In our war against COVID-19, face masks and hand sanitisers have become de rigueur when we’re out and about. On the home front, our anti-COVID arsenal needs to include household disinfectants too. But note that not all cleaning products are made equally. Some may eradicate 99 per cent of bacteria yet have zero effect against viruses. The key is to look for household disinfectants that target the unholy trinity — bacteria, viruses, fungi.
Furthermore, the weekly dust-sweep-mop routine we’ve been doing for years is no longer sufficient. High-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, taps, mobile phones, and remote controls require extra attention. If you have young children who may put fingers, toes, and toys into their mouths, this is particularly crucial. Which brings us to another point — surely such harsh chemicals aren’t safe for babies?
(See also: Jumping On The Organic Baby Bandwagon)
Don’t worry! As long as you follow the directions for use, the following nine household disinfectants promise to send bacteria, fungi, and viruses packing while posing no danger to babies and pets whatsoever. And they’re all proud made-in-Singapore brands to boot! #supportlocal
1. Bio-X 3-in-1 Aerosol
Environmentally friendly, non-poisonous, and water-based, Bio-X 3-in-1 Aerosol spray is a multi-functional solution that fights on three fronts. It disinfects, deoderises, and even eliminates insects, keeping dengue fever away. This three-fold formulation covers a wide surface area effectively with each spray and is safe for the whole family. $11.90 (300ml); $17.90 (600ml); www.biovectrol.com
2. BioCair Anti-Bacterial Disinfectant Pocket Spray
This convenient pocket-sized spray eliminates 99.999 per cent of surface germs in just 60 seconds. Made with only pure water and BC-65, BioCair disinfecting products are non-toxic, non-corrosive, and alcohol-free. It targets bacteria, viruses, and fungi, but remains safe for inhalation, sensitive skin, and does not irritate the eyes. $15.80 (50ml); www.biocair.com.sg
3. ECO*SAM Disinfectant Cleaner *NEA certified*
A child-safe sanitiser for all surfaces, this alcohol-free disinfectant cleaner gets rid of 99.99999 per cent of germs. With no dilution required, it’s a one-step cleaner and disinfectant that is highly effective against bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It has a pleasant eucalyptus fragrance and can even be used on face masks and food contact surfaces. $11.84 (2x500ml), $11.94 (5L), $59.54 (25L); www.sam-ink.com
4. G3Tech Disinfectant *NEA certified*
Formulated with plant-based ingredients like lavender oil and curcumin, G3Tech Disinfectant is non-toxic and does not irritate sensitive skin. Instead of alcohol, its active ingredient is a photosensitiser with 99.99 per cent efficacy against viruses and bacteria. Using a high dosage of oxygen, it kills microbes effectively and safely, while providing continuous surface protection. $5.50 (60ml), $18 (1L); www.g3tech.com.sg
Revolutionary ionic silver-based disinfectant GERMCLEAN keeps surfaces protected for up to 30 days with a single application. Busy parents can now protect your family against 99.99 per cent of germs, bacteria, and viruses with minimal hassle. Local leading childcare hygiene supplier Sureclean are the people behind this and SANIHANDS, one of the first hand sanitisers to be internationally tested effective against COVID-19. $38.70 (3x60ml), $68.70 (3x250ml); www.sureclean.com.sg
6. GK Surface *NEA certified*
Water-based family-safe disinfectant GK Surface from GK-GermKiller features a multi-action formula that cleans and disinfects in one easy step. It utilises a broad spectrum of bactericidal, virucidal, and fungicidal actions that effectively eliminate up to 99.99999 per cent germs. Yes, it has also been tested and proven effective against SARS-CoV-2 a.k.a. COVID-19, as well as HFMD, H1N1, and Rotavirus. Its antimicrobial effect lasts 24 hours, at the same time eliminating bad odours and emitting a floral fragrance. $5.90 (85ml), $8.90 (500ml), $45 (5L), $5.90 (box of 20 individually wrapped wipes); www.gk-germkiller.com
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7. Mr Wonderful Sanitising Water
From local eco-friendly cleaning company Dream Sparkle comes Mr Wonderful Sanitising Water. It pairs potassium hydroxide with purified ionised alkaline water with a high pH of 12.5 to sanitise up to 99.9999 per cent of harmful germs and bacteria. Biodegradable and free of harmful chemicals, it is also colourless, odourless, and does not produce foam or sticky residues. $6.95 (48ml), $14.95 (300ml spray bottle), $9.95 (500ml refill pack); www.mrwonderfulworld.com
8. Nila Shield Disinfecting Spray *NEA certified*
Local aromatherapy brand Nila urges families to shield up with this antiseptic disinfecting spray. It contains tea tree, eucalyptus, sweet orange, spike lavender, thyme, oregano, and German chamomile, nature’s best disinfectants in a bottle. They combine with a 70 per cent denatured ethyl alcohol base for 99.99 per cent disinfection efficacy. $12.90 (100ml); www.nilasingapore.com
9. SANO-D D’Kleense
D’Kleense is a two-in-one antimicrobial cleaner and disinfectant for general household surfaces. Available as a spray bottle disinfectant and wet wipes, it helps ensure your home is dirt-free and germ-free. Additionally, it is chlorine-free, non-toxic, non-flammable, and non-corrosive, making it safe for use around young children and pets. Also alcohol-free, it uses the proven SANO-D Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide with Nano silver ions to attack the surface of micro-organisms, killing up to 99.99 per cent of bacteria, viruses, and mold in one minute. $3.20 (100ml), $$8.90 (500ml), $21.90 (tub of 200 sheets), $14.90 (200 sheets refill pack); www.sano-d.com
If you’re looking to protect high-touch spots for up to 90 days at a go, SANO-D offers the D’Shield Starter Kit ($31.90). It contains a bottle of D’Shield Antimicrobial Coating in 100ml, together with two 100ml bottles of D’Kleense, and a microfibre cleaning cloth.
Products marked *NEA certified* means that they are on NEA’s list of household disinfectants proven effective against COVID-19 at time of publishing. Please refer to the list for updates. Prices listed are RRP (recommended retail pricing) and accurate at time of publishing.