EPA Adds Botanical Thymol To List That Kills Coronavirus

April 28, 2020
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Some good news for anyone looking for additional disinfecting products that kills viruses. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has added cleaners containing the ingredient "thymol" to their list of approved coronavirus-killing products. Thymol comes from the oil of various herbs including basil and thyme, a naturally anti-microbial botanical. Because this plant-based component breaks down quickly, it's less harmful to the environment than other chemical cleaners. Plus, the botanical oil kills germs and bacteria without strong chemicals or the harsh smell of bleach. In particular, CleanWell Botanical Disinfectant All Purpose Cleaner; CleanWell Botanical Disinfectant Wipes; and Sol-U-Guard Botanical disinfectant are now listed on the government's approved website. They contain a 0.05% concentration of thymol and is designed to kill 99.9% of germs, bacteria, and viruses. They're also alcohol-free, non-toxic, and safe for food surfaces. Although not specifically, Seventh Generation disinfectant products, which are manufactured by CleanWell, also use thymol as the active ingredient.

SOURCE: Better Homes & Gardens

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