Efficacy of “Green” Cleaning Products with Respect To Common Respiratory Viruses and Mold Growth
Some disinfectants have been demonstrated to be effective against surface mold growth and/or viruses responsible for the spread of common respiratory infections. Antimicrobial efficacy of green cleaning products has generally not been established in these areas. In this survey, the author found that out of 27 products approved by Green Seal as hard surface cleaners, 26 do not claim antimicrobial capability. While some contained hydrogen peroxide, a compound with limited spectrum disinfection capabilities, only one was registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as antimicrobial. The need for additional research and documentation is discussed.