Disinfectants: Looking For A Green Alternative?

There are many lessons to learn from the COVID-19 -19 pandemic, including the impact of the environment pollutants on our health.

There are many lessons to learn from the COVID-19 -19 pandemic, including the impact of the environment pollutants on our health.

Did you know that scientific studies found that pollution made COVID-19 worse, and significantly increased the risk of dying from this infection?  On the other hand the lockdowns cleared the air- temporarily, of course. [R], [R]. The big question is: How can we create a better, less polluted, greener world for ourselves and the future generations?

The Problem: Chemical Cleaning Products Play A Key Role In The Environmental Pollution

It all starts with the choices we make. Chemical disinfectants play an important role in environmental pollution. You may think that the cleaning products from your kitchen cabinet are not that harmful compared with other substances, like the fuel you use for your car. But here is the hard truth: “ for every kilogram of fuel that is burned, only about one gram ends up in the air. For these household and personal products, some compounds evaporate almost completely.”, says Joost de Gouw, the author of a research study at the University of Colorado in Boulder. [R]

The Solution ? Switch To Green Disinfectants

  1. Green Cleaning Products.

Eco-friendly products are now available in major stores all around the world. Plenty of green disinfectants can be purchased online, as well. These types of cleaning products are safe, biodegradable, non-toxic, and often are created with sustainable packaging, which makes them safe for both you and the planet. Green disinfectants can help lessen the water and air pollution, and therefore fight climate change and ozone depletion. You can even create your homemade eco-friendly products with vinegar, baking soda and a few drops of essential oil.

However, for surfaces that require deep disinfection from a wide range of microbes, you should consider the next option.

  1. Disinfection With UV Light

You can use the power of ultraviolet (UV light) to disinfect many surfaces. UV light has three main wavelength categories: UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C. According to the Centre of Disease Control and Prevention, the entire UV spectrum can kill or inactivate a number of bacteria and viruses, but only UVC light has the most “germicidal effect” [R]

UV light breaks apart the DNA/RNA or the microbes, leaving them unable to reproduce. Since this form of light is so powerful, antibiotic resistant bacteria such as MRSA and VRE, fungi and protozoa like Giradia, Candida albicans and Aspergillus, as well as many viruses: hepatitis A, polio, rotaviruses and even the novel coronavirus Sars-Cov-2 are all sensitive to UV C light. [R], [R], [R],R], [R]

Sanitizing with UV-C light has been around for many decades. Today hospitals, ambulances, airplanes, and train stations are using the UVC devices to keep facilities clean and disinfected.

PXL Sanitizer – The Green Disinfectant For Keyboards, Mice, Remote Controls and More

Our PXL Sanitizer would be a great disinfection option for companies that want to create a greener world.  PXL can effectively disinfect keyboards, mice, which carry 5-10 times more microbes than toilet seats.  Remote controls, wallets, glasses, keys, cell phones can also be quickly and effectively disinfected with PXL Sanitizer. It works well and it works fast, killing millions of bacteria in seconds. Do you need a green disinfectant for other surfaces, perhaps larger surfaces? Custom designs are available, please email us with details.

Important safety note: like any other UVC device, PXL Sanitizer should be used on surfaces only. Avoid skin or eye exposure to any UVC light.

Referencs

https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/files/covid-pm/files/pm_and_covid_mortality.pdf

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/23/coronavirus-pandemic-leading-to-huge-drop-in-air-pollution

https://pennstate.pure.elsevier.com/en/publications/inactivation-of-staphylococcus-aureus-by-pulsed-uv-light-steriliz

http://www.waterpathogens.org/book/physical-disinfectants

https://sfamjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1365-2672.2009.04545.x

https://melitta-uv.com/apply/COVID-19/

https://www.xenex.com/resources/news/xenex-lightstrike-robot-destroys-sars-cov-2-coronavirus-in-2-minutes/

 

UV Source

Electrical Efficiency (%)

UV Efficiency

(%)

UV Intensity

(W/cm²)

Treatment time

UV/ Output Spectrum

PXL

15-20

17

30,000

ms-min

wide spectrum/

polychromatic

170-1000 nms

 

LPM

50

38

0.01

s-min

Monochromatic 253.7 nm

LED- UVC

60

10

0.001

h

Narrow spectrum

 

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When asking which is the best uv sanitizer, there are few more important things to consider. Was your device tested by a third party, independent laboratory? Does it come with a full training manual and safety instructions? Does the manufacturer comply with international standard certifications like ISO 9001 ?

PXL products offered by IZAK Scientific are created by scientists with a proven record of excellence. The devices are based on use of advanced pulsed xenon light, they are third party tested and our company has been assessed and complies with ISO 9001-2015. Whether you need small or larger surfaces for disinfection, IZAK Scientific has a solution for you. Full training and safety instructions available. Email us today!

References:

https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/guidelines/disinfection/introduction.html
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/5393412_Comparative_disinfection_efficiency_of_pulsed_and_continuous-wave_UV_irradiation_technologies
https://www.fda.gov/media/101349/download
https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/guidelines/disinfection/
“Ultraviolet Light in Food Technology: Principles and Applications” By Tatiana Koutchma

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