Pine-Sol Gets EPA Mark For Killing Coronavirus On Surfaces In Just 10 Minutes Of Cleaning – But It’s NOT Safe To Drink
- Pine-Sol has been added to a list of Environmental Protection Agency-approved disinfectants that can kill coronavirus
- The cleaner was found to be effective against the virus on ‘hard non-porous surfaces’ after being left for 10 minutes by an outside laboratory
- Clorox, owner of Pine-Sol, says there is no shortage of the cleaning product, unlike others like Lysol
- There are nearly 500 disinfectants on the EPA list, but not all have been tested against SARS-CoV-2
Pine-Sol is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an effective cleaner that can kill the new coronavirus.
This makes the general purpose sanitizer, which is owned by The Clorox Company, one of nearly 500 products approved by the agency to neutralize the virus.
In a press release, the company stated that Pine-Sol was effective against the virus with a ’10 minutes contact time on hard non-porous surfaces’.
Earlier this year, President Donald Trump speculated about injecting a disinfectant into the human body as a defense against COVID-19.
But public health experts warn that these products are not intended ingested in any way and that can have serious consequences.
Pine-Sol Original Multi-Surface Cleaner was found to be effective against the virus on ‘hard nonporous surfaces’ after being left on for 10 minutes by a third-party lab, The Clorox Company said.
Pine-Sol, which can be found on the EPAs website under the name ‘Tuck 3’, was added to the agency’s list of ‘Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2’ on September 3.
According to Good housekeepingthe vacuum cleaner is listed under code 5813-101 on the EPA website.
With a long history as a powerful cleaner and disinfectant … Pine-Sol Original Multi-Surface Cleaner now provides clean families trusted for generations with the protection they now need against the spread of SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, ”Chris Hyder, vice president and general manager of the cleaning division at The Clorox Company said in a statement.
“We hope this new Pine-Sol claim will increase access to disinfectants that can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
To disinfect surfaces against the coronavirus, The Clorox Company recommends applying Pine-Sol with a clean sponge or cloth.
Then wet the surface and let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing it off.
According to the company, most of the other disinfectants recommended by the EPA have not been specifically tested against the virus that causes COVID-19.
Several cleaning products, such as Clorox and Lysol, have been in short supply, and some report it will be difficult to find these products in wipe or spray form until 2021.
However, The Clorox Company says the Pine-Sol sanitizer does not experience such deficiencies and is “ readily available ” both in stores and online.
The EPA says that when using any of the products on the list, label instructions must be followed for “ safe, effective use. ”
This includes instructions for the contact time, or the amount of time the surface must be visibly wet, before rinsing off.
Pine-Sol was founded by chemist Harry Cole in Jackson, Mississippi, with the original formula based on pine oil, which is a natural disinfectant.
Clorox acquired the Pine-Sol brand from American Cyanamid’s Shulton Group in 1990, but the products no longer contain pine oil to reduce costs
The company is perhaps best known because comedienne Diane Amos has been spokesperson for ad campaigns since 1993 with her famous catchphrase, “That’s the power of Pine-Sol, honey.”