Benefect®  and PureGreen24

 

Below is a comparison of the main properties of Benefect® and PureGreen24

 

What is the definition of a Disinfectant?

Both Benefect and PureGreen24 are classified as “broad spectrum” disinfectants.

The EPA’s definition of a “broad spectrum” disinfectant is one that has shown to kill all three of the major classes of organisms: 

Bacteria – kills both gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria, including: Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella cholerasuis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Fungi – kills at least one pathogenic fungi

Viruses – kills pathogenic viruses
(Sanitizers are not broad spectrum since they are only meant to reduce bacteria levels.)

They all must submit successful kill data against the following organisms within a standard contact time of 10 minutes. The equivalent to over 99.99% reduction is required for disinfectant registration.

Comments on the EPA and “Green” Disinfectants

 

It is true that the US EPA does not certify any product as being a “green disinfectant”.   Also, there is no true definition as to what a “green” product really means and needs to be.  However, it is certainly true that there are a few new products recently approved by the EPA as disinfectants like Benefect and PureGreen 24 that are indeed much safer to use and more friendly to the environment that traditional products which use harsher ingredients.   

 

There are organizations that have established criteria for classifying these products as safer for the environment and non-toxic.  They include:

 

Environmental Choice Ecology Program

 

Green Clean Institute

 

Grass Roots Environmental Education

 

Benefect®

These particular organisms were chosen as representatives of their category or structure of bacteria to simplify the testing process & avoid having to test every organism in a category.

ORGANISM (TYPE)

REDUCTION

CONTACT TIME

Salmonella choleraesuis
(Gram -ve)

99.999+%

10 minutes

Staphylococcus aureus
(Gram +ve)

99.999+%

10 minutes

Pseudomonas aeruginosa
(Gram +ve Human Pathogen)

99.999+%

10 minutes

Trichophyton mentagrophytes
(Fungi- spore forming)

99.999+%

10 minutes

Mycobacterium tuberculosis
(TB)

99.999+%

5 minutes

Human Immunodeficiency virus type 1
(HIV - 1, the AIDS virus)

99.999+%

10 minutes

NOTE:Benefect® is not required, nor recommended, to be rinsed or wiped off at all due to its botanical ingredients and neutral pH. “Just Spray & Walk Away”™.

Additional organisms are continually being tested, submitted & registered to broaden the kill spectrum of Benefect®.

 

PureGreen24

EPA Recognized Organisms Killed

 

Organism

Kill Time

Type

Pseudomonas aeruginosa

30 seconds

Bacteria

Staphylococcus aureus (Staph)

30 seconds

Salmonella choleraesuis

30 seconds

Listeria monocytogenes

30 seconds

Vancomycin resistant Enterococcus faecium (VRE)

2 minutes

Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

2 minutes

Escherichia coli

2 minutes

Trichophyton mentagrophytes (Athlete's Foot Fungus)

10 minutes

Fungus

Herpes Simplex Type 1, F(1) Strain

1 minute

Virus

Influenza A, Hong Kong strain

10 minutes

Rhinovirus R37, Strain 151-1

10 minutes

Polio Type 2, Lansing Strain

10 minutes

 

 

Product Comparison 

 

 

 

Benefect 

PureGreen24

EPA Certified

    Yes

Yes

Toxicity Rating

    Safest

Safest

Fragrance

    Lemon and Cloves

None

Active Ingredients

   Thymol   (Thyme Oil)  

Citric Acid and Silver ions

Surface Type Disinfected

    Hard

Hard

Environmental Impact

   None

None

Residual Protection

        24 Hrs       (Unsubstantiated)

         24 Hrs               (EPA Certified)

Rinsing Required

    No*

No*

Sizes Available

    4oz, Gallon, Drum

4oz, Quart, Gallon,

Drum

pH

    Neutral

Slightly Acidic    (From citric acid)

 

* While rinsing is not necessary for use of both products, only PureGreen24 is certified for use in applications where direct skin or oral

contact can occur (e.g. baby toys or sports equipment)

 

Benefect Product Information

 

PureGreen24 Product Information