Disinfectants & Cleaning Products

Proper cleaning & disinfecting are more crucial than ever, and choosing disinfectants that can kill SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) is an integral part of any decision today. We have grouped disinfectants & cleaning products below based on their proven effectiveness, application, and packaging to make it easier for you to select the best products for your needs and safety.

Disinfecting Cleaners / Safer Disinfecting Cleaners / Dilution Systems & Sprayers / Restroom Disinfecting / Laundry Sanitizers / Disinfecting 101

Disinfectants & Cleaning Products

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EPA Confirmed as Killing SARS CoV-2 (Covid-19)

The EPA has confirmed that these products kill SARS CoV-2 (Covid-19) when used as directed.

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EPA List N Cleaning & Disinfecting Products

EPA List N products should be effective killing Covid based on their effectiveness with similar products.

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Disinfecting Aerosol Sprays

Aerosol sprays are great for rapid disinfecting, especially of high touch areas.

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Microban Disinfecting Sprays

Kills 99.9% of bacteria, including Covid in 1 minute. Works on hard and soft surfaces.

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Quats: Concentrated Gallon Disinfectants

Quats are the most popular disinfectants. Concentrated products need to be diluted, and provide the best value.

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Quats: Ready-To-Use Quart Disinfectants

Ready-To-Use Quat based disinfectants in convenient quart bottles.

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Quats: Ready-To-Use Gallon Disinfectants

Ready-To-Use Quat based disinfectants in gallons for refilling bottles or equipment.

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Bleach Disinfectants

Available in household or germicidal concentration, confirmed to kill Covid.

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Cleaners with Bleach Disinfectants

Ready-To-Use cleaners with bleach. Bleach alone is a disinfectant only.

Carpet Cleaning & Sanitizing

Carpet Cleaning & Sanitizing

These carpet cleaning products clean, disinfect and deodorize in one labor saving step.

Floor Cleaning & Disinfecting

Floor Cleaning & Disinfecting

These floor cleaning products clean, disinfect and deodorize in one labor saving step.

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Cleaner/Degreaser Disinfectants

Remove grease and other build up with these great products

Safer Disinfectants & Cleaning Products

The following Disinfectants & Cleaning supplies are considered safer, because they use more natural cleaning ingredients.

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Pine-Sol Disinfectants

Disinfectant-cleaner cuts through grease and grime. Glycolic acid kills Covid in 10 minutes.

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Hydrogen Peroxide Disinfectants

Hydrogen peroxide disinfectant cleaners are considered safer than most other disinfectants, yet still kill Covid.

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Citric Acid Based Disinfectants

Citric acid-based disinfectant-cleaners are considered safer to use as they are based on natural ingredients.

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Lactic Acid Based Disinfectants

Lactic acid-based disinfectant-cleaners are safer to use as they are based on natural ingredients.

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Alcohol Based Disinfectants

Purell Surface disinfectant-cleaner is alcohol based and kills Covid in 1 minute.

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Thymol Based Disinfectants

Thymol based disinfectant-cleaners are considered safer to use as they are based on natural ingredients.

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Command Spray Bottle Holder

Spray bottle holders are a great way to conveniently position bottles where needed.

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Dilution Systems, Sprayers, & Disinfectants & Cleaning Products

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Betco FastDraw Dilution System

This dispensing system offers over 30 money-saving concentrated disinfectants and cleaners, quickly filling bottles, buckets and autoscrubbers with ready-to-use solution. Requires water line.

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Diversey RTD Portable System

Use a hose from any water source to connect to these portable concentrated chemical bottles and output ready-to-use cleaning and disinfecting solutions. Betco FastDraw System provides an equivalent option.

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Victory Electrostatic Sprayers

Cordless handheld and backpack electrostatic sprayers disinfect areas quickly and thoroughly. Titan airless sprayers available for higher volume applications.

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Sprayer Disinfectants

Sprayers work better with properly paired chemicals. Available concentrated or ready-to-use.

Restroom Disinfectants & Cleaning Products

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EPA List N Bathroom Product Disinfectants

EPA List N products should be effective killing Covid based on their effectiveness with similar products.

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Bathroom Disinfectant Cleaners

Restroom liquid disinfectant-cleaners.

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Bathroom Foam Disinfectant Cleaners

Foam spray disinfectant-cleaners cling to vertical surfaces, increasing dwell time and effectiveness.

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Toilet Bowl Disinfectant Cleaners

Easy to use toilet bowl disinfectants & cleaners.

Laundry Sanitizers

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Laundry Sanitizer

This non-bleach additive kills bacteria on clothes.

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Fabric Sanitizer

Febreze kills 99.9 percent of bacteria on soft surfaces and prevents mold growth for up to 14 days. Deodorizes as well.

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Disinfection 101

There are many types of Disinfectants & Cleaning products, many forms of delivering or applying them. Many cleaning products include disinfectants to clean and disinfect in one step. Surface cleaning removes dirt and germs, reducing the risk of spreading infection. Cleaning alone does not kill germs or sanitize surfaces, while disinfecting minimizes the risk of spreading infection.

Surfaces will be more effectively disinfected when they are clean. However, heavily soiled areas should always be cleaned first, as dirt creates uneven surfaces that make it harder to disinfect.

It is always a best practice to wear gloves when cleaning and disinfecting and, depending on the application, other personal protective equipment (PPE) like gowns. It is also always good to have adequate ventilation when cleaning and disinfecting.

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The EPA provides a list of registered disinfectants to use against Covid-19. It includes ready-to-use sprays, concentrates, and disinfecting wipes. All disinfectants are supposed to be registered with the EPA, but some are not. However, if EPA registered disinfectants are not readily available, bleach and 70% alcohol solutions can be used as disinfectants.

The EPA regulates disinfectants as they are in the family of “pesticides” as they kill microorganisms. The FDA regulates hand sanitizers as they are in contact with the body.

Surfaces

Surfaces that are frequently touched are most in need of disinfection. In the office, some of the more commonly touched areas include:

  • Countertops and tables
  • Door handles/buttons/touch screens
  • Light switches
  • Faucets
  • Sinks
  • Toilets
  • Soap dispensers
  • Paper towel dispensers
  • Coffee brewers
  • Refrigerators
  • And microwaves

Some of the most commonly touched areas in personal work areas include desk surfaces and handles, keyboards, mice, and phones. These are the areas where you want to set up regular routines of disinfection.

Hard, less porous surfaces are easier to disinfect, so you may want to consider replacing objects with porous surfaces. Also, consider removing frequently handled items that are not genuinely needed, as this would help avoid cross-contamination.

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How They Work

Disinfectants destroy or inhibit the growth of harmful organisms. They typically attach to the cell’s surface and disrupt the cell activity of the microorganism. In addition, disinfectants eliminate the food source for the cell, causing the cell to die. Based on their function, none are considered Green by organizations like Green Seal.

The most common disinfectant chemicals include quaternary ammonium chloride compounds (also called quats), sodium hypochlorite (bleach), hydrogen peroxide, benzalkonium chloride, and pine-based solutions. They are in general cleaning products, bathroom cleaning products, and carpet and floor.

Quats:

Quats are absorbed by cells, but as they can’t digest them, the calls effectively starve to death. They are considered a “broad spectrum” killer, killing a wide range of germs. Moreover, quats are user-friendly, being less corrosive than other disinfectants. Quats combine well with surfactants/cleaners to allow one product to clean and disinfect, and some products also include deodorizers. They are cost-effective and represent approximately 95% of all disinfectant products.

Sodium hypochlorite:

Sodium hypochlorite is the main active ingredient in bleach. While comparatively inexpensive, it tends to kill everything and is considered corrosive (make sure you use gloves).

It is not an effective cleaner, and it can react poorly with other chemicals, creating toxic gas. Therefore it typically is not used for general cleaning. It also has a string odor.

Hydrogen peroxide:

Hydrogen peroxide is a versatile, user friendly disinfectant. Some consider it the “new” version of bleach. It is not corrosive and can be used safely on window cleaning, carpets, hard surfaces, and floors when neutral.

Pine oil:

Pine oil is considered “nature’s disinfectant”. It is inexpensive, but it is not a broad spectrum killer. Not a very good cleaner. However, some people associate odor with clean.

Alcohol:

Alcohol is typically used with hand sanitizers and surface sprays. It does not provide much contact time as it flashes off quickly. It is usually used in small use containers as it is flammable. Some hand sanitizers are made with benzalkonium chloride. It is generally considered less reliable than alcohol in killing viruses.

Kill Time

Each chemical and product may have very specific “kill” claims as to what germs it kills. In addition, each product may require a different amount of time in contact with a germ to kill it. The same product may require different times for other germs. This may be referred to as “wetting” time or “dwell” time.

Always be sure to follow directions, allowing the needed contact time for the disinfectant to work. Disinfectants are generally not targeted to kill mold. Therefore, only products with mold-killing claims should be considered for performing this task.

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Always follow all manufacturers’ guidelines for diluting and applying all Disinfectants & Cleaning products. When using bleach, keep in mind that it is not safe for all surfaces, so you may wish to test their reaction to the bleach first. Also, do not mix bleach mixed with ammonia or any other cleaner. Finally, ensure that your disinfectant is not past its’ expiration date, which is typically two years.

According to the instructions on the package, cleaners/disinfectant solutions are available in “Ready-To-Use” (RTU) packaging or in concentrated solutions that need to be diluted with water. Ready-To-Use products typically come in a quart-size bottle with a sprayer.

Concentrated solutions tend to be much more cost-effective, but you need to ensure that the product is properly diluted to work correctly. Disinfectants are also available in aerosol sprays.


Best Practices

We have collected some helpful disinfecting resources, which are highlighted below

Frequently Bought Together

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Disinfecting Wipes

Titan Airless Sprayer

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Hand Sanitizer Touchless Options

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Sneeze Guard Solutions

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Hand Soap Touchless Options

Clean Zonez Air Filtration

AeraMax Air Purifiers

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Overall Touchless Solutions

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