A surge of late-summer illness—including COVID—has led to schools canceling classes and reinstating some safety measures1. While the science has shown that COVID is most likely not transmitted via surfaces, there are plenty of pathogens that are. Disinfectants are still an important part of reducing absenses is schools and workplaces. That means it's a good time to talk about trying to achieve the right balance when it comes to disinfectants.
What do we mean by "Disinfectant Balance?"
When we talk about “balance” here - we mean weighing the positive properties of a disinfectant with the negatives. In the past, compromises had to be made. To get the kill claims you needed, you had to use harsh chemicals. And/or you had to leave it applied for a long time.
When the Balance is Off
The pandemic caused a lot of panic and worry across the US, and many people who were not used to using disinfectants started using them. A lack of experience, available tools, and limited supplies meant that products were being sprayed everywhere that, frankly, shouldn’t have been. Not in the quantities they were sprayed and not on the surfaces / in the spaces they should have been sprayed.
The Health Consequences of this have included:
- Increased calls to Poision Control3
- Damage to more delicate surfaces
- Films on surfaces making them look old/dull
(Possible Long Term2)
- Increased occupational illness (Asthma, COPD)
- Possible respiratory damage
- Increased exposure to carcinogens
- Increased contamination of wastewater
- Contamination of the ecosystem (food supply)
Damage to Surfaces
Beyond the serious health risks associated with many disinfectants that use quats, bleach, or other harsh chemicals as their main active ingredient, there’s also
the very real issue of damage to surfaces. Some cosmetic flaws such as milky residue can be cleaned away with a low-residue cleaning product such as EnvirOx H2Orange2 117 or 112. However, some damage can’t be fixed, meaning costly replacement of fixtures, electronics, or whole surfaces.
Finding The Right Balance
We invented OxiGenesis because there was a hole in the current disinfectant market. We needed a better disinfectant that used H2O2 technology (our specialty) but that was also perfectly balanced for maximum effectiveness while keeping the environment, facilities, and human health in mind.
- No PPE Required*
- Powerful Kill Claims
- Low Residue, Low Odor, No Fragrance
- Patented H2O2 Powered Cleaning Tech
- EPA Design for the Environment Certification**
- No More Need for Trade Offs