has caused the initial onset of asthma in some individuals while triggering asthma symptoms in others. Avoid products that contain the combination of these ingredients. Never mix cleaning chemicals.
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