6 Stores Where You Can Still Find EPA-Approved Cleaning Products for Killing Coronavirus
The novel coronavirus isn't going away anytime soon, so we need to safeguard ourselves, others and our homes against COVID-19. While it's important to practice social distancing, wear a mask in public places and wash your hands frequently, it's also important to disinfect high-touch surfaces regularly to minimize the transmission risk of the coronavirus.
But not all household cleaning products are created equal. The EPA released a comprehensive list of all the ones approved for use against SARS-CoV-2 (aka the coronavirus)—but if you've been in stores recently, you know that they can be hard to come by. That's why we scoured the internet to find places where you can still buy cleaning products approved for killing coronavirus. While availability varies by location, here are some good places to check out if you're on the hunt. (And remember, you can make your own sanitizing solution at home if you have some bleach.)
Home Depot isn't just great for finding rolls of TP during the toilet paper shortage. While most disinfectant products aren't available for delivery—and some, like Lysol wipes, are only available for in-store purchase—you can purchase many products online and pick them up at your local store (it's worth checking a few stores in your area for availability). Here are some products we found:
Etsy is a treasure trove for finding things like hand sanitizer and sanitizing spray. But be wary: while ingredients like essential oils smell amazing, they won't kill the coronavirus on their own. The CDC says to look for alcohol concentration between 60-95% for hand sanitizers or a bleach dilution for household cleaners (here's how to make your own).
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Office supply stores like Staples have a surprisingly robust selection of cleaning products—and many of them (like these) can be delivered straight to your door. Score!
These cleaning products are unavailable for delivery, but may be available for pickup at your local store. You can check your store's stock online by plugging in your ZIP code (again, if you have a few stores near you, it might be worth checking nearby locations).
Even if you don't have pets, this stain and odor remover spray is approved by the EPA to fight coronavirus. Since it's free of bleach, you can use it on carpets, furniture, clothing and more.
Force of Nature
This DIY cleaning kit converts salt, water and vinegar into electrolyzed water, which can be used to disinfect against 99.9% of germs. The EPA also recognizes its demonstrated abilities to kill coronavirus (read more about the science here). Kits come with five activator capsules, which each make 12-ounce bottles of sanitizing solution. Best part? All of these kits ship free to your home.