How Do You Disinfect Without Bleach?

February 07, 2019 Leave a Comment

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You've heard the word 'disinfect" and you've heard the word "sanitize." Is there a difference between the two? Basically, sanitizing is a process that kills almost all germs, where disinfecting kills all germs. Kitchens and restaurants typically sanitize while hospitals will disinfect, particularly areas where there has been an occurrence of blood and other bodily fluids. Disinfectants are typically stronger than sanitizing solutions because they are meant to completely destroy the bacteria.

Difference Between Disinfecting and Sanitizing

Can Bleach Disinfect?

Yes, bleach is a disinfectant. In fact, it is a strong disinfectant and is considered highly effective because the active ingredient is sodium hypochlorite, which alters and takes away protein in micro-organisms, making it effective for killing all types of bacteria, fungus, and viruses. The EPA actually describes a method for using household chlorine bleach for disinfecting water for human consumption in emergency situations, such as hurricanes. Bleach is one of those household ingredients that many DIY methods suggest using for a range of cleaning and sanitizing, including whitening tile grout, making clothes white, removing stains, etc. But, are there any dangers associated with bleach, though, and is bleach really the right choice for major disinfecting?

Dangers of Using Bleach as a Disinfectant and Cleaner

While there is no doubt bleach cleans and disinfects, there are many health issues associated with bleach that people don't think about. Many institutions automatically turn to bleach without considering the health risks involved. There's no question that bleach can be toxic if ingested, but even beyond this obvious point, bleach can be harmful. According to the EPA, bleach can emit fumes long after it has been used on a surface. These fumes, over time, can have negative effects on the health of employees where bleach is used as a primary disinfection method. The EPA goes on to state that people who have been exposed to bleach regularly are susceptible, and even more likely, to have respiratory illness. Some studies have even linked bleach to a higher instance of asthma and allergies.

You'd be surprised to know that many cleaners, sanitizers, and disinfectants we use every day are dangerous. Everything from kitchen cleaners and toilet cleaners to degreasers and drain cleaners harbor hidden dangers. Many of these products are used regularly in the workplace, often right alongside bleach. Bleach and ammonia are high on the list of dangerous cleaners. Bleach can be extremely dangerous when mixed with other cleaners. Unfortunately, many cleaning routines in commercial settings regularly mix bleach with other cleaning products on a regular basis, and without knowing how the chemical properties of bleach react with other cleaners, it's like playing in a laboratory (Bleach should never be mixed with any other chemical). With this in mind, finding ways to disinfect without bleach is a good idea, but how do you disinfect without bleach?

Toxic Bleach in Cleaning Products

Disinfecting Without Bleach

There are various DIY methods that can be used as a replacement for bleach. Hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar form the basis of many of these home solutions. Some of them work well as cleaners and can even kill a majority (up to 80% - leaving the surviving 20% to grow stronger creating superbugs) of some germs and bacteria. They are not as effective as bleach, of course, but they also don't pose the health risks of bleach either. One example of using these two ingredients together is to spray kitchen surfaces or areas where food is processed with vinegar and let it sit several minutes, then spray the same surface with hydrogen peroxide and let it sit a few minutes. According to the FDA and EPA, the combination of these two ingredients forms peracetic acid, which is a killer of salmonella, E. coli, and listeria.

The trick is convincing the commercial sector that it doesn't need to use bleach and other harsh products to sanitize and disinfect. From a commercial standpoint, we've been conditioned to believe that it takes harsh, powerful chemicals to sanitize and disinfect, but that simply isn't true. There are better, safer ways to disinfect without bleach or other harmful chemicals.

Better Options for Living Clean

Maybe you've heard about GenEon and about our advanced cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting solutions for schools, office buildings, and businesses. Our on-site generation allows consumers to safely generate cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting solutions as they need them, without the need to store and mix chemicals that could be dangerous. That's because our products are created using our on-site technology and use only energy, water, and minerals to create safer, effective solutions for sanitizing and disinfecting. This means getting the same results you would with bleach and other cleaning and sanitizing products without the threat posed by store-bought products.

How Does It Work?

Our products are created using On-Site Generators (OSG) technology. This method produces powerful cleaning, degreasing and sanitizing solutions from minerals, water, and electricity with a technology called electrochemically activated water (ECA) or electrolyzed water (EO). Natural minerals i.e. salt is a compound comprised of sodium and chloride. The sodium ions are positively charged while the chloride ions are negatively charged. Our GenEon Onsite Generators then expose these ions to a low electrical charge. The positive side of the charge electrochemically converts the chloride ion (Cl) to hypochlorous acid (HOCl), which is a powerful sanitizer. The negative side of the charge electrochemically converts the sodium ion (Na) into sodium hydroxide (NaOH), a cleaning compound often found in soaps and detergents.

GenEon's Solutions Contain Natural Minerals, Water and Electricity
Imagine no longer keeping an arsenal of dangerous chemical cleaners in the workplace. Eliminate the threat of accidents, save storage space, and save money. We also offer the most advanced, effective cleaning technology in the world. The Trio + and Trio Maxx systems are compact electro-chemical activation systems used with our cleaning catalysts to make powerful disinfecting products on demand. In addition, we offer advanced delivery systems to ensure proper cleaning and sanitizing coverage. Our Mist / bMist delivery systems are perfect for large areas and commercial settings. This is a misting delivery system that ensures the even distribution of our proprietary sanitizers and disinfectants over all surfaces and even hard-to-reach areas. With our advanced delivery systems and non-toxic disinfecting solutions, you will never need to resort to bleach and other harmful chemicals again. Another great addition to your cleaning and sanitizing arsenal is the InstaFlow system, which is ideal for commercial use. The InstaFlow system is a compact system for generating large quantities of GenEon's safe, sustainable cleaning and sanitizing products.

To learn more about our safer alternative to commercial cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting without bleach, call us at 866.217.0205.

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