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Being Prepared: A Better #Sanitizer

Now more than ever, it’s time for an hygiene upgrade. What if I told you there was a #sanitizer more powerful than bleach, safer to your body, NSF + FDA approved to even use on food, sustainable, space saving, and best of all, you’ll not run out of it anytime soon?

Because if there’s anything we’ve learned about this current COVID-19 pandemic, it is that we are not ready. As individuals, many of us have underestimated, even scoffed at the importance of careful and consistent hygiene and have been slow to adopt practices and habits that can protect both ourselves and each other from diseases and illnesses. As a country, we have not invested nearly enough in our health and safety, with not enough beds, supplies, ventilators, test kits, making it impossible to do even basic pandemic control measures like contact tracing (figuring out who’s had contact with infected individuals), something that all the places that have been successful in controlling the outbreak have been able to do. If the haunting narratives recently published in the New York Times of what it’s like living with and taking care of a sick loved one, as well as the devastating reality in Italy of a healthcare system that has been completely overrun by COVID-19 are not loud enough wake up calls, the cost we’ll pay as a nation in the coming weeks, in our economic loss and more tragically, in American lives, will show us of that what we’ve been doing is not good enough. There are better ways to do things, better technologies that can help us try to get ahead of sicknesses, better systems we could have in place – we simply haven’t been looking for them, haven’t been willing to invest in them.

I only learned about this type of sanitizer about a year ago. But it wasn’t until about a month ago, as the COVID-19 pandemic was exploding around the world and taking root in the US, with Purell and Clorox wipes commanding astronomical prices or just nowhere to be had, that I took another look. The more I researched, the more I realized this is something that needs to be shared, and made available, especially in these times.

Why so special? This type of sanitizer:

– Equals or outperforms the disinfectants for many of the products from popular brands like Purell, Lysol and Clorox at killing viruses

– Has been used for decades in commercial and industrial applications to sanitize surfaces of bacteria, viruses, molds, mildew, protozoa and spores

– Is government approved as no-rinse, organic sanitizer, FDA approved to be safe enough to use directly on food

– Is gentle on the body – does not cause skin irritation or noxious fumes that burns your eyes and lungs

– Can be produced in a handheld, rechargeable device that can continue to generate solution on demand, to up to 4000 liters of solution before needing to be replaced

– Is sustainable, with no chemical residues dumped into our oceans and soil, as well as eliminating the equivalent of hundreds of plastic bottles over its lifetime

Ladies and gents, meet aqueous ozone.

 

More Powerful than Chemicals

Aqueous ozone (not to be confused with gaseous ozone) is when ozone gas is dissolved into water. Ozone has stronger oxidizing capability than bleach, which is what allows it to be a powerful disinfectant, and aqueous ozone has the additional advantage of being effective at fairly low concentrations that very safe for humans.

How effective? Lets benchmark it against familiar household brands. Taken from EPA’s List N of Disinfectants for use against COVID-19*:

Virus Type** -> Contact time in minutes to effectively eliminate virus

Norovirus/Norwalk Virus

– Lysol® Disinfectant Max Cover Mist -> 10 min

– Lysol® Disinfectant Spray -> 10 min

– PURELL Professional Surface Disinfectant Wipes -> 5 min

vs Aqueous Ozone -> 30 seconds

Rotavirus

– Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach -> 10 min

– Lysol® Disinfecting Wipes -> 10 min

– Lysol Brand Heavy Duty Cleaner Disinfectant Concentrate -> 5 min

– Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes -> 4 min

– Lysol Brand Cling & Fresh Toilet Bowl Cleaner -> 30 Seconds

vs Aqueous Ozone -> less than 10 seconds

Hepatitis A Virus

– Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® Disinfecting Spray -> 10 min

– Lysol Brand Lime & Rust Toilet Bowl Cleaner -> 10 min

– CloroxPro™ Clorox® Germicidal Bleach -> 5 min

– Clorox Healthcare® Bleach Germicidal Cleaner Spray -> 1 min

vs Aqueous Ozone -> less than 10 seconds

Poliovirus

– Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® Disinfecting Spray -> 10 min

– Lysol Brand Power Plus Toilet Bowl Cleaner -> 10 min

– Lysol Brand Lime & Rust Toilet Bowl Cleaner -> 10 min

– Clorox Clean Up Cleaner + Bleach -> 5 min

– CloroxPro™ Clorox® Germicidal Bleach -> 5 min

– Lysol Bathroom Cleaner -> 5 min

– Clorox Healthcare® Bleach Germicidal Cleaner Spray -> 1 min

vs Aqueous Ozone -> less than 10 seconds***

Feline Calicivirus

– Clorox Commercial Solutions® Clorox® Disinfecting Spray -> 10 min

vs Aqueous Ozone -> 30 seconds

 

As you can see, there is a dizzying array of variously branded products, including wipes, sprays, toilet bowl cleaners, which all vary in virucidal performance. The one constant is that aqueous ozone consistently has superior effectiveness, across multiple strains of viruses. See this easy summary of the pathogen “kill sheet” on Aqueous Ozone by 3rd party published scientific studies, as well as certifications from NSF, Green Clean Institute, EPA, FDA, and USDA.

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