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Virkon is a multi-purpose disinfectant. It contains oxone (potassium peroxymonosulfate), sodium dodecylbenzenesulfonate, sulfamic acid, and inorganic buffers. It is typically used for cleaning up hazardous spills, disinfecting surfaces and soaking equipment. The solution is used in many areas, including hospitals, laboratories, nursing homes, funeral homes, dental and veterinary facilities, and anywhere else where control of pathogens is required.[1]

Virkon has a wide spectrum of activity against viruses, some fungi, and bacteria.[2] However, it is less effective against spores and fungi than some alternative disinfectants.[3]


  1. ^ Antec International (2003). Virkon Broad Spectrum Disinfectant (EPA Label). "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved November 22, 2006.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. ^ Gasparini, R.; T. Pozzi; R. Magnelli; D. Fatighenti; E. Giotti; G. Poliseno; M. Pratelli; R. Severini; P. Bonanni; L. De Feo (1995-04-01). "Evaluation of in vitro efficacy of the disinfectant Virkon". European Journal of Epidemiology. 11 (2): 193–197. doi:10.1007/BF01719487. PMID 7672075.
  3. ^ Hernndez, A.; E. Martró; L. Matas; M. Martín; V. Ausina (November 2000). "Assessment of in-vitro efficacy of 1% Virkon against bacteria, fungi, viruses and spores by means of AFNOR guidelines". Journal of Hospital Infection. 46 (3): 203–209. doi:10.1053/jhin.2000.0818. ISSN 0195-6701. PMID 11073729.

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