Thymol botanical disinfectants are a safe alternative to chemical hand sanitizers like Purell. We are using CleanWell, Benefect and Seventh Generation products currently in the office. These products are in shortage in stores right now. We should be having some Benefect available for patients to purchase in the coming days. I am pasting below some info from the sister companies Benefect and CleanWell below.
Do Disinfectants Protect Against Novel Coronaviruses?
Per the EPA, coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the COVID-19 outbreak, are enveloped viruses. That means they’re one of the easiest to kill with the appropriate disinfectant product. Under the EPA Emerging Pathogen Guidance, EPA-registered disinfectant products that have registered efficacy against at least one large or one small non-enveloped virus are eligible for use against an enveloped emerging viral pathogen.
The EPA list referenced by the CDC includes disinfecting products that have the Emerging Pathogen Claim designation. The list is updated as products are added to it. CleanWell has submitted for approval to be added to this list.
CleanWell®’s Disinfectants Kill 99.99% of Germs and Cold and Flu Viruses. *Thymol, the active ingredient in our Botanical Disinfecting Wipes and Disinfectant Sprays, is EPA-approved and proven to kill over 99.99% of common household germs. *Specifically – Influenza A virus, (including the Pandemic 2009 H1N1 Influenza A virus), Influenza A Avian (H3N2) virus, Norovirus, Rhinovirus type 37, Salmonella enterica, Staphylococcus aureus, Methicillin Resistant S. aureus (MRSA), Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and others on hard, nonporous surfaces.
Does CleanWell® Protect Against Novel Coronavirus?
CleanWell® has recently submitted our Disinfecting Wipes and Disinfectant Sprays for approval under the Emerging Pathogen Claim to cover SARS-CoV-2.
CleanWell® personal careUse on skin (FDA regulated)Hand Soap Is Your First Line of DefenseThe CDC and WHO recommend washing your hands with soap and water as the first and best defense against fighting germs and viruses. If soap and water are not available, they recommend using an alcohol-based (60% or more) hand sanitizer. This guidance is not new for the current Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) situation; it has always been their recommendation for fighting germs in an effort to stay healthy.
What About CleanWell® Hand Sanitizers?
CleanWell® Botanical Hand Sanitizers are proudly free of alcohol and harsh chemicals (including: Triclosan, Benzalkonium Chloride, Parabens) and are non-flammable. Our products provide consumers with an alternative that moisturizes with aloe and oats and is great for kids or those with sensitive skin.
How Effective Are CleanWell® Hand Sanitizers?
Thymol, the plant-based active ingredient in our hand sanitizing products, does kill germs botanically. We have 3rd party data to support the effectiveness of our products against many types of organisms; however, we cannot publish the specifics of this testing as the FDA prohibits manufacturers from making viral reduction claims, particularly about novel coronavirus. This applies to all brands, even those with the CDC recommended 60% alcohol active. Additionally, testing for this novel coronavirus is unavailable, so no hand sanitizer can make a kill claim at this time. We continue to work with the FDA as it implements its regulatory plan for hand sanitizers as a product category.
Tips for Reducing Your Risk of Infection.
It is important to keep in mind that while hand sanitizer does reduce the most common germs and bacteria, no hand sanitizer kills them all. The most effective methods for combating germs and viruses remain the same—wash your hands, disinfect surfaces, refrain from touching your face, and avoid contact with those who are sick