Vital Oxide Facts

Is chlorine dioxide (ClO2) some kind of bleach?
No. While chlorine dioxide has chlorine in its name, its chemistry is very different from the corrosive chemistry of chlorine bleach. The primary differences are that chlorine dioxide is less caustic, safer, and gentler than bleach and many other antiseptics and antimicrobials, plus it remains effective under organic load. Further, chlorine bleach produces harmful by-products to the environment, including trihalomethanes (THM) and haloacetic acids (HAAS). Vital Oxide breaks down to a simple salt, producing no harmful by-products.

What are the advantages of using sprayers and foggers to disperse
Vital Oxide?
The quickest way to disinfect a hospital room, an entire basement, or a school gym is by using a fogger or electrostatic sprayer that can create a fine mist to treat objects, walls, floors, and ceilings in a matter of just a few minutes. Electrostatic sprayers and foggers can dramatically cut the time to disinfect large areas. Vital Oxide is one of the few disinfectants that can be dispersed in this manner because Vital Oxide is non-corrosive to treated surfaces and objects.

With so many disinfectants and mold removers on the market, why
should I choose Vital Oxide?
The easiest way to answer this question is simply, not all disinfectants are created equal. When evaluating and comparing disinfectant products, take a close look at their core ingredients. Vital Oxide uses a unique chemical compound called chlorine dioxide. While other competitors and manufacturers have attempted to copy and produce a form of stabilized chlorine dioxide similar to Vital Oxide, our revolutionary formula is simply unequaled. Chlorine dioxide has been used during Anthrax attacks, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, to purify drinking water, and most recently to kill MRSA in schools and hospitals.

Also consider carefully what kind of chemicals you want around your children, employees, patients, students, and close family members. Most disinfectants and mold removers on the market are extremely toxic, but Vital Oxide gives you peace of mind that you are using an effective product that does not come with alarming safety warnings and precautions.

What is the difference between a cleaner and a disinfectant?
Cleaners are not registered with the EPA and cannot make public health claims on their label such as killing germs or having any anti-microbial action.

What is a Hospital Disinfectant?
As part of the EPA registration process, disinfectant products are put through rigorous testing to prove their efficacy and measure toxicity. The EPA registers three types of disinfectants: Limited, General, and Hospital. All three disinfectants destroy or irreversibly inactivate certain microorganisms on hard, inanimate surfaces and objects. You can determine a “limited,” “general,” or “hospital” disinfectant by the microorganisms listed on the label.

Limited must be supported by efficacy testing against either Salmonella
cholerasuis or Staphylococcus aureus. Limited disinfectants are found mostly in household use.
General must be supported by efficacy testing against both Salmonella
cholerasuis and Staphylococcus aureus. General disinfectants are used in commercial areas.
Hospital must be supported by AOAC Use Dilution or AOAC Germicidal Spray efficacy testing against Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella cholerasuis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa hides behind biofilm and is difficult to eliminate. Killing this bacterium is required for “Hospital Disinfectant”.
Also, as part of this evaluation process, products are assigned to a toxicity category: The categories range from category 1 (highly toxic) to category 4 (no exposure warnings required on the label). Vital Oxide received an EPA category 4 rating for all exposure routes with the exception of mild eye irritation.

What is a Sanitizer?
A substance, or mixture of substances, intended to reduce the number of
microorganisms on inanimate surfaces or in water or air (FIFRA § 4(i)(4)(C)(i)).

What is the difference between a ‘food-contact sanitizer’ and a ‘nonfood-
contact sanitizer?
A food-contact sanitizer, at a minimum, reduces the level of Staphylococcus
aureus and Escherichia coli by 99.999% on a food contact surface within one
minute. A potable water rinse is not allowed after sanitation of a food-contact
A non-food-contact sanitizer, at a minimum, reduces the level of Staphylococcus
aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae or Enterobacter aerogenes by 99.9% on nonfood contact surfaces within 5 minutes.

What does “no rinse required on food contact surface” mean?
“No rinse required on food contact surfaces” is a safety rating given by NSF
International (previously the National Sanitation Foundation). The NSF testing
guidelines are a continuation of the USDA product approval and listing program,
including the FDA 21. Vital Oxide is rated “no rise required on food contact
surfaces” category D2, meaning Vital Oxide is approved for use in commercial or
residential kitchens to control bacteria, viruses, and mold without the need to
wash/rinse the area with water after Vital Oxide is applied.

Can I clean and disinfect at the same time?
In some cases, you can clean and disinfect at the same time, but this depends
on how dirty the surfaces you cleaning/disinfecting are are—the dirtier the
surface the less effective the disinfectant. Disinfectants need to contact the area
to disinfect and cannot do this effectively with a barrier of dirt or grime in the way.
Once the dirt has been wiped away the disinfectant can get to work. Under lightly
soiled conditions, you can clean and disinfect in the same step with just Vital
Oxide. (NOTE: EPA requires all disinfectants carry the following label direction:
“For heavily soiled areas, a pre-cleaning step is required.

Does Vital Oxide contain VOCs?
No. Vital Oxide does not contain volatile organic compounds.

How Much coverage should I expect with Vital Oxide?
Coverage depends on application method and surface type.
If using a fogger for odors, it will cover 2000 Cubic Feet with a Quart of Vital
Using a standard sprayer (non-electrostatic), up to 10,000 square feet per gallon,
using an electrostatic sprayer, you can get as much as 15,000 square feet.