Top 4 Common Myths That May Be Ruining Your Disinfection Routine

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We’re entering the third year of living with Covid-19 in 2022. Since the start of the pandemic, maintaining proper hygiene has always been the utmost priority — and now more than ever, thanks to the emergence of new variants and the relentless nature of the pandemic.

 

Over the past years, you’ve probably tried a dozen different disinfection products to keep your home extra safe. But with so much misinformation surrounding the various disinfection methods in the market, it can be difficult for the average consumer to make an informed decision when it comes to choosing the right products. Whether you prefer sticking to traditional alcohol disinfectants or thinking of trying out something new like UVC disinfection, there’s still plenty of potential health and safety risks to bear in mind.

 

We break down some of the most common disinfection myths to help you separate fact from fiction once and for all. Keep reading!

 

Myth #1: Alcohol and bleach-based disinfectants are safe to use.

 

You might be wondering: aren’t alcohol-based disinfectants supposed to keep you safe? While most common household disinfectants are considered to be safe and non life-threatening, some of these products often contain toxic ingredients that may lead to more serious health issues if used inappropriately.

 

Disinfectants typically contain a high amount of bleach, alcohol or a toxic chemical in order to disinfect more effectively, but excessive usage may result in eye, skin and other irritations. In some cases, prolonged or frequent exposure to these harsh chemicals can even lead to accidental bouts of alcohol or bleach poisoning, which is a common occurrence amongst young children. Be sure to protect your child by keeping them away from harmful toxins!

 

Read this article to find out how to determine whether a product is safe to use around children.

 

Myth #2: UVC disinfection is harmless and more effective in killing germs.

 

The use of UVC radiation technology for surface disinfection has been gaining prominence in recent years. Essentially, what UVC does is that it utilises ultraviolet light to inactivate pathogens to safe, harmless levels. But is it really safe for humans?

 

In a statement issued by the Singapore National Environment Agency (NEA), the agency advised against the use of UVC disinfection devices in households due to the lack of safety features that prevent users from being exposed to the UVC radiation, which could lead to severe eye or skin injuries. Always do proper research and exercise discretion when purchasing UVC-related products. When using one, make sure to avoid direct skin exposure and refrain from looking directly into a light source to minimise risks.

 

This leads us to the second question: is it as effective as it seems? For one, its disinfection capabilities are dependent on the intensity of the light source and the duration of exposure. This means that any surface or object that is positioned further away or not in direct contact with the light source may not be disinfected and would require a long exposure time – possibly more than 10 minutes – to the direct UVC light to guarantee its effects. And while UVC can be used to make your surfaces safer (when it’s used in the right way), the efficacy of using UVC in air disinfection is still up for debate.

 

Myth #3: Air purifiers can be used to disinfect the air.

 

One of the biggest misconceptions about an air purifier is that it can disinfect the air. However, do note that purifying the air and disinfecting the air is NOT the same. An air purifier is primarily designed to remove airborne particles such as dust, smoke, pollen and dander, while air disinfection involves the process of eliminating bacteria, viruses, fungus and spores from the air.

 

Some air purifier manufacturers do market their products to be capable of killing germs and bacteria in the air, but it’s always important to validate their claims with third-party certifications to ensure that it’s tested and proven for use. Here’s a guide to help!

 

Myth #4: Wearable air purifier necklaces provide enough protection.

 

On top of face masks and regular hand washing, another handy-dandy device to add to your ensemble: wearable air purifier necklace. Usually worn around the neck, these small, lightweight gizmos utilise negative ions to repel airborne pollutants around you. Its purifying capabilities are not just limited to dust, pollen and smoke, but it’s also said to protect against germs in the air.

 

However, there’s little evidence to suggest that such portable devices are effective in eliminating airborne pathogens. These wearable air purifiers are meant to be worn on the go, but studies have shown that it’s less likely to work in outdoor spaces as aerial disinfection is best done in an enclosed area to ensure optimum results. This is because its mist output is limited and not enough to cover the surrounding space, and it needs to stay suspended within the breathing zone for a certain amount of contact time in order to take effect.

 

Disinfect safely with BioCair.

 

While these methods may not work as great, there’s still one way to protect you and your family: BioCair. Stay clear of potential dangers, and choose BioCair for a safe, reliable and all-around effective solution that will give you the peace of mind you need.

 

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