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Sanitization may be very dangerous

Sanitization may be very dangerous

Sanitization can actually do a lot of harm if done improperly

We all know and been educated on how to keep our hands clean. Soap, hand-sanitizer and gloves do the job.

But what about sanitizing all around us? Are the chemicals used safe for our health? Maybe the chemicals used are actually more dangerous than whatever else they were supposed to clean?

Let’s try to find out.


Bleaching powder mixed with water

Dangerous in all concentration levels.

Human safety:

Safe for skin: very irritating, may cause burning
Safe for inhaling: lethal damage of lungs, very hazardous
Safe for eyes: very irritating, high risk to loose sight

COVID-19 protection:

World Health Organisation is NOT recommending usage of bleaching powder as sanitizer effective against COVID-19.

Environment safety:

Electronics/LCD screens: high risk of damage
Leather furniture: high risk of damage, discolouration etc.
Fabrics, textiles: high risk of damage, discolouration etc.
Wood, lacquered wood: high risk of damage
Living beings (animals, plants): lethal to plants, dangerous to animals

Conclusion

Please do not use any bleaching powder as sanitizer. It is unclear if it kills all of viruses, but very clear on how dangerous this chemical is.


ProAkt 32 or other Quaternary Ammonium Compounds

Human safe level: 0.25% concentration (as per International Journal of Toxicology, 16:195-220, 1997)
Sanitization effective level: 2.50% concentration (10x higher as Human Safe Concentration)

Human safety:

Safe for skin: irritating, may cause burning
Safe for inhaling: risk of damage of lungs, hazardous, medical assistance required
Safe for eyes: irritating, risk to loose sight, medical assistance required

COVID-19 protection:

World Health Organisation is NOT recommending usage of quaternary ammonium compounds as sanitizer, although there is a track of antiviral properties of QAC.

Environment safety:

Electronics/LCD screens: moderate risk of damage
Leather furniture: high risk of damage, discolouration etc.
Fabrics, textiles: high risk of damage, discolouration etc.
Wood, lacquered wood: risk of damage
Living beings (animals, plants): dangerous to plants, dangerous to animals

Conclusion

Use under heavy supervising for safety reasons with Eye Protection and Inhale Protection. Careful with plants and animals.
Only for disinfecting outside areas. Not safe inside, as ammonium compounds may react with many surfaces.


Fumigation (really?)

We must admit that some of the ideas we picked from the market are actually more dangerous than COVID-19 itself. The fumigation will NOT kill or deactivate any virus, this is process for pest control most commonly used to kill mosquitos.
Most commonly used pesticides are methyl bromide or phosphine, extremely dangerous also from ecological point of view as both are greenhouse gases.

Human safety:

Safe for skin: very irritating, may cause burning
Safe for inhaling: risk of damage of lungs, brain damage, extremely dangerous
Safe for eyes: very irritating, risk to loose sight, medical assistance required

Pesticides are extremely dangerous for its carcinogenic properties!!!

COVID-19 protection:

World Health Organisation is NOT recommending usage of pest control pesticides against COVID-19 viruses.

Environment safety:

Electronics/LCD screens: moderate risk of damage
Leather furniture: risk of damage, discolouration etc.
Fabrics, textiles: risk of damage, discolouration etc.
Wood, lacquered wood: risk of damage
Living beings (animals, plants): dangerous to animals

Conclusion

Not working against viruses. Human beings are very vulnerable to the chemical. Extremely dangerous.


IPA or Isopropyl Alcohol (Rubbing Alcohol)

Effective cleaning aid focused on fat removing. COVID-19 has a fat-based encapsulation, therefore IPA is working perfectly.
Concentration level: above 60% mixed with water

Human safety:

Safe for skin: irritating, may cause dry skin
Safe for inhaling: risk of damage of lungs when inhaled
Safe for eyes: irritating,

COVID-19 protection:

World Health Organisation is recommending usage of IPA against COVID-19 viruses.

Environment safety:

Electronics/LCD screens: moderate risk of damage
Leather furniture: moderate risk of damage, discolouration etc.
Fabrics, textiles: no risk
Wood, lacquered wood: no risk
Living beings (animals, plants): irritating

Conclusion

Relatively safe, although irritating on skin, eyes or in lungs. Effective against viruses and germs in 60% and higher concentration.
Low quality IPA may leave a film of difficult to remove dirt on surfaces.


Sodium Hypochlorite

Very dangerous to both viruses / germs as well as human beings. For more please consult the Swiss document: Sodium hypochlorite-msds

Human safety:

Safe for skin: very irritating, may cause dry, cracking skin; ingested can cause severe corrosion of and damage to the gastrointestinal tract (including mouth, throat, and esophagus).
Safe for inhaling: extremely high risk of damage of lungs when inhaled
Safe for eyes: extremely irritating

COVID-19 protection:

World Health Organisation is recommending usage of Sodium Hypochlorite against COVID-19 viruses.

Environment safety:

Electronics/LCD screens: high risk of damage of electronics
Leather furniture: moderate risk of damage, discolouration etc.
Fabrics, textiles: moderate risk of discolouration
Wood, lacquered wood: no risk
Living beings (animals, plants): very high risk of irritating

Conclusion

Extremely efficient sanitizer which actually is a ticking bomb when used by untrained personnel. Reacts with steel, emitting lots of oxygen, making the mixture flammable. When ignited emission of chloric acid in form of a gas may kill.


Ozone Sanitization (O³)

Ozone is a molecule of atmospheric oxygen with 3 atoms. After short period of time Ozone deteriorates into normal oxygen.
Ozone is an extremely efficient method of sanitization, as it reaches all surfaces, air conditioning ducts and areas usually inaccessible with hand or tool.

Human safety:

Safe for skin: completely safe
Safe for inhaling: only short time exposure possible, should not be inhaled by pregnant or minors.
Safe for eyes: completely safe

COVID-19 protection:

World Health Organisation is recommending usage of Ozone against COVID-19 viruses.

Environment safety:

Electronics/LCD screens: completely safe
Leather furniture: completely safe
Fabrics, textiles: completely safe
Wood, lacquered wood: completely safe
Living beings (animals, plants): completely safe for plants, only small exposure suggested for animals

Conclusion

The safest of the modern sanitizers available on the market. Requires specific equipment and trained professional. No chemicals usage. Very low ecological impact. Very versatile and complex surface sanitizer.


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