Are Ecover products effective against COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?

We have not tested our products against SARS-CoV-2 (the new strain of Coronavirus causing COVID-19) as it is only just becoming available for commercial testing. Therefore we are unable to say if our products would effectively kill the virus.

None of our products contain large enough amounts of alcohol to make them a disinfectant. But what we do know is that cleaning removes germs and dirt, lowering the number of them and therefore reducing the risk of spreading infection. Rest assured we are monitoring the official research and advice from the World Health Organisation, NHS and UK government about the role of personal hygiene and cleaning products against COVID-19.

Home Cleaning

Our cleaning products are designed for daily use, alongside our sister brand, method's anti-bac range for targeted cleaning. method's anti-bac range has been tested on the H1N1 flu virus, Enterococcus Hirae, Staphylococcus Aureus, E-Coli + Pseudomonas Aeruginosa. However, this does not provide any proof of working against other viruses.

Hand Soap

The latest advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) is to wash your hands with plain soap and water or use an alcohol rub often, for at least 20 seconds, and avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose to prevent the spread of infection. You can use any of our hand soaps with water to do this.

Please note, we do not recommend using our household sprays on your hands. Washing-up liquid can be used but is not recommended as it is likely to dry out your hands much quicker than a hand soap. We do not currently have any plans to produce a hand sanitiser, however, we are monitoring demand for this.

Dishwashing

Like with hand soap, the goal of washing is to remove the virus rather than to destroy it. The latest advice from the UK government is to use a dishwasher (if available) to clean and dry your used crockery and cutlery. If this is not possible, wash them by hand using detergent and warm water and dry them thoroughly using a separate tea towel to prevent the spread of infection. You can use our dishwasher tablets or washing-up liquids to do this. For more information, click here.

Laundry

There is a big difference between your day to day routine and what is required when you have an ill person in your house. To the best of our knowledge, washing your clothes more often is not a measure recommended by the World Health Organisation. Generally, it is recommended to use a washing powder containing bleach and wash at 60°C to effectively kill bacteria and for the destruction of viruses.

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