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EPA offers coronavirus-killing life hack

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Posted at 7:46 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 07:08:50-04

"List N" is an innocuous name for a long list of killer products. But in this case, that's a good thing. The products on this list all kill novel coronavirus.

List N was created by the EPA, the Environmental Protection Agency. So if your favorite cleaning product is out of stock, List N can show you what other products and ingredients are effective against the virus.

The list is available on both the EPA's desktop and mobile sites. It also allows consumers to enter a product's EPA registration number - typically found on the back of the product - to see if it's effective against the virus that causes COVID19.

Buyers can filter for surface type, spray or wipe and contact time. Contact time is the amount of time a product needs to touch the virus to render it inert.

One of the biggest mistakes many people make is assuming one swipe from one wipe will kill coronavirus.

The EPA's List N site shows contact times for more than 400 cleaning products. Some are as little as one minute, while others need to be in contact with the virus for as much as 10 minutes to work properly.