Lysol is one of the most popular brands of disinfecting products worldwide that are touted to be effective against the Coronavirus. In fact, a lot, if not all, of its products are on the list the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) came out with in January and updated just this month.
However, there is still some argument about whether the Lysol disinfecting products that have been cleared off the shelves are safe for use or not. A lot of people, especially those who are concerned about the safety of their family and the environment, are looking closely at the formulation of these cleaning agents and checking out the advantages and disadvantages they present.
If you would like to know if Lysol is indeed effective and safe against the Coronavirus, below are a couple of the most sought-after Lysol products and the pros and cons that come with each:
Not the air freshener some people think it is, the Lysol Disinfectant Spray is a common household product used to disinfect or sanitize and to control and prevent mildew. It is also good for getting rid of unpleasant odors.
– Available in 12 different scents.
– Gets rid of 99.9% of bacteria, fungi, and viruses on hard surfaces and fabrics as well as stop the growth of mould and mildew (when used according to directions).
– Removes bad odours.
– Convenient to use – just spray on hard or soft surfaces.
– Fragrance may cause allergies.
– Unscented formula is not available.
– Children’s toys and surfaces to be used for preparing food that have been sprayed with the product need to be rinsed off with water before they can be used.
– Need to be used according to specifications. You don’t just spray it, you have to make sure that the mist covers the entire surface and is allowed to remain wet for 30 seconds up to 10 minutes, depending on whether it is for sanitization or disinfection or on whether it is on a hard or soft surface.
– Contains chemicals that present moderate concern for asthma or other respiratory ailments, irritation and skin allergies, as well as cancer. There is also high concern that the ammonium hydroxide contained in the Lysol disinfectant spray, which presents acute aquatic toxicity, can lead to possible reproductive, endocrine, and development effects as well as to potential DNA damage.
Another Lysol product that is quickly disappearing off supermarket and grocery shelves, the Lysol Disinfecting Wipes is known as a convenient way to get rid of the Coronavirus whether you are at home or travelling. It can be used on any surface and can eradicate almost all types of germs and allergens in the home.
– Comes with the refreshing scent of lime blossom and lemon.
– Eliminates 99.9 percent of bacteria and viruses, including those that cause flu and the common cold.
– Can help reduce allergens like pollen and dust mites in the home by more than 95 percent as well as prevent mold and mildew growth.
– Easy to use and carry around.
– Fragrance may cause allergies, irritation, or damage to skin. It also presents acute aquatic toxicity, possible respiratory effects, and bio-degradation.
– Not necessary for regular home cleaning.
– Does not work unless used properly. You need to make sure that the surface you wiped off should remain wet for at least four minutes and to let it air dry before it can kill any virus like the CoViD-19.
– Needs to be rinsed off when used in areas needed for the preparation of food.
– Contains quaternary ammonium compounds or what is also known as “quats” that can trigger allergies, asthma, and other illnesses related to the respiratory, reproductive, and endocrine systems. Development effects is also of moderate concern when exposed to these chemicals.
If you would look at all the pros and cons above, you can say that convenience may be one of the most advantageous qualities of the Lysol disinfecting products. However, if you would look at the time the products need to effectively get rid of the Coronavirus and compare it to how fast-acting hydrogen peroxide (link to article The Best Natural Home Disinfectants Against COVID-19) is, then you can say it’s a no-brainer which one is better. The Lysol disinfecting wipes, and disinfectant spray need to stay on for 4 and 10 minutes, respectively. Meanwhile, hydrogen peroxide needs only a minute and as it is just a mixture of water and an extra molecule of oxygen, it is all natural and safe to use.
So, are Lysol products really effective against the Coronavirus? It’s up to you to decide. Read the pros and cons listed above again. You can tell that while they may have their benefits, they are fraught with disadvantages that will make you think twice about using them in your home. If you want your home and your kids to be safe from the Coronavirus, while protecting the environment, then you’ll know your answer.