Antimicrobial, anti-fungal, and antiviral agents destroy or inactivate pathogens on inert / inanimate surfaces, in water and in air. Not all of them have the same disinfection spectrum, this is why the choice of disinfectant depends on the application. There are disinfectants that target particular or numerous groups of pathogens. Disinfectants are different from other antimicrobial agents, such as antibiotics, which destroy microorganisms within the body, antiseptics, which destroy microorganisms on living tissue, and biocides that destroy all forms of life, not just microorganisms. Disinfectants work by destroying the cell wall of microorganisms, interfering with their metabolism, destroying their RNA, as well as inactivating viruses and killing bacterial spores.
Osorno offers antimicrobial agents with a wide spectrum of disinfection activity, that kill microorganisms and fungi, and inactivate viruses. These disinfectants have the following chemical agents in their formulations: chlorine dioxide, potassium monopersulphate, and hydrogen peroxide. In addition, Osorno offers alcohol based hand sanitizer.
In the current reality of the COVID-19 pandemic it is important not only to disinfect and/or wash hands, but also disinfect everything that gets touched in public places and stores.
Osorno Hand Sanitizer and Isopropyl Alcohol
It is important to know that hand sanitizers are not a replacement of hand washing. The hand washing with soap is preferred method of hands cleaning. Hand sanitizers are less effective for killing of particular pathogens than hands washing with soap and definitely they can not remove soil and chemicals from hands. It is important to remember that efficiency of hand sanitizers depends on their correct and proper application and their composition. In general exist two types of compositions of hand sanitizers: alcohol based and non-alcohol based. Alcohol based hand sanitizers contain either ethyl or isopropyl alcohols. A main active ingredients of non-alcohol hand sanitizers are usually Quats (quaternary ammonium compounds) or polychloro phenoxy phenol compounds. Non-alcohol based hand sanitizers considered less effective than alcohol-based ones.
“Alcohol” refers to two water-soluble chemical compounds — ethyl alcohol (ethanol) and isopropyl alcohol (propanol). Alcohol has bactericidal, fungicidal, and virucidal characteristics, but it is not effective against bacterial spores. The optimal bactericidal concentration of alcohol solutions is 60%–90% in water.
Hydrogen peroxide is very strong oxidant that is efficient against viruses, fungi, and bacteria in water, air, and on surfaces. The action time of hydrogen peroxide as a disinfectant is longer than chlorine dioxide and KMPS. Hydrogen peroxide can be used as water oxidant/disinfectant at concentrations between 30 and 300 mg/l (depend on water composition and application). For surface disinfection hydrogen peroxide should be used at the concentrations above 0.5% (5,00o ppm). It is important to remember that hydrogen peroxide may bleach surfaces and fabrics.
PowerOxide™ Chlorine Dioxide Manual Production Kits
The PowerOxide™ kit for the production of chlorine dioxide consists of two powder components – PowerOxide™ A and PowerOxide™ B. Chlorine dioxide is a multi-purpose fast acting disinfectant that is efficient against viruses, fungi, bacteria, bacterial spores and protozoans (single cell microorganisms) in water, air, and buildings. The concentration of chlorine dioxide produced from PowerOxide™ kit vary between 0.15 to 0.2% (1,500-2,000 ppm). Chlorine dioxide solution can be used for water and area disinfection in hospitals, laboratories, nursing homes, funeral homes, dental and veterinary facilities, animal husbandry operations, and anywhere else where simultaneous disinfection of water and building is required.
DisOx™ powder is a multi-purpose surface cleaner with antimicrobial activity. The main disinfecting ingredient in DisOx™ is potassium monopersulfate (KMPS). KMPS is the strongest oxidant from all oxidatnts used for water disinfection. Its oxidation potential exceeds hydrogen peroxide and ozone. DisOx™ is typically used for cleaning up potentially infectious spills, shock oxidation and disinfection of water distribution pipes, lagoons and ponds, and soaking equipment. It is neutral to a large variety of surfaces, does not bleach or stain them, and is not UV sensitive. The solution made from DisOx™ powder can be used in hospitals, laboratories, nursing homes, funeral homes, dental and veterinary facilities, animal husbandry operations, and anywhere else where simultaneous cleaning and antimicrobial control are required.