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This Coronavirus-Fighting Cleaner Is Flying Off Grocery Store Shelves

The beloved household cleaning product is essential when it comes to combating the virus, but it's no where to be found.
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Wearing a mask in public places. Wearing gloves while shopping. Wiping down groceries when you get home from the supermarket. These are all things many people have been doing in order to best protect themselves and others from catching and spreading any unwanted germs. Mostly in an effort to avoid contracting and spreading coronavirus.

But now, it's been deemed that there is one cleaning product that is proven to actually kill coronavirus.

The only problem is that it's been flying off grocery store shelves and it's nearly impossible to find.

And it's none other than Lysol.

Yes, that's right, the Environmental Protection Agency officially dubbed Lysol the first surface disinfectant approved to kill the virus on surfaces. The agency lab tested two versions of the spray—Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist—and found both can actually kill the virus in under two minutes. (If you're looking for more helpful information like this, click here for all of our latest coronavirus coverage.)

"Hygiene is both the foundation of health and essential in preventing the spread of illness-causing germs," Rahul Kadyan, executive vice president of hygiene for Lysol's parent company Reckitt Benckiser said in a statement. "The EPA's approval recognizes that using Lysol Disinfectant Spray can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on hard, non-porous surfaces. In the face of the pandemic, Lysol continues to work with a wide range of scientific and health experts to educate the public on the importance of hygiene."

This is great news to hear, as Lysol is affordable and found in many stores, including local grocery stores. But there's only one problem: it's nearly impossible to find.

Since COVID-19 entered everyone's lives, Lysol sprays and wipes flew off shelves. Many stores even have a limit as to how many a person can purchase at a time—along with other cleaning products—as a way to avoid one person stockpiling and not leaving any left for other customers. Unfortunately, not even this measure could stop the selling out of the cleaning product.

So while this is great news to hear, as this staple cleaning product is proven to be the most effective when it comes to wiping out coronavirus on surfaces, it's a bit hard to find at the moment, making it difficult for homes to be properly prepared.

What can you do instead?

Well, you should be washing your hands quite often anyway, and the classic combination of soap and water has never steered you wrong before. Plus, the EPA has an approved list of disinfectants that are just as good to use. But know if you are able to find Lysol spray, you have a safe and effective disinfectant on hand that will 100% kill coronavirus on surfaces.

Jennifer Maldonado
Jennifer Maldonado is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food and health content. Read more
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