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Do Eco-Friendly Cleaners Destroy the Coronavirus?

by Stephanie Watson  

Anyone who’s made the switch to green cleaning products might be frustrated in their search for environmentally friendly products that work against the coronavirus. Virtually no eco-friendly cleaners are listed by brand name on the EPA’s list of coronavirus-approved products, except for Benefect Botanical Daily Cleaner, which comes in a disinfectant spray and a towelette.

The Environmental Working Group recommends these less-toxic virus-killing ingredients, which you can find when you search the EPA’s list of cleaners:

  • Citric acid
  • Ethyl alcohol (ethanol)
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • L-lactic acid
  • Octanoic acid (caprylic acid)
  • Thymol

You may have to read ingredient labels to find eco-friendly products that contain any of the above ingredients since the EPA doesn’t list all products by brand name. For example, several disinfectants marketed under the Seventh Generation brand contain thymol. These products are the same as those listed on the EPA site under a different brand name, CleanWell, according to the Seventh Generation website.

This article first appeared in the July 2020 issue of UC Berkeley Health After 50.