Can GREEN Cleaning Products Disinfect?

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Natural and eco-friendly cleaners that do no harm to people, animals, or the environment have become important focuses for consumers worldwide. Consequently, many people are choosing cleaning products that are categorized as green, non-toxic, or natural. While most of these products are acceptable for everyday cleaning, you should be aware that the vast majority don’t have the needed disinfection abilities to kill harmful viruses and diseases like COVID-19.

Cleaners and Disinfectants—What’s the Difference?

When your objective is to disinfect a surface for protection against infectious diseases, the best way to differentiate between cleaners and disinfectants is to verify the product has an EPA registration number on the label. If there’s not, then it isn’t a tested and registered disinfectant. It’s safe to use the product to clean up dirt and grime, but it will not disinfect against viruses and disease.

What Does the EPA Recommend?

The EPA’s task is to safeguard human and environmental health. Based in Washington, D.C., the EPA is responsible for establishing standards and laws that promote exactly that.

The EPA is concerned with the annihilation of contagious viruses and diseases and has developed a searchable database of disinfection products available to the public that have been laboratory tested and are confirmed effective against the coronavirus and other infectious diseases. These disinfectants mostly use harsh synthetic chemicals like quaternary ammonium to kill germs. Therefore, this list contains few green cleaners, with the exception of citric acid.

Some research has revealed that citric acid, an organic compound that occurs naturally in citrus fruits, has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties–enough to eliminate some types of bacteria, mold, and mildew. Nonetheless, it’s primarily considered a cleaning agent or microbial at best. When it comes to disinfecting (killing) harmful viruses, most natural or “green” ingredients, such as citric acid, are not as effective as their EPA-registered counterparts. All except one.

Benefect is a “green” plant-based botanical disinfectant product, is EPA tested, and proven 99.9% effective in killing the coronavirus without any risk to animal and human health or the environment. It’s now an EPA List N registered disinfectant. The downsides are that it’s very expensive and can be hard to get during the pandemic.

If Benefect is not available and you want to use a natural cleaner that’s been tested by the EPA and may have a lower risk of causing asthma, irritation, hormonal disruption, or carcinogenic effects and pose the least threat among chemicals in their class, you can pick a product from the EPA’s Safer Choice list. This list shouldn’t be confused with the EPA’s List N of coronavirus-killing disinfectants. The Safer Choice is a list of products that are fine for routine cleaning but aren’t disinfectants for coronaviruses.

Use Professionals to Clean COVID-19

If you’re a home or business owner in Pueblo, Leadville, Colorado Springs, Breckenridge, Buena Vista, or anywhere else in our Colorado service area and are interested in cleaning and disinfecting your property against COVID-19 or other contagious diseases, Cyclone Kleen Up disinfection services uses only EPA List N registered disinfectants and cleanup protocols approved by the CDC. We’ll clean your home or business to minimize the threat and boost your peace of mind.