Microban 24 sanitizing spray shown to kill the coronavirus on surfaces in 60 SECONDS receives EPA approval
- Microban 24-Hour Sanitizing Spray is found to be effective against COVID-19
- The spray showed to kill SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces in just 60 seconds
- Microban has now been added to EPA’s list for disinfectants that kill COVID-19
The Environmental Protective Agency (EPA) has added another sanitizing spray to its list of disinfectants capable of killing SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirus.
Microban 24-Hour Sanitizing Spray was recently tested by a third-party lab and proved to eradicate the virus on hard, non-porous surfaces in 60 seconds.
A product of Proctor & Gamble, the spray continues to kill certain germs and bacteria for up to 24 hours using a multi-layer shield that forms when applied and activates bacteria-fighting ingredients over time.
Microban notes that its antimicrobial additives are built into the product during manufacturing, preventing human exposure to the toxic biocide, but notes it can be harmful if swallowed or inhaled.
Microban 24-Hour Sanitizing Spray was recently tested by a third-party lab and proved to eradicate the virus on hard, non-porous surfaces in 60 seconds. It has now been approved by the EPA
The EPA recently conducted its standard data review process for Microban and found the spray ‘provides an initial kill against the virus, when used as directed.’
The sanitizing spray first hit the market in February, saying it is powerful enough to kill 99.9 percent of germs, including cold and flu viruses, but was unclear how effective it was against the deadly strain of coronavirus.
In February, there also was not yet an acceptable EPA approved method for combating the coronavirus.
Martin Hettich, SVP North America Home Care, P&G, said: ‘Microban 24 Sanitizing Spray was introduced in February to give consumers a sanitizing product that works as hard as they do, providing protection against bacteria for up to 24 hours.’
The sanitizing spray first hit the market in February, saying it is powerful enough to kill 99.9 percent of germs, including cold and flu viruses
‘As Americans shifted from their standard sanitizing routine to one focused on protecting their homes against the COVID-19 virus, Procter and Gamble has been diligently working with scientists and health experts to ensure that Microban 24 Sanitizing Spray provides the effectiveness against the COVID-19 virus that people need.’
Microban 24 is designed with a multi-layer shield that forms a protective coating when applied that kills 99.9 percent of bacteria and blocks others from attaching to the surface.
EPA recently shared a statement this month saying it will allow companies to demonstrate that their products have ‘long-lasting’ or ‘residual’ effectiveness on surfaces against viruses like SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes the coronavirus.
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said: ‘EPA is providing an expedited path for our nation’s manufacturers and innovators to get cutting-edge, long-lasting disinfecting products into the marketplace as safely and quickly as possible.’
The EPA recently conducted its standard data review process for Microban and found the spray ‘provides an initial kill against the virus, when used as directed
‘As we continue to re-open our schools, workplaces, and other public spaces, it is important Americans have as many tools as possible to slow the spread of COVID-19.’
The group is expediting the registration process for antimicrobial products capable of killing pathogens that come into contact with the surface days, weeks, or years after the product is applied.
In September, the EPA approved the common disinfectant Pine-Sol as an effective cleaner that can kill the coronavirus.
In a press release, The Clorox Company stated Pine-Sol was effective against the virus with a ’10-minute contact time on hard non-porous surfaces.’
Earlier this year, President Donald Trump speculated about injecting a disinfectant into the human body as a defence against COVID-19.
But public health experts warn these products are not meant to be ingested in any way and that doing so can have serious consequences