Which Disinfecting Products Kill COVID-19?
August 28, 2021 Leave a Comment
It's been over a year since COVID-19 first hit the U.S. With the pandemic, people became more aware of the consequences that come with faulty cleaning and disinfecting practices, as shown by the changes introduced to businesses and healthcare facilities. People in different parts of the U.S. have seen public regulations constantly shift in the past few months, but two things remain clear:
1) COVID-19 is still very much among us.
2) Proper disinfecting solutions are a must.
The best defense against a potential outbreak is to perfect our cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting methods. Many products on the market take a long time to kill germs and bacteria and are not ideal for efficient and thorough disinfecting. When it comes to options against COVID-19, the list of viable solutions is limited, and the risks derived from many of these products exceed their disinfecting power. So, knowing the risks, let's see which cleaning products can kill COVID-19.
Cleaning Products and COVID-19
To clarify, most cleaning products per se are not meant to kill COVID-19 or any other virus, but they are an important part of a proper disinfection process. They remove stains, dirt and debris, including germs and viruses dwelling within. Disinfectants are the ones responsible for actually killing these harmful microorganisms, and by now, they should be a part of regular hygienic practices everywhere. Products that have been deemed effective against COVID-19 include:
Soap and water:
While not the most time-effective option, a mix of soap and hot water can kill COVID-19 when you use it to scrub a surface clean. As described by Temple Health
, this combination is followed by a stronger disinfectant to cover a wider range and kill more germs, viruses, and bacteria.
Bleach is a well-known option that's present in an astounding number of household cleaners, like toiler bowl cleaners, carpet care products, dishwashing products, glass cleaners, and laundry detergents. As such, people purchase different household cleaners assuming that their chemical concentration will be enough to counter COVID-19 when the solution might not be as simple. In spite of this, half a cup of bleach with a gallon of water is usually enough to have most surfaces disinfected after 10 minutes.
There are some downsides to bleach. Firstly, its chemicals are aggressive enough to cause discoloration on fabrics and to corrode non-porous surfaces. More importantly, bleach products release chemical fumes that remain in the air long after you're done cleaning, causing unpleasant body responses and leading to severe health conditions after continued exposure.
The key ingredient in hand sanitizers. Alcohol-based formulas are effective as long as their alcohol concentration remains between 60% and 90%. While dwell time varies slightly for each product, alcohol works very fast, however, it is not recommended for children since it can enter their bodies when applied to the skin.
They are a simple solution to disinfect certain high-touch surfaces after every instance of human contact. Many of them can also be used on electronic devices without causing malfunctions but are not the best option when it comes to all-purpose cleaners.
Learn About the EPA List N
Throughout this pandemic, the EPA has continuously updated List N as a resource to help people stop the spread of COVID-19 through effective cleaning and disinfecting practices. List N
contains all the products that have been determined to kill SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) on surfaces. As stated by the EPA itself, receiving registration to List N does not equal approval from the EPA itself when it comes to the product's composition and its label description.
Fight COVID Effectively with GenEon Technologies
GenEon Technologies offers one of the safest and most effective solutions to kill COVID-19 and many other harmful pathogens. GenEon is part of the EPA List N under registration number 91112-2. This follows a thorough evaluation process, which determined that the products generated through GenEon's on-site generation technology kill Human Coronavirus on surfaces.
Our products are also EPA-registered, so you can trust that our solutions will provide true disinfection without harming people's health or endangering natural resources. Countless scientific tests and studies support all our claims, and our results have earned us the trust of schools, businesses, and healthcare facilities all over the U.S.
GenEon Technologies applies a process called electrochemical activation to create cleaning, degreasing, sanitizing, and disinfecting solutions on-site using nothing more than natural minerals, water, and electricity. The process has the validation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a safe, eco-friendly alternative to chemical-based solutions. This way, GenEon's technology allows the creation of multipurpose cleaners and powerful disinfectants to make things easier for you while preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
This is what goes into our process: One of the natural minerals that GenEon uses as a catalyst is salt. Salt is a compound comprised of sodium and chloride. Sodium ions are positively charged, and chloride ions are negatively charged. GenEon Onsite Generators expose these ions to a low electrical charge. The positive side of the charge electrochemically converts the chloride ion (Cl) to hypochlorous acid (HOCl), which is a powerful sanitizer/disinfectant. The negative side of the charge electrochemically converts the sodium ion (Na) into sodium hydroxide (NaOH), which is a cleaning compound commonly found in soaps and detergents. Unlike many other OSG systems, GenEon's system is a Blended Stream System that uses both versions in the same solution. The hypochlorous solution is represented as Free Available Chlorine (FAC) that has 80-200 times the sanitizing power of chlorine bleach. Since it is produced at a near-neutral pH, it won't deteriorate furniture or clothes.
This is an important stage in our fight against COVID-19. People are more knowledgeable about the options at their disposal as they look for safe ways to move things forward. As such, many businesses around the country are working tirelessly to ensure the right hygienic conditions to welcome back visitors and staff. GenEon Technologies will continue to stand by you at every step of the way, with the best cleaning, degreasing, sanitizing, and disinfecting technology to preserve a hygienic environment. If you want to know more about our products, fill out our website's contact form. We'll be happy to help you achieve all your disinfecting and sanitizing goals!
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