EPA: Pine Sol now approved to kill coronavirus on surfaces

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Pine Sol (Photo: Mike Mozart / CC BY 2.0)

Pine-Sol Original Multi-Surface Cleaner received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “for kill claims against SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, on hard non-porous surfaces,” the Clorox Company announced in a press release about its cleaning product.

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After testing from a third-party laboratory, the disinfectant was proven effective against the virus with a “10-minute contact time on hard non-porous surfaces.”

The EPA advises that when using any of the registered disinfectants on its list to follow all label directions “for safe, effective use,” which includes the amount of time the surface should be visibly wet with the product.

Chris Hyder, vice president and general manager of the cleaning division at The Clorox Company said in a statement that they hope the new approval will “increase access to disinfectants that can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

Check out the full list of products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against the COVID-19 virus here.