About Germ Patrol
Germ Patrol claims to be a household cleaner containing a patented formula that’s non-toxic, non-irritating, and non-corrosive, and is guaranteed to provide 28 days of long-lasting, powerful protection from germs. As such, Germ Patrol is claimed to be the only EPA and FDA approved disinfectant proven to last over 28 days.
Overall, Germ Patrol is claimed to kills 99.9% of all germs, including fungi, mold, and mildew, and even Ebola and enterovirus (although it may only be effective for up to 4 hours on these, based on the product’s commercial), and can be carried with you wherever you go to provide protection on the go.
The manufacturer claims that Germ Patrol’s quick-dry formula leaves no residue after being sprayed on hard and soft surfaces, including fabrics, is EPA approved safe for use on all food prep surfaces, and features a pleasant lavender scent.
So, should you buy Germ Patrol? Think about the following first:
What Ingredients Does Germ Patrol Contain?
We’re not informed which ingredients Germ Patrol contains, although the Public Health Agency of Canada claims, “Ebolavirus is susceptible to 3% acetic acid, 1% glutaraldehyde, alcohol-based products, and dilutions (1:10-1:100 for ≥10 minutes) of 5.25% household bleach (sodium hypochlorite), and calcium hypochlorite (bleach powder).” As such, we’d imagine that Germ Patrol contains one of more of these ingredients.
On the other hand, according to the Enterovirus Foundation, this virus can “survive chlorine, freezing, and can live on surfaces for several days, long enough to allow for transmission by fomites such as door handles, pillowcases, and dust.” However, “the virus can be killed with standard disinfectant and heat.”
With all of this said, while the physical effects of Ebola and enterovirus can be severe, for the most part, they’re relatively easy to kill, even without the use of Germ Patrol. In fact, as we outlined in our recent Ebola article, manufacturers of all stripes are using the fear of Ebola to get consumers to purchase their products. But if you live in the US, the likelihood of coming into contact with the virus is astronomically low.
Is Germ Patrol FDA and EPA Approved?
Despite the fact that the FDA typically only approves drugs and medical devices—not household cleaners—we couldn’t find any indication that Germ Patrol is approved by these agencies on either the FDA or EPA’s websites.
The Proof Is (or Isn’t) In the Pudding
With this said, as prospective customers ourselves, we would put a great deal of stock in having the ability to verify that Germ Patrol is approved by these agencies. Or at the very least, viewing the clinical studies proving that Germ Patrol lasts up to 28 days, and/or that it can kill viruses.
Ultimately, why the manufacturer decided not to include these game changers (at least in regard to how consumers potentially view the product), we’re not sure.
Since Germ Patrol is a newer product, there weren’t any online customer reviews available at the time of our research. However, we did find out that the spray is manufactured by Alurent Products, Inc. based out of Las Vegas, NV. Traditionally, Alurent has been associated with beauty products, and this appears to be their first entry into the “As Seen on TV” industry.
Unfortunately, Alurent is not listed with the Better Business Bureau, and there are no online reviews available for the company. Interestingly, we did find a nearly identical product previously sold on Amazon.com and through the Sears website, although it no longer appears to be available through either retailer, and there were no customer reviews posted.
Germ Patrol Pricing & Refund Policy
Germ Patrol is priced at $14.95 plus $6.95 S&H. You’ll also have the option to add Germ Patrol On-the-Go and Hand sanitizer to your order, just pay additional $6.95 S&H. If you choose this option, it will bring your total to $28.85.
Regarding a refund policy, there is a graphic that reads “100% money back guarantee” on the Germ Control home page, although there isn’t any refund information provided elsewhere on the site.
We attempted to contact customer service at (800) 348-9098 and find out this information, although each time we called the line automatically disconnected after ringing 2-3 times.
Considering the fact that numerous household cleaners sold at almost all retailers advertise the ability to kill 99.9% of germs; that many of these can also kill Ebola and other viruses; that the Germ Patrol website provides no evidence to back up its claims; and that there is no refund policy listed, we might recommend visiting local retailers for less expensive, more easily-returned options.