About the EPAs List N: Disinfectants for Coronavirus

List N: Disinfectants for Coronavirus is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s official name for the list of cleaning products that are expected to kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the official name of the coronavirus that is the cause of the current pandemic. If you need certified coronavirus cleaning, it’s important to use cleaning products from this list.

Fortunately, the EPA was on top of this from the beginning, releasing the first iteration of List N in March 2020. By October 2020, it had grown to include more than 500 products. Today, all of those 500-plus products have been proven effective against the COVID-19 virus, as well as pathogens that are even harder to kill and different human coronaviruses similar to SARS-CoV-2.

All the products on List N are meant to be used as surface cleaning products. They are not to be used on humans or animals, and they are not meant to be ingested in any way. Here is some more information about List N and how to use it.

How to use List N

The EPA made it simple to use List N so consumers can easily find out if a given product has been proven effective against coronavirus. In fact, the agency has made a web page with a tool you can use to easily check. Here’s how it works.

First, find the EPA registration number on the product label. Then, enter the first two sets of numbers into the List N web page.  If it appears on the list, congratulations—you’ve got a certified coronavirus cleaning product.

There may be two or three sets of numbers under the EPA registration number on some products. You only need to enter the first two parts into the List N web site. (The third set of numbers indicates a supplemental distributor product, meaning it may share a chemical composition with another product on the list. In this case, the products will have the same first two sets of numbers, even if they have different brand names.)

How do you know products on List N work against the coronavirus?

The EPA released an early version of List N in March 2020, which included more than 200 products. It continued to expand the list as more data was obtained from studies and experiments, and as more information became available about the coronavirus. All products currently on List N have shown effectiveness in killing the SARS-CoV-2 virus that is at the heart of COVID-19.

It may be the case that you don’t see a product on the list by its name, but you are pretty sure it’s effective against coronavirus. This might be because this product shares a chemical makeup with another product which has been deemed the primary product, and therefore is listed on List N under that name. For best results, use the EPA registration number to look up any cleaning products.

While it’s entirely possible to handle most cleaning jobs on your own, sometimes it’s best to leave it to the professionals. When you need a thorough cleaning or coronavirus certified cleaning using List N products, contact the experienced team at Stay Clean Solutions today.