Ebola has been top of mind for all of us over the last couple of months. Most important right now is how to minimize the spread of the disease and how to keep ourselves and loved ones healthy. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) earlier this summer published a list of recommendations for hospitals with suspected and confirmed patients with the disease to follow. These suggestions are filled with good advice for us to follow in our own lives to stay healthy.

First, it’s important to know that there is currently no disinfectant that the EPA approved to claim it kills Ebola.  However, the CDC knows enough about viruses to be able to recommend which types of disinfectants are going to perform best against a virus like Ebola.

With that knowledge, it’s the CDCs recommendation that in the case of suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola it is best to use disinfectants proven to kill non-enveloped viruses for disinfecting. Non-enveloped viruses are more resistant to disinfectants, or in other words, can be harder to kill than enveloped viruses.

The good news is, Ebola is a an enveloped virus, so it does not fall into a category of being resistant to disinfectants.  However, due to the high risks associated with Ebola, the CDC is suggesting that it’s best to use disinfectants that are proven to kill both enveloped and non-enveloped viruses.

When used as directed, CleanSmart household and nursery disinfectants and cleaners are effective against both enveloped and non-enveloped viruses on hard, non-porous surfaces.


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