Many people have been wondering how to clean surfaces in their home. According to health officials, this is just as critical as washing your hands. This has led individuals to try to figure out what products to use that will get rid of COVID-19.

In response to these questions, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a list of products that you can use to disinfect your home and products that you bring into your home. They used the Emerging Viral Pathogen program to help select the products on the list. This program was designed in 2016 to help provide a rapid response to pathogen outbreaks.

Two of those that are recommended are Lysol and Clorox (for a complete list see the EPA’s table). You can use any of the variants of theses, such as wipes or sprays. The good news is that most of us have some form of these products already in our homes.

The key thing when using any of the products is that you follow the directions on the label to use the product safely and effectively. It’s vital that you follow the contact time. This is the length of time the surface should be visibly wet in order to actually kill off any pathogens. It’s also important to remember that these products are designed for surfaces only, not to be used to disinfect your body. If you do get the cleaner in your eyes or other body parts, follow the directions on the label as far as what you should do.