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NEA’s updated list of household products and active ingredients for disinfection of the COVID-19 virus

By February 17, 2020Current

TL;DR – Stay calm and don’t panic (buy).

Earlier this month, the National Environment Agency (NEA) released an interim list of household products that contain the appropriate concentrations of active ingredients that are known to inactivate coronaviruses.

NEA releases a list of household products and active ingredients for disinfection of Novel Coronavirus

We did a quick check on the NEA website and it seems that the list has been updated, with more products added.

One point to note though is that the COVID-19 virus is new, and no study has been conducted directly on the virus. However, because the COVID-19 virus is a coronavirus, published scientific studies using coronaviruses have been referenced.

According to NEA, detergent and water are adequate for general precautionary cleaning.

For disinfection of areas that are very likely to be contaminated with COVID-19 virus, disinfectant/cleaning products listed in the table below can be used:

General

Aeris Active

Benzalkonium chloride (1.1-2.4%)

 

Clorox Disinfectant Wipes

Benzalkonium chloride (0.184%)

 

Clorox Scentiva Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner (Various Scents)

Benzalkonium chloride (0.3%)

 

Dettol Anti-bacterial Surface Cleanser Trigger Spray

Benzalkonium chloride (0.096%)

 

FairPrice Anti-Bacterial Wet Wipes

Benzalkonium chloride (0.1%)

 

Mr Muscle Multi-Purpose Cleaner (Various Scents)

Benzalkonium chloride (0.1-0.5%)

 

Simple Green Clean Finish Disinfectant Cleaner

Benzalkonium chloride (0.15%)

 

Softess Anti-Bacterial Wet Wipes (Various Scent)

Benzalkonium chloride (0.08%)

 

Yuri Aganol Floor Cleaner

Benzalkonium chloride (1%)

 

Zazacorona

Benzalkonium chloride (0.05%)

 

Dettol Antiseptic Disinfectant Liquid

Chloroxylenol 4.8%

 

Dettol Antiseptic Germicide

Chloroxylenol 4.8%

 

FairPrice antiseptic Germicide

Chloroxylenol (4.8%)

 

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Walch Antiseptic Germicide

Chloroxylenol 4.5-5.5%

 

Jackie Disinfectant & Air-Freshener

Ethyl alcohol (>80%)

 

Jackie Disinfectant Spray

Ethyl alcohol (>80%)

 

BestChem Disinfectant

Isopropyl alcohol (60-70%)

 

Budget Bleach

Sodium hypochlorite (3.25%)

 

Clorox All Purpose Cleaner with Bleach

Sodium hypochlorite (2.4%)

 

Clorox Bleach Original

Sodium hypochlorite (5.25%)

 

Clorox Clean-Up All-Purpose Cleaner with Bleach (Various Scents)

Sodium hypochlorite (2.4%)

 

Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner + Bleach

Sodium hypochlorite (1.84%)

 

Essential Waitrose Thick Bleach Original

Sodium hypochlorite (2.5-5.0%)

 

FairPrice Anti-Bacterial Bleach

Sodium hypochlorite (5%)

 

Giant All Purpose Household Bleach

Sodium hypochlorite (>=5.25%)

 

HomeNiks Bleach

Sodium hypochlorite (3.25%)

 

Mr Muscle Mold & Mildew

Sodium hypochlorite (1-5%)

 

Yuri Bleach (Various Scents)

Sodium hypochlorite (5.25%)

 

Another product that’s included in the list is the BestChem Bleach Disinfectant, which active ingredient is Sodium hypochlorite (3.5-4.5%). However, we are not able to find an image of the said product online.

For Bathroom

Dettol Healthy Clean Bathroom

Benzalkonium chloride (0.1%)

 

Mr Muscle Bathroom 5 in 1

Benzalkonium chloride (0.1-0.5%)

 

Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach

Sodium hypochlorite (2.4%)

 

Magiclean Bathroom Stain & Mold Remover

Sodium hypochlorite (2.7%)

 

Magiclean Toilet Bleach Power Cleaner

Sodium hypochlorite (3.2%)

 

Mr Muscle Foaming Bleach Gel (Various Scents)

Sodium hypochlorite (1-5%)

 

For Kitchen

Dettol Healthy Clean Kitchen

Benzalkonium chloride (0.1%)

 

Mr Muscle Kitchen Cleaner

Benzalkonium chloride (0.1-0.5%)

 

Magiclean Kitchen Bleach

Sodium hypochlorite (6%)

 

Others

Magiclean Pipe & Sink Cleaner

Sodium hypochlorite (2.7%)

 

Magiclean Pipe & Sink Declogger

Sodium hypochlorite (2.9%)

 

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Mr Muscle Sink & Drain Declogger

Sodium hypochlorite (1-5%)

 

And here’s a list of active ingredients and their working concentrations that are effective against coronaviruses, according to published scientific studies:

  1. Sodium hypochlorite (0.1 – 0.5%)
  2. 70% ethyl alcohol
  3. Povidone-iodine (1% iodine)
  4. Chloroxylenol (0.12%)
  5. 50% isopropanol
  6. 05% benzalkonium chloride
  7. 50ppm iodine in iodophor
  8. 23% sodium chlorite
  9. Accelerated hydrogen peroxide (0.5%)

In addition to the use of cleaning agents, other treatments effective against coronavirus include steam and heat treatment.

NEA also included a few important points to note before using these products:

  • Check the labels and use according to instruction, and be aware of the potential hazard of each product.
  • Avoid contact with eye and skin when handling cleaning products, and keep them away from children.
  • Do not mix different cleaning products and use in a well-ventilated area.
  • For disinfection of highly contaminated surfaces or material, avoid the use of spray, and allow appropriate time needed for disinfection (refer to product instruction).
  • This product list should be read in conjunction with the Guidelines and Advisories issued by NEA with instruction and guidelines on how to conduct proper cleaning and disinfection of premises.

The above list will be updated as data from more products are gathered, and as more products are assessed to be appropriate.

Before you make a dash to the nearest supermarket with the updated list, please be reminded that even though Singapore’s DORSCON level is at Orange at the moment, it’s not the end of the world yet.

Should we panic if the Wuhan coronavirus Dorscon level in Singapore changes to Orange?

And no, there is no need to stockpile on daily essentials either.

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The Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) is a colour-coded framework that shows the current disease situation. And the purpose of the DORSCON framework is to provide us with general guidelines on what needs to be done to prevent and reduce the impact of infections.

It takes into account:

  • The current disease situation overseas
  • How transmissible the disease is
  • How likely it is to arrive in Singapore
  • What impact it may have on Singapore’s community

Even if there’s fatality (touch wood), it doesn’t mean that the DORSCON level will change to red.

 

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