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Sure, youve got a product that says kills germs under your sink, but will it really destroy the new coronavirus on surfaces? Turns out that if youre using a disinfectant like a regular cleaner, you might not actually be disinfecting at all. To make sure youre destroying 99.9% of viruses and bacteria, doing these three things is critical.

And one quick note on EPA registration numbers: make sure to look for EPA Reg No. as there can sometimes be another EPA number on there as well. Then, enter the first two sections of the number into List N to find the product. (If you enter the third part, the search wont work properly.) Some products only list the first two parts. Yeah, its confusing.


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Credits:
Executive Producers:
George Zaidan
Hilary Hudson

Producers:
Andrew Sobey
Elaine Seward

Writer/Host:
George Zaidan
Samantha Jones, PhD

Scientific consultants:

Environmental Protection Agency
Palli Thordarson, PhD
Brianne Raccor, PhD
Michelle Boucher, PhD

Sources:

CDC practical guidelines on how to clean/disinfect your home
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/disinfecting-your-home.html

The Law
https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/40/158.2203

How do we know the products on list N will kill SARS-CoV-2
https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/how-does-epa-know-products-list-n-work-sars-cov-2

EPA regulations
https://www.epa.gov/test-guidelines-pesticides-and-toxic-substances/series-810-product-performance-test-guidelines

EPA summary
https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/what-are-antimicrobial-pesticides

Sterilex interpretation of EPA guidelines
https://www.sterilex.com/interpreting-an-epa-label-sanitizer-vs-disinfectant/

C&EN
https://cen.acs.org/safety/consumer-safety/chemists-guide-disinfectants/98/web/2020/05

EPA List N
https://cfpub.epa.gov/giwiz/disinfectants/index.cfm

CDC influenza guidelines
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/school/cleaning.htm

Dont mix household cleaners
https://cen.acs.org/safety/consumer-safety/Accidental-mix-bleach-acid-kills/97/i45

C&EN how do we know disinfectants kill coronavirus
https://cen.acs.org/biological-chemistry/infectious-disease/How-we-know-disinfectants-should-kill-the-COVID-19-coronavirus/98/web/2020/03


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