Reckitt's Lysol disinfectant brand said on Tuesday that it would start selling in the US an 'air sanitising spray' that kills 99.9% of airborne viruses and bacteria.
Sales Boom Of Surface Cleaners And Wipes
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Reckitt, Clorox and other disinfectant makers benefited from a boom in sales of surface cleaners and wipes. At the time, there were no products suited to sanitising air, though some anxious consumers took to spraying surface cleaners into their surroundings.
"We'd actually been investigating previously around air transmission, but I would say that the inflection point was really born out of COVID," Chris Jones, Reckitt's category group director for R&D for Lysol & Harpic.
"We have spoken to other regulators, but I'd say at the moment that the prime focus is really making the US a success and (learning) from the U.S. and then how we can take that elsewhere."
Air Sanitising Spray Formula
The formula contains active molecules that are hygroscopic in nature, which allows the molecules to attach to micro-organisms suspended in the air.
Once attached, the molecules break down the structural membrane of the micro-organism, leading to its destruction, Reckitt said.