With the recent surge of deadly viruses and bacteria like the H1N1, norovirus, and MRSA, there is a growing need to keep our surroundings clean and germ-free. However, the increasing resistance of microorganisms and the worsening state of our environment also highlight the urgency to use disinfectants and sanitizers that are safe and eco-friendly. Bio sanitation, a newly developed method of cleaning and disinfection addresses both these needs.
Bio sanitation is the process of disinfecting and sanitizing surfaces using merely boosted and ionized tap water and steam. The electrolyzed water called bio sanitizer can be used in homes, hospitals, factories, and offices.
Unlike traditional sanitation methods that only remove visible dirt like soil, bio sanitation leaves no residue as it cleans up minute invisible particles such as dust, aerosols, excess moisture, and other bio-chemicals in the air and on surfaces.
A bio sanitizer is also more effective in killing lethal germs. Other disinfectants only inactivate the cells of harmful microorganisms while bio sanitizer digests the cells and turns it into water and oxygen.
Impact on Health and Environment
Bio sanitation is chemical-free so it does not pose any health and environmental risk. In contrast, most existent products have toxic compounds that cause illnesses and pollute air and water sources. In fact, because of their potential toxicity, common disinfectants and sanitizers are classified as pesticides by the US Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
For instance, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in disinfectants like alcohol, aldehydes, phenols, and quaternary ammonia react with sunlight and other contaminants to produce smog. VOCs are also known to cause respiratory infections, cancer, skin irritations, allergy, asthma, damage to the central nervous system, kidneys, and liver.
Similarly, phosphate, a compound found in some cleaning products, was discovered to be one of the major water pollutants lethal to marine life. Sodium hypochlorite in bleach also produces deadly chloramine gas when mixed with ammonia. Chlorine in wastewater may further form carcinogenic compounds. Some products even contain Triclosan, a biocide that increase the resistance of bacteria against antibiotics and therefore threatens human health and wildlife.
No doubt, there are many commercialized disinfectants available but now, using them frequently appears to defeat their purpose. For the present and the future generation, the safer and more sustainable process of bio sanitation definitely looks like the better alternative.
- cleaning and sanitising purposes in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes
- disinfectant for instruments, equipment and surfaces in hospitals, factories, offices and households
- hygienic sanitizer in household
- decontamination of fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, meat and poultry
- natural preservative in agriculture, food and cosmetic industry
- potable water treatment
- US Environmental Protection Agency http://www.epa.gov/oecaagct/lfra.html
- National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) http://www.niaid.nih.gov
- Drinking Water and Ground Water Protection Division http://wastewater.vt.gov/