Our Science

We make cleaning the way it should be: without compromise

Our products were born from a father’s love for his son with an immune system disorder. When he realized harsh household products made his son’s life immensely more difficult, he tried to find a cleaner option. When he couldn’t, he started CleanWell.

Our Thymol Active

Thymol is a key component of various herbs and has been used for its medicinal and strong antiseptic properties for thousands of years. The Thymol that we use is extracted directly from the plant source making it truly plant-derived. No synthetic Thymol here.

As the active ingredient in CleanWell Disinfecting products, Thymol is an EPA-approved and effective antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-mold agent. The EPA classifies Thymol (at the level used in our products) to have a low toxicity rating and it is not aware of any adverse effects to humans or the environment when used as directed on the packaging label.

What we keep out

M Alcohol

Ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) and Isopropyl alcohols are frequently used in home care products. They can be dangerous because they are flammable and poisonous if ingested.

M Bleach

A common active ingredient in home disinfecting products, bleach is known to cause eye irritation, respiratory issues, and burning skin.

M Ammonia

Ammonia is found in many cleaning products. Low level exposure is known to cause skin or eye irritation. Inhaling lower concentrations may cause coughing, and nose and throat irritation.

M Parabens

Parabens are in cleaning products because they’re known to prevent the growth of bacteria. Parabens are linked to skin irritation and thought to be endocrine disruptors.

M Quaternary Ammonium

A common active ingredient (also listed as Benzalkonium Chloride) in disinfecting products that can cause skin and respiratory irritation.

M Phosphates

Phosphates are added to cleaning products to boost their cleaning power; however, they remain in the run-off water and can accumulate in waterways, causing devastating algal bloom.

Efficacy of our Botanical Disinfectants



Influenza A virus, including H1N1 (Enveloped Virus)

Rhinovirus type 37 (Non-enveloped Virus)

Salmonella enterica (Gram negative Bacteria)

Staphylococcus aureus (Gram positive Bacteria)

MRSA (Methicillin Resistant S. aureus Bacteria)

Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Gram negative Bacteria)

Norovirus (Non-enveloped Virus)

Under Review

Influenza A Avian (H3N2) virus (Enveloped Virus)

Under Review

Escherichia coli (Gram negative Bacteria)

Under Review

Candida albicans (Yeast, spore forming fungus)

Under Review

Aspergillus niger (Mold, spore forming fungus)

Under Review

Trichophyton mentagrophytes (Fungi, spore forming)

Under Review

Enterobacter aerogenes (Gram negative Bacteria)

Under Review