Thymol – A Sustainable, Botanical Alternative to Bleach for Sanitizing and Disinfecting

Updated: Apr 15, 2020

Thymol is a component of the botanical thyme oil, and when used as an active ingredient in a sanitizing disinfectant it kills 99.99% of germs. And unlike bleach, Thymol is non-toxic, non-corrosive, biodegradable and safe around pets and children.

Thymol has long been used by humans for, among other things, as food preservatives and known for its antimicrobial properties. Many botanical oils from herbs, including thymol, have been used for thousands of years in Roman, Greek, and Indian medicine as antiseptic agents.

Thymol sanitizing formulations have strong antimicrobial and cleaning efficacy and thymol is listed on the 25B Minimal Risk Pesticide.Thymol is a GRAS molecule (Generally Recognized As Safe) listed as a food additive in many countries

Thymox disinfectant spray (EPA-87742-1), which we use at unfect, has demonstrated effectiveness against human coronavirus strain 229E and is expected to inactivate the SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19).

You can find thymol products approved by the EPA for use against Covid-19 on the list below:

EPA -­ List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2

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