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Pesticide Product Information

Information available in Spanish below the English version​ — Información en español disponible debajo de la información en inglés​


ODA remains committed to the health and safety of every Oregonian during this public health emergency. This page contains resources on disinfectant products that can be used to kill the virus that causes COVID-19 on inanimate objects and surfaces. Additional resources intended to help you use these products as safely and effectively as possible are also included. 

Cleaning and disinfecting of objects and surfaces can play an important role in fighting the spread of harmful diseases. Cleaning products remove dirt, soil, and other impurities from surfaces. Cleaning is an important first step in the disinfection process. Disinfectants are a specific type of antimicrobial pesticide. Antimicrobial pesticides are chemicals or mixtures of chemicals that destroy or suppress the growth and spread of harmful microorganisms, like viruses, on surfaces and objects. 

Why aren’t hand sanitizers listed on EPA's or ODA's lists? 

EPA reviews and regulates antimicrobial pesticides. This includes disinfectants for use against viruses on nonliving surfaces and objects. Hand sanitizers are not regulated as pesticides by EPA or ODA – they are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).​

COVID-19 disinfectants

​​EPA-approved disinfectant not available? 

When EPA-approved disinfectants are not available, alternative disinfectants can be used (for example, 1/3 cup of bleach added to 1 gallon of water, or 70% alcohol solutions). Do not mix bleach or other cleaning and disinfection products together — this can cause fumes that may be very dangerous to breathe in. Keep all disinfectants out of the reach of children.

Guidance for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools, and homes

Other resources

COVID-19 and Oregon OSHA

OR-OSHA coronavirus webpage

EPA's Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website

Coronavirus information from EPA

National Pesticide Information Center's (NPIC) COVID-19 Virus Factsheet

Guidance to control the COVID-19 virus on surfaces

Understanding and Selecting Antimicrobial Pesticides

Information about antimicrobial pesticides

What are Antimicrobial Pesticides?

Antimicrobial pesticides information

Using disinfectants safely and effectively​

Cleaning & Disinfecting Environmental Surfaces, CDC

Cleaning and disinfecting environmental surfaces information

Cleaning and Disinfecting, Multnomah County

Cleaning and disinfecting tips

Disinfectant Product Label, Iowa State University

How to read a sample disinfectant label

Green Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting: A toolkit for Early Care and Education, EPA

Cleaning and care information

Minimizing Exposure at Work, NPIC

Ways to minimize pesticide exposure at work

Reducing Disinfectant Exposures in the Workplace, NPIC

Reducing disinfectant exposures video

Sanitizing and Disinfecting in Child Care, OHA

Sanitizing and disinfecting in child care information


El Departamento de Agricultura de Oregon (ODA) sigue comprometido con la salud y la seguridad de todos los habitantes de Oregon durante esta emergencia de salud pública. Esta página contiene recursos sobre productos desinfectantes que pueden usarse para matar el virus que causa COVID-19 en objetos y superficies inanimadas. También se incluyen recursos adicionales con el propósito de informarlos de como usar estos productos de la manera más segura y efectiva posible.

La limpieza y desinfección de objetos y superficies pueden ser clave la lucha contra la propagación de enfermedades contagiosas. Los productos de limpieza eliminan la suciedad, tierra y otras impurezas de las superficies. La limpieza forma un primer paso importante en el proceso de desinfección. Los desinfectantes son un tipo específico de pesticida antimicrobiano. Los pesticidas antimicrobianos son químicos o mezclas de químicos que destruyen o evitan el crecimiento y la propagación de microorganismos dañinos, como los virus, en superficies y objetos.

¿Por qué no se incluyen desinfectantes para manos en las listas de la EPA o del ODA?

La EPA revisa y regula los pesticidas antimicrobianos. Esto incluye desinfectantes para uso contra los virus en superficies y objetos no vivos. Los desinfectantes para manos no son regulados como pesticidas por la EPA o el ODA; son regulados por la Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos (Food and Drug Administration, FDA).

​Desinfectantes COVID-19

Otros recursos​

Centro Nacional de Información Sobre Pesticidas (NPIC)

Usando desinfectantes para controlar el virus de de COVID-19 en superficies

Enfermedad del coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) de la EPA

Sitio de información de la EPA

Información y guías relacionadas con COVID-19 de Oregon OSHA

Página web de información Oregon OSHA

Página Informacional de la EPA sobre la Lista N

Informacion sobre la Lista N de la EPA