FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Does Hygiene of Sweden kill Corona Virus?

In our formula, we have an active ingredient that is effective against the same virus type as Corona (CoV-2).
Corona Virus is a so called “enveloped virus” and are normally easier to kill than so called “non-enveloped” viruses ie. Norovirus.
Main virus are either envelope or non-envelope virus.  Our main active ingredient DDAC , with our percentage will most likely kill envelope virus, example like:
· Herpesviruses (e.g. Epstein-Barr virus, Herpes simplex, Bovine alphaherpesvirus 1 (causing Bovine Rhinotracheitis), suid herpesvirus 1 (causing pseudorabies=Aujeszky’s disease))
· Poxviruses (e.g. smallpox, vaccinia virus)
· Hepadnaviruses (e.g. Hepatitis B virus)
· Asfarviridae (e.g. African Swine fewer)
· Flavivirus (e.g. Hepatitis C, yellow fever virus, Zika virus, dengue virus)
· Alphavirus (e.g. eastern equine encephalitis virus)
· Togavirus (e.g. Alphavirus)
· Coronavirus (e.g. SARS virus, MERS virus, novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV – Wuhan coronavirus outbreak))
· Hepatitis D virus
· Orthomyxovirus (e.g. Influenca virus A (H1N1-swine flu, H3N2-Hong Kong flu, H9N2-avain influenza, H3N8, H5N1, H5N2…), Influenca virus B, Influenca virus C, Influenca virus D)
· Paramyxovirus (e.g. mumps virus, human parainfluenza virus, measles virus, canine distemper virus, rinderpest virus)
· Rhabdovirus (e.g. rabies virus)
· Bunyavirus (e.g. Hantavirus, California encephalitis virus, Congo hemorrharic fever virus)
· Filovirus (e.g. Ebola virus, Marburg virus)
· Retrovirus (e.g. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Mouse mammary tumor virus)
· Arteriviridae (e.g. Porcine Respiratory and Reproductive Syndrome Virus (PRRSV))
Beside this our formulation have also been proven to kill with our formula the non enveloped NORO virus.

Does Hygiene of Sweden stop the spreading of Corona Virus?

YES. According to WHO the most effective way to stop spreading the virus is keeping a high level of hand hygiene.
Hygiene of Swedens formula has not only shown efficacy against viruses and bacteria but according to clinical studies gives a “significant higher” cleansing effect when applied than soap and water.
We still recommend using soap and water but this is a outstanding complement to put in your pocket while travelling, dining, working and want to assure yourself about having clean hands.
Clean hands is the safest way to protect yourself. Water-based hand sanitizing is better for you and worse for the bacteria.

How do I use Hygiene of Swedens antibacterial solution?

Push the foam from the bottle and rub it, especially on the fingertips. Let it air dry, your hands should not be washed with water after you applied the solution.

You may also use it on a screen. Apply foam or spray, make sure to cover entire screen surface and wipe down with a piece of cloth. Don’t forget the backside of the phone or tablet if applicable.

Is the product in any way dangerous to use?

No. Hygiene of Swedens antibacterial and other products are environmentally friendly and completely safe to use.

Avoid spraying into eyes since it may cause minor irriation, but if it happens you can rinse it out with water.

Is it flammable?

No. Our antibacterial contains no alcohol.

What is the active ingredient?

We use multiple active ingredients in our antibacterial solution. We combine them with a plus-charged polymer to make the solution adhere to any surface and this gives the solution a long lasting effect. The combination is very effective in killing bacteria and viruses without the risk of getting resistant bacteria.

How do I know the antibacterial works?

Hygiene of Sweden is one of the products on the market that has undergone the most testing. Tests show that Bacteria Shield kills 99.999% of bacteria and viruses. Have
passed Europé standard EN 1500 and EN 13 697. Approved in Europe, FDA in Thailand, India and approved by hospital of Dubai.

What is the difference between killing 99.999% and 99%?

Short answer is that the product is much more effective. If a product is 99% effective. 1 out of every 100 bacteria survive. 99,999% means that 1 in 100000 bacteria survive – which is 1000 times more effective.

Having a product that only kills 99% can be dangerous if the remaining 1% is resistent. This 1% bacteria can very quickly create a resistant strain that is 100% immune to the active ingredient previously used to kill it.

Hygiene of Swedens antibacterial uses multiple active ingredients preventing resistance in bacteria.

Can children use the hand foam?

Absolutely. Also, Hygiene of Sweden Baby smooth is exclusively for babies which prevents the rashes caused by regular diaper usage.

I have hand rashes from rubber gloves. Is the product still safe?

Yes. Using the antibacterial can help your skin to heal.

How long is the long lasting protection?

The protection depends on how quickly the invisible protection wears off.

The factors we need to consider are if the hands are washed, rubbed against objects, sweat, gloves etc.

Can i use antibacterial on surfaces?

Yes. The formula is adapted to be used on any type of surface.

We especially recommend to use it on mobile phone screens, aeroplane traytables and other surfaces which are frequently used, but rarely cleaned.

Is the antibacterial effective against MRSA?

Yes. It is fully active against MRSA.

What is EN1500?

EN 1500 is a quality review of agents for hygienic hand disinfection. Hygiene of Swedens antibacterial is well documented by various European standards and has been tested according to EN 1500 and received approval.

Never buy or use a hygienic product that does not meet these requirements.

How does it compared to alcohol based sanitizers?

Alcohol based hand sanitizer work by poisoning bacteria trough an single active substance and they stop being active once they have dried out.

Hygiene of Swedens antibacterial  is an advanced formulation that affects both bacteria in a chemical and physical way. That way you will continue to be protected even when it becomes dry.

How long does it last?

In Europe there is not a standardized test for long term effect.

While most commonly used hand sanitizers today is based on alcohol that we know is only effective before evaporation. Depending one the percentage of alcohol it evaporates within 10-15 seconds and there is no effect at all after evaporation.

Our formula does not evaporate, is designed to prolong our natural immune system (rather than dissolving the skin moisture) by adding a protective layer at the top of the skin. By an enlarged molecular size it does not penetrate the skin.

It is consisting of a cationic biopolymer that is attaching to negative surfaces (ie. the skin) and to get it off you need to tear it off or use an an anion surfactants (soap).

Nothing last for ever but our philosophy is giving you something that is not a short term solution.

How is the environmental footprint for your hand sanitizer?

Today the world’s hands are bathing in alcohol. Alcohol pretty much got synonymous to hand sanitising.

To produce on liter of Ethanol takes about 3 kilos of a crop and is a CO2 (carbon dioxide) expensive process. Cultivating the crop (fertilisers, pesticides etc), transportation, fermentation, destillation…

Our formula is water based and designed to be environmentally friendly.

Since its more effective than alcohol we also claim that staying away from a hospital is a great contribution for the environment as the health care industry is responsible for about 10% of the total emission of CO2.

Also 15% of the waste produced by the hospitals are considered hazardous waste. Equivalent to approximately 0,5 kilos / day / bed.

Our philosophy is to always ask ourselves “How can we make a product that is functional, effective and still be completely regulated by authorities and leave a minimal foot print on the planet?”

We use active ingredients, depending on local regulations to be in compliance and to have the effect needed for our product. But more interesting is the minimal amount of something needed to be effective.

That is where science and talent comes in.

Our process for formulation leaves doe not leave any doors unopened, stones not turned and no conclusions not challenged.

Our lab specialises in green bio science. To be effective and at the samt time compliant and more environmentally friendly is what makes our work at the lab always fun and exciting.

Leave a small footprint on the planet with your hands.

Is your Antibacterial formula a classified?

No. Our formula has no classifications.

Alcohol is a very dangerous classified chemical that should be avoided at a lot of places just because of its risk for fire.

With our water-based formula you can actually instead put out a fire.

Ref. IATA is requiring certain approvals for carrying it onboard

https://www.iata.org/contentassets/90f8038b0eea42069554b2f4530f49ea/covid-19-dangerous-goods-guidance.pdf

Can I use this spray on my touch screen?

Yes. Spray and wipe it off after a little bit. Avoid liquid close to openings or microphones etc.

Is this formula as effective as alcohol?

The answer is no. It is more effective.

Here is some of the main differences from a chemical substance that has antiseptic characteristics (Alcohol) and a formula designed to be antiseptic and adapted for its purpose.

Alcohol has a very fast and physical effect against microbes. It is killing bacterias and viruses by dissolving them. Since alcohol is evaporating in a normal atmosphere the effect only lasts for 10-15s (depending on the % of the alochol).

So how ofter should I use alcohol? Well if you think that you are in an environment that potentially could contain bacterias or viruses the answer then is every 10-15s.

Hygiene of Swedens Antibacterial formula does not evaporate. This means longer protection and a longer contact time towards bacteria and viruses.

Our clinical studies has shown positive effect against ie. Norovirus. This is a complicated (non-enveloped virus) to kill and alcohol has not been effective against this virus.

Alcohol attacks bacteria only in one way (as a solvent) and this has lead to that some bacteria gain resistans against alcohol (Ref. at the bottom to published studies on this subject).

Hygiene of Swedens Antibacterial formula is designed to not create MRSA (Multi resistant bacteria) and is attacking microbes both in a physical and chemical way.

Read more:

“Alcohol handwash is becoming less effective against some strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, but it doesn’t mean we stop sanitising our hands
By Dr Daryl Holland, University of Melbourne”

https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/is-this-the-end-for-alcohol-handwash-in-hospitals

A recently published study on how some bacterias are getting more and more tolerant towards alcohol by the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity and Austin Health published in Science Translational Medicine:

http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/10/452/eaar6115?rss=1

Is it true hand sanitizers has to be over 62% ethanol to be effective?

This is both true and false.

True; talking about alcohol based hand sanitisers that higher alcohol % the faster and more effective it is (but it also has more negative side effects like evaporating faster, more aggressive towards your skin etc, more CO2 expensive production).

Also the last years studies showing that bacteria gains resistance towards alcohol forced the alcohol based sanitisers to increase the % to avoid to create multi resistant bacteria (MRSA).

False; if your antibacterial formula contains 0% and has clinical documentation against both viruses and bacteria. 

Is the Antibacterial product approved by FDA?

Different countries have different regulations regarding biocidal products.

Our compliance expertise is working on always making sure that we follow the lastest requirement by the local health authorities.

Some examples:

USA – FDA is regulating the market and provides a guideline for products to follow to be compliant. There is no registration to apply for.

Sweden – Swedish Chemical Inspection is regulating the market and we have a registration of the formula since 2011

Estonia – Health Board is regulating the market and we have a registration since 2018

Russia – Our local partner selling to pharmacies has registered the products in the register of biocidal products.

India, Thailand and other markets we are working with local authorities to make sure we are in compliance with local regulatory.

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