Normal Hydrogen peroxide  

Hydrogen peroxide is a wonderful disinfectant. It chemical formula is H2O2 and it break down to water (H2O) and oxygen (O2). Besides being effective again bacteria and fungus, it is also know to be an excellent virucide.

The downside of hydrogen peroxide is that it is highly unstable and will react with anything it can - including itself - in order to return to the more stable H2O and O2. Generally once applied the hydrogen peroxide will all be used up in about 20 minutes. The other downside is that because of this you need a fairly high dosage to achieve a good disinfection.

Loxyde

Loxyde uses hydrogen peroxide as its active ingredient. We chose this as it is environment friendly and effective against all types of micro-organisms (M.O.). Through the addition of carefully selected food-safe ingredients that also fully break down into water and oxygen we have created what we call an Activated & Stabilised hydrogen peroxide.

  • Activated: The oxidising effect (ie the killing action) of the hydrogen peroxide in Loxyde has been significantly increased due to changes at the molecular level. This means that Loxyde has a far stronger disinfection capability than normal hydrogen peroxide. Even dosed at 2% (down from 35%) it will still achieve an average of Log 6 reduction (99.9999%)

 

  • Stabilised: Through a natural "nano" protection method we prevent uncontrolled reaction of the hydrogen peroxide. This means that Loxyde will only react when required against micro-organisms and unwanted organic pollution such as biofilm and can be active on a surface for 24-48 hours and even much longer in water. The shelf-life is greatly increased to more than 2 years – 2 years being the maximum under EEC regulations. 

 

Disinfection

The components of an efficient disinfectant clean

For a thorough disinfection you need to use and appropriate disinfectant or biocide. Each disinfectant / biocide has different properties and choosing the right disinfectant / biocide will make all the difference to the final disinfection result.

When dealing with water system disinfection and clean you need to use a disinfectant / biocide with the following properties:

  1. Effective against micro-organisms

  2. Effective against biofilm

 

Other considerations when choosing an effective disinfectant / biocide

 

  1. Resistance by micro-organism to the disinfectant / biocide - this occurs with most disinfectants / biocides. It cannot happen with Loxyde.

  2. Using a disinfectant / biocide without odour, taste or colour is a distinct advantage.

  3. pH insensitivity is also important as many disinfectant / biocides do not work well at higher or lower pH.

  4. Temperature – many disinfectants / biocides are temperature restricted.

  5. Health and environmental impact – how safe is the disinfectant / biocide especially if you have to work in close proximity.

  6. Long term effectiveness –Mos disinfectants / biocides only work for a short period of time - eg.: 30 minutes. Most disinfectants must also be rinsed off after a small period of time after which re-infection will immediately occur.  Using a non-rinse disinfectant / biocide with a long lasting effect will safe time (cost) and prevent immediate reinfection.  

  7. Carcinogen? is your current biocide carcinogenic, will it create problems (possible lawsuits) in the long run? Using a safe biocide like Loxyde may save money in the long term.

 

 LOXYDE is perfectly suited to deal with all these requirements and even more

  1. Fast and long lasting effect (hours/days depending on dosage & fouling of system) on surfaces and water distribution systems.

  2. Does not have pH limitation.

  3. Highly effective even in low concentrations.

  4. Low corrosive.

  5. Elimination of (waterborne) pathogens in water systems.

  6. Effective in a wide range of temperatures up to the boiling point.

  7. Easy to apply, easy to monitor and very safe – breaks down completely into water and oxygen.

  8. Very cost effective compare to all other disinfectants.

  9. Tasteless and odourless.

  10. Highly effective against biofilm in water distribution systems.

  11. Low dosing / installation investment costs.

  12. Does not react with ammonia to form chloramines.

  13. Gentle to the skin.

  14. Biodegradable.

  15. Non-toxic.

  16. Not a known carcinogen.

  17. Does not contain any heavy metals - ie: silver or silver-nitrate.

  18. Micro-organisms cannot become resistant to Loxyde

 

                              Loxyde truly and simply the environmental disinfectant

 

LOXYDE AND BIOFILM

What is a Biofilm

  • Biofilm is a community of micro-organisms attached to a solid surface.

  • Biofilm community can include bacteria, fungi, yeasts, protozoa, virus and other micro-organisms.

  • Biofilm is a collection of micro-organisms surrounded by the slime they secrete, attached to either an inert or living surface.

 

Common examples of Biofilm:

  • The plaque on your teeth.

  • The slippery slime on river stones.

  • The gel-like film on the inside of a vase which held flowers for a week.

 

                                    Biofilm exists wherever surfaces contact water.

 

FACTS ABOUT BIOFILM

  • More than 99 percent of all bacteria live in Biofilm communities.

  • Biofilm can cause problems by corroding pipes, clogging water filters, blocking drip irrigation systems, constriction water flow and harbouring bacteria that contaminate drinking and irrigation water.

  • Biofilm is not removed or affected by chlorine, bromine or hot water. Although treatment of the water system will kill free swimming bacteria, it will not affect those in the Biofilm. Consequently a rapid re-infection of the water will occur.

  • Biofilm happily colonize many household surfaces. Poor disinfection practices and ineffective cleaning products may increase illnesses associated with pathogenic organisms associated with normal household activity.

  • Biofilm are responsible for diseases such as otitis media (ear infection), Legionnaire's disease (an acute respiratory infection resulting from the aspiration of Legionella which live in the Biofilm).

  • Biofilm are responsible for 80% of disease in horticulture when the biofilm is not removed from the irrigation system. Biofilm increases illness and mortality rate in animal farming.

  • Biofilm biofilm micro-organisms are inherently more aggressive and resistant than the same organism not originating from a biofilm. This makes them tougher to kill and increases the chances of diseases.

 

Loxyde and biofilm:

Loxyde is incredibly effective at removing and destroying biofilm as well as the bacteria in the biofilm. Once the system is clean a maintenance dosage of 20-50 ml/m3 water will prevent the return of biofilm and ensure low bacterial levels. Furthermore at that dosage rate it is fully safe for plants animals and people.

Loxyde is used by animal breeding companies to prevent biofilm in animal drinking water systems resulting in lower mortality and healthier animals. In horticulture Loxyde is used extensively in (drip) irrigation systems resulting in healthy plants, lower use of pesticides and higher yields.