Clorox introduces broad-spectrum quarternary cleaner


Non-bleach disinfectant for hospital use kills pathogens in two minutes

Clorox, a US-based developer of infection control products, has introduced a broad spectrum quaternary disinfectant cleaner.

The firm says its newest non-bleach hospital-use disinfectant is the only quaternary spray registered by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to kill all of the ESKAPE pathogens (E. faecium, S. aureus, K. pneumoniae, A. baumannii, P. aeruginosa, and E. aerogenes).

It is currently only available in the US.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the six ESKAPE pathogens are responsible for two-thirds of all healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

The Clorox broad spectrum cleaner is a fast disinfectant and powerful cleaner that is gentle enough to use daily on common healthcare surfaces such as counters, trolleys, bedside tables, walls, mattress covers, commodes, wheelchairs and more. It effectively eliminates most organisms in two minutes, the firm says.

“Protecting patients is one of the top concerns for healthcare facilities and our Clorox broad spectrum cleaner fulfils that need by ensuring that harmful pathogens are eliminated before they become problems,” said Craig Stevenson, vice president and general manager, Clorox Professional Products Company.

While bleach-based products are suitable for cleaning high-touch, high-risk areas, quaternary cleaners offer daily surface disinfection of lower-risk areas. Clorox broad spectrum cleaner complements the firm\'s bleach-based portfolio of products, which are suitable for disinfecting high-risk areas and for dealing with C. difficile.

Clorox’s new product is fragrance-free to help avoid the fumes associated with other quaternary disinfectant sprays.

The cleaning product will be ready for distribution next month in a 32oz spray and a 128oz refill. It will join Clorox germicidal wipes and Dispatch hospital cleaner disinfectant towels with bleach, which were launched earlier this year.