No one likes getting a virus and for some people, the implications of certain viruses are worse than others including the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Aside from good hand washing you also want to clean and disinfect the surfaces in your home well. Aside from bleach and hydrogen peroxide, I checked to see if Method Antibac also kills the Coronavirus, because that’s what I have at home.
I went to the source to see what statements Method Home had put out so far. Based on their response on Twitter as of March 9th, they remind us that while their antibac products kill 99.9% of common germs, the Coronavirus is new and not a common virus. In short on Twitter, they said they haven’t tested their products against it yet. And looking at their FAQs recently, testing isn’t really isn’t in their plans either because it’s a difficult process.
What the EPA says
The EPA published a list of the disinfectants that meet the criteria for use against this virus and is continuing the update it. The recommendation from the EPA when considering other products not currently on the list is to “confirm it has an EPA registration number and that human coronavirus is listed as a target pathogen.”
You can search the EPA list for citric acid, which is the active ingredient in Method Antibac products. There are other products on the EPA list that use this same ingredient.
On the back of the Method Antibac products, the EPA Registration Number is 75277-2. Searching on the EPA site, the product comes up under the name “Freak”, listing citric acid. Click the green plus sign to confirm the company is Method. The listing also as “Emerging Viral Pathogen Claim? Yes”
Do make sure to follow the disinfection instructions for maximum results.
Hint, it’s not a simple quick spray and wipe. You need to leave the product active for a while to ensure it’s effective.
What common germs and viruses does Method Antibac kill?
According to Method, their Antibac products kill 99.9% of household germs—including influenza A flu virus, staphylococcus aureus, rhinovirus, and salmonella enterica.
Method currently offer an Antibac All Purpose Cleaner, an Antibac Bathroom cleaner, and one for the toilet bowls.
The Antibac All Purpose Cleaner is my favorite go-to for my kitchen counters after preparing with raw chicken. And I like their bathroom cleaners to cut through the grime.
How does Method Antibac work?
Method Antibac is formulated using citric acid to break down germs. They’ve tested their products against other germs and viruses including the common ones. COVID-19 is new and hasn’t been tested yet to confirm if the antibac cleaners successfully kills this particular virus.
How to use Method Antibac to disinfect surfaces
This is important. Disinfecting surfaces is not a speed cleaning activity. And now that you’re working from home and have more time, you have a little extra time to up your cleaning game.
The recommendation from Method is to first do a quick clean to remove the mess. Then spray the surface down and let stand for 10 minutes allow the cleaner to do its work disinfecting.
Wrapping up. Using Method Antibac for Disinfecting
Don’t forget in these follow good hygiene, cleaning, and social distancing practices during any uptick in viruses. Method Antibac can help you clean your home and disinfect it.
Based on a search by the EPA Registration Number on the back of the bottle, Antibac is on the EPA list as long as you follow the disinfection process.
Stay healthy and safe. If you have any questions about the products, please do reach out the company for official guidance.