Can I use common household substances to kill the novel coronavirus?
EPA does not review effectiveness of common household ingredients like vinegar or rubbing alcohol, so EPA cannot verify how well they work to kill the novel coronavirus. EPA reviews and registers antimicrobial pesticides, which include surface disinfectant products for use on pathogens like SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
Visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) website for more information about how to protect yourself.
- How can members of my household use disinfectants properly to control COVID-19 if a family member is asthmatic or has other chronic respiratory disease?
- Can disinfectant products be used on people?
- Is there anything I can do to make surfaces resistant to SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)?
- I need to disinfect a public space like a store or school. What do I need to know?
- Why aren’t ozone generators, UV lights, or air purifiers on List N? Can I use these or other pesticidal devices to kill the virus that causes COVID-19?
- Can I use fogging, fumigation, or electrostatic spraying, or drones to help control COVID-19?
- Can I apply a product using a method that is not specified in the directions for use?
- Do disinfectants kill newer variants of coronavirus?