What is Hydrogen Peroxide?
Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical compound made up of two hydrogen atoms and two oxygen atoms. Hydrogen peroxide is naturally occurring, produced by plant and animal cells, and small amounts of gaseous hydrogen peroxide occur naturally in the air.
It is an oxidizing agent that is unstable (molecularly) and decomposes quickly into only water and oxygen offering superb biodegradable properties. Unfortunately, regular hydrogen peroxide decomposes quickly limiting its effectiveness, particularly in water.
What is Stabilised Hydrogen Peroxide?
Stabilised Hydrogen Peroxides are formulated to sustain the effectiveness of the disinfection and cleaning effect to provide a more powerful disinfection solution.
Essentially the hydrogen peroxide oxidation is made to last longer, allowing it to be more effective for use in cleaning and disinfection but also making it a strong water disinfection option. However, not all stabilised hydrogen peroxides are based on the same technology and therefore are not always alike.
The formulation of the stabilisation is important to ensure the biodegradability properties of regular hydrogen peroxide is retained and only water and oxygen are formed as by-products to the cleaning and disinfection process.
How is Stabilised Hydrogen Peroxide good for cleaning and disinfection?
The effectiveness of hydrogen peroxide as a cleaning and disinfection agent has been established and with stabilisation of the formula the applications and uses for the product become many, but how does it work?
The stabilised hydrogen peroxide formula exerts its oxidizing activity, producing free radicals which leads to oxidative damage to proteins and membrane lipids.
Free radicals are unpaired electrons seeking another electron to become a pair, this process attracts the disinfectant formula to the bacterium/micro-organism. Once in contact the hydrogen peroxide physically destroys in a way that cannot be resisted.
Restabilisation of the hydrogen peroxide formula occurs once the bacterium or micro-organism is no longer present. Any un-used hydrogen peroxide re-bonds and re-stabilises with silver ions continuing to disinfect and meaning the only by-products of the hydrogen peroxide cleaning and disinfection process is water (h20) and oxygen (02).
What is stabilised hydrogen peroxide effective against?
Due to its strong oxidizing properties stabilised hydrogen peroxide can be used to disinfect against bacteria, viruses, mould, fungi, and more. Also, at correct dose rates it can penetrate and remove biofilms.
Other more traditional disinfection chemistries cannot penetrate and remove biofilms at a compliant dose rate. Biofilm removal is essential for a clean water system as biofilms can provide environments that harbour and proliferate bacteria and micro-organisms.
Is EndoSan hydrogen peroxide?
Yes, EndoSan is the market leading stabilised hydrogen peroxide. It is BPR compliant and approved by NSF International as an ANSI/CAN 60 approved drinking water treatment chemical. No harmful by-products are formed during the disinfection process, degrading only to water and oxygen.