Lysol spray is the first product certified to kill the novel coronavirus on surfaces.

It’s about to get even more difficult to find Lysol products at the store. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved two of the brand’s products—Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist—to kill the SARS-CoV-2 or novel coronavirus on surfaces. Products can not claim efficacy against killing any virus without first being tested and approved by the EPA.

“EPA is committed to identifying new tools and providing accurate and up-to-date information to help the American public protect themselves and their families from the novel coronavirus,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “EPA's review of products tested against this virus marks an important milestone in President Trump’s all of government approach to fighting the spread of COVID-19.”

Developed in the 19th century as a household cleaner, Lysol is a disinfectant used to clean hard surfaces throughout the world. It was first used to eradicate a cholera outbreak in Germany and played a big part sanitizing during the 1918 flu pandemic. The main active ingredient in Lysol is benzalkonium chloride, and it comes in a variety of formulations including liquid concentrate, bathroom cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, sanitizing wipes, and aerosol spray.

Lysol Max Cover Spray


The EPA has a list of 420 products it has recommended for cleaning and sanitizing to protect against the coronavirus, but these Lysol products are the first to be tested on the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Lysol Disinfectant Spray is an aerosol spray that comes in several different scents and sizes, and Lysol Max Cover Disinfectant Mist is an aerosol spray that has a wider nozzle to disinfect larger areas.

Ever since the coronavirus pandemic began in March, Lysol spray and Lysol wipes have been a sought-after item at grocery, drug, and warehouse stores. Buyers and supply chain managers expect inventory to ramp up at the end of summer, but shortages could still persist through the fall cold and flu season.