Since the coronavirus pandemic hit the US last year, detergents have been a hot commodity. Disinfectant wipes and sprays were in short supply as people seek out the old standbys of disinfecting at home. A recent EPA approval now allows a new weapon to be added to the arsenal: a thyme-derived disinfectant spray from Laboratoire M2, Inc.
A herbal disinfectant
According to the company, this is the first “first disinfectant with an active ingredient derived from plants” that is approved for killing the virus on hard surfaces. It is made from thymol oil, an extract from the common herb thyme. According to the EPA, thymol products can be used to fight fungi, bacteria and viruses. The agency considers it a pesticide.
Serge Auray, President and Founder of Laboratoire M2, explained what he thought was the appeal of a botanical cleaner. “We have worked for many years to develop botanically crafted products with proven results that rival leading brands with traditional synthetic ingredients. We are very proud of this [doing] our contribution to the fight against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and to the protection of public health and the environment. “
The press release touted Thymox’s safety versus other options. It should be noted that Thymox Spray is non-corrosive and has “the lowest toxicity rating (IV) granted by the EPA”.
Thymox is one of the few products specifically tested and approved by the EPA for use against the coronavirus. The EPA maintains a list called List N of all disinfectants believed to be effective against the virus.
List N contains over 500 products and can be viewed with this tool. Further information on List N can be found here. The EPA also approved a number of List N products that have since been shown to be effective against the virus.