The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is so highly contagious that it has already infected over a million people across the globe in just a span of three months. Since coronavirus particles can live for a time on surfaces, one of the best ways to protect oneself from this invisible enemy is by regular disinfection.

Here are four household products that can kill coronavirus, according to Consumer Reports:


Bleach is a cleaning staple in every home. People use it to clean their kitchen and bathroom areas and to remove stains and odor from their white clothing when doing the laundry. Not many people know, however, that bleach is also a great defense against viruses. In fact, mixing a solution of ½ cup of bleach to a gallon of water is enough to disinfect various surfaces around the home. Cleaning different areas of the home using this solution kills off viruses that can cause diseases, including the novel coronavirus.

Hydrogen peroxide

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hydrogen peroxide “produces destructive hydroxyl free radicals that can attack membrane lipids, DNA and essential cell components.” Just as it is effective in killing the rhinovirus responsible for the common cold, hydrogen peroxide is effective in killing the virus responsible for COVID-19. To get rid of the novel coronavirus, spray this solution onto surfaces and let it sit there for minutes before wiping it off.

Isopropyl alcohol

There’s a reason stocks of isopropyl alcohol are running low in most countries today. This alcohol solution that contains at least 70 percent alcohol is so effective in wiping off germs and viruses that many use it either as a disinfectant spray or hand sanitizer. According to Consumer Reports, there is no need to dilute this alcohol solution when used for cleaning surfaces.

Soap and water

Of all the items on this list, this is probably the most basic yet the most effective. Washing hands thoroughly with water and soap for at least 20 seconds is key to destroying viruses. Soap actually works better than other disinfectants, as it instantly dissolves the fat membrane found in viruses, causing them to become inactive.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Test Kit
A medical staff displays a test kit to detect the novel coronavirus at a COVID-19 screening-drive, at the Amsterdam UMC in Amsterdam The Netherlands, on March 24, 2020. ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN/ANP/AFP via Getty Images

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