Name: Wolf Wolfstar
Is a 1:100 dilution of 5.25%
sodium hypochlorite and water a good broad spectrum
disenfectant that can be used in commercial settings?
First of all a few definitions: Antiseptics are microbicidal agents
harmless enough to be applied to the skin and mucous membrane; should not
be taken internaslly. Examples: mercurials, silver nitrate, iodine
solution, alcohols, detergents.
Disinfectants are agents that kill microorganisms, but not necessarily
their spores,not safe for application to living tissues; they are used on
inanimate objects such as tables, floors, utensils, etc. Examples:
chlorine, hypochlorites, chlorine compounds, lye, copper sulfate,
quaternary ammonium compounds.
Sodium hypochlorite is the most widely used antimicrobial active chlorine
compound in chemical
The concentration you mention, 0.05%, corresponds to 0.5 g/l. This
concentration is sufficient for
bactericidal action, but the time required depends on the concentration.
As far as I know hypochlorite is commercially available for disinfectant
purposes. It is frequently
used in dentistry. It is not applied as an antiseptic (to desinfect skin)
because it is not harmless.
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