News and information from the world of NatraSan, plus some of the science and research behind the products.

Hypochlorous – killing germs naturally and rapidly

There are numerous alcohol-based skin sanitisers on the market and there is no doubt they can help in the battle to eliminate germs. However, the use of alcohol in these preparations can strip away the skin’s natural sebum and lipids which help protect its surface. Alcohol is not as effective at removing certain types of germs, including Clostridium difficile and norovirus, and many people don’t realise that hand sanitisers which are based on it can take around ten to twelve minutes to sanitise fully.

If you’re a NatraSan user, you’ll probably know that our products don’t contain alcohol, and our main ingredient is hypochlorous, the body’s own natural antiseptic.

Years of hard work went into bringing NatraSan to the market, and we’re evangelical about the role of hypochlorous and why it’s a faster antiseptic, more effective and much better for your skin than alcohol-based sanitisers.

Here are five amazing facts about hypochlorous:

  • It’s produced naturally in human and animal immune systems, and it’s the substance the cells in our bodies use to fight infection and kill germs.
  • It’s one of the most effective known biocides and is capable of killing 99.9999% of pathogens, which are the bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeasts, mould and other micro-organisms which cause disease.
  • It’s completely safe for humans and animals.
  • It’s completely environmentally friendly and biodegrades rapidly.
  • It kills pathogens in seconds.

Hypochlorous was first discovered in the nineteenth century, but it wasn’t produced by scientists until the 1960s. However, it was unstable, so it wasn’t possible to manufacture it for the market because of the resulting inability to guarantee a shelf life. Achieving this was our ultimate goal when we took up the challenge of making a significant difference to global hygiene and healthcare.

You can imagine the elation when our team of dedicated scientists made the breakthrough. NatraSan is a stabilised optimum strength hypochlorous solution with a shelf life of a year. We were determined not to use preservatives or stabilising agents so this stability arises from the development of our electrodialysis manufacturing process.

For our peace of mind and in order that our customers would have complete confidence in NatraSan, we wanted to ensure that it was rigorously tested and validated by as many independent bodies as possible. Click here to read the lengthy list! In addition, our product range is also compliant with and approved under the European Biocidal Products Regulations EU528/2012, the only hypochlorous range to be recognised under this directive.

We’re exceptionally proud of our products and of the job they do fighting pathogens in hospitals, supermarkets, veterinary clinics, the agricultural sector, food production, and numerous other areas.

Don’t just take our word for it though – try NatraSan Antiseptic Spray for yourself. Not only is it alcohol-free, it contains no preservatives or fragrances, doesn’t sting, can be used on hard or soft surfaces and is safe for everyone from babies to the elderly – including the family dog! We also produce a handy travel version for when you’re out and about.