Anti Bacterial Washing


Anyone visiting any shop lately, in the prusuit of anti-bacterial handwash may have noticed that a lot of places have sold out.

Alcohol does kill most natsy germs but it can also dry the skin and so, should be used with some caution, ever bearing in mind that any alcohol based cleanser needs to be at least 60% alcohol. Still, one of the best anti bacterial products against the Coronavirus is good old fashioned soap, rigourously used, of course.

Many will have watched the hospital dramas on television and seen the diligence applied by many in the medical profession when it comes to washing their hands. Basically, copy it.

People may have glycolic acid and salicylic acid cleansers which also have an anti-bacterial function as yet, I have not been able to clearly understand if that action is enough to kill the coronavirus.

Coronaviruses (CoV) belong to the large family Coronaviridae within the order of Nidovirales. Several human pathogenic strains (HCoV) are known to mainly cause respiratory diseases. While most strains contribute to common cold-like illnesses others lead to severe infections. Most prominent representatives are SARSCoV and MERS-CoV, which can lead to fatal infections with around 10% and 39% mortality, respectively.

Some of the best (I am told) anti-viral "kill just about anything" products are based on Hypochlorus Acid which is significantly more advanced than existing skin disinfection chemistries. The main main benefits are that it has a skin neutral pH, is a non-irritant and non-sensitising even to sensitive skin as well as leaving no chemical residues. One of the major product lines is NatraSan. NatraSan Skin delivers ultimate levels of skin and tissue disinfection and is powerfully bactericidal, virucidal, fungicidal and sporicidal. NatraSan Skin is also incredibly fast acting and kills pathogens through oxidation – on contact. NatraSan Skin has been independently tested to 12 EN standards.

Another good option is to get hold of a bottle of a product called Barbicide (or ask your local hairdresser for some). Barbicide is a combination of a germicide, pseudomonacide, fungicide, and a viricide effective against HIV-1 (AIDS ), Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C - so it is fairly sure that Covid-19 will stand little chance (NOTE: This is not a proven fact but it is by far and away the best, at present, available). You can then take some baby wipes and "infuse" them with a diluted mixture, or a small amount of product added neat and then wipe all surfaces. DO NOT use the wipes on your hands or skin, but you can use them to "refresh" any latex gloves you may be wearing when going out. Take some of your wipes with you when you go shopping and wipe your basket or trolley, wipe your car door handles, your mailbox... antyhing you have to touch that others may have touched before.

Whatever you do, though, do not let your "infused" wipes anywhere near a baby!

Stay safe!

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