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Effective and Safer Household Disinfecting Products

List of 16 products vetted by the Environmental Working Group (March 2020): Products that contain safer active ingredients

 Two of the products noted below (marked with an asterisk) are present on EPA’s List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2; the others have “registered claims against one or more non-enveloped viruses (which is the basis for EPA's emerging viral pathogen guidance) and were eligible for an A or B rating in” EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning, a database of household cleaners.

  • Clorox Commercial Solutions Disinfecting Bio Stain & Odor Remover*
  • Clorox Pet Solutions Advanced Disinfecting Stain & Odor Remover*
  • Lysol Hydrogen Peroxide Action Multi-Purpose Cleaner, Oxygen Splash
  • Lysol Hydrogen Peroxide Bathroom Cleaner, Cool Spring Breeze
  • Lysol Hydrogen Peroxide Multi-Purpose Cleaner, Citrus Sparkle Zest
  • Lysol Hydrogen Peroxide Multi-Purpose Cleaning Wipes, Oxygen Splash
  • Lysol Power Bathroom Cleaner, Island Breeze
  • Purell Multi Surface Disinfectant, Fragrance Free
  • Seventh Generation Disinfectant Spray, Eucalyptus, Spearmint & Thyme
  • Seventh Generation Disinfectant Spray, Fresh Citrus & Thyme
  • Seventh Generation Disinfectant Spray, Lavender Vanilla & Thyme
  • Seventh Generation Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner, Lemongrass Citrus Scent
  • Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner, Lemongrass Citrus Scent
  • Seventh Generation Disinfecting Wipes, Lemongrass Citrus Scent
  • Windex Multi Surface Disinfectant Cleaner
  • Windex Multi Surface Disinfectant Cleaner, Glade Rainshower

* “Product on EPA’s List N or the American Chemistry Council list. Products on these lists either comply with the EPA’s emerging viral pathogen guidance, with demonstrated efficacy against viruses harder to kill than SARS-CoV-2, or have demonstrated efficacy against another human coronavirus similar to SARS-CoV-2 .”

Source: Environmental Working Group, March 26, 2020, and communication with EWG staff members, April 2020.

Products found on EPA’s list of registered disinfectants against COVID-19, which carry the US EPA Design for Environment logo*
  • Purell Healthcare Surface Disinfectant
  • Purell Foodservice Surface Sanitizer
  • Purell Food Processing Surface Sanitizer
  • Purell Food Handling Surface Sanitizer
  • Purell Professional Surface Disinfectant
  • Purell Professional Multisurface Sanitizer
  • Purell Professional Food Service Surface Sanitizer
  • Purell Professional Surface Sanitizer
  • Purell Professional Multisurface Disinfectant
  • Purell Multisurface Disinfectant

* The US EPA DfE logo requires a registered-pesticide candidate product to undergo an assessment against the DfE standard to evaluate the toxicity of the active and inert ingredients. If the product qualifies, the registrant may add the DfE logo to its label through a label amendment. 

Source: Communication with EPA officials