What products kill coronavirus on surfaces?

Killing risky germs on household surfaces is nothing new; you’re probably already doing it when you routinely clean the bathroom and after you handle raw meat or chicken in the kitchen. During the novel coronavirus pandemic, however, keeping all frequently-touched household surfaces — like faucet handles, phones, and remote controls — germ-free is more top-of-mind than ever.

Since COVID-19 is a new disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, a respiratory virus that causes coronavirus to spread, experts continue to study the ways that the virus thrives on surfaces across the home and how the recent newfound strains multiply and spread. Regular soap and water cleans germs away and cuts down the quantity of germs, which also reduces the chance of infection, but to actually kill germs, you also must sanitize or disinfect surfaces after cleaning them.

It’s important to know that not all cleaning products that claim to disinfect are equally effective on all types of germs. There are many types of bacteria and viruses and not every product kills them all.