Benefect Disinfectants and Cleaners

FAQ's



  1. How do I know that Benefect Disinfectant really kills germs?
  2. What is the difference between cleaners and disinfectants?
  3. Can I clean and disinfect in one step?
  4. Should I wipe or rinse Benefect Disnfectant off food contact surfaces?
  5. Does the product come in different scents?
  6. Why are there no warning labels?
  7. How do I know that Benefect Disinfectant isn't actually hurting me and my family?
  8. Can Benefect be used on porous surfaces like wood or carpet?
  9. What does the ECOLOGO mark mean?
  10. Can Benefect Be Used To Clean Up A Meth Lab?



1. A lot of cleaning products claim to be disinfectants, but as a consumer how do I know that Benefect Disinfectant really kills germs?

"Disinfectant" is actually a legal term that can only be stated on product labels that have been proven to kill 99.999% of specific bacteria. "Fungicide" is also a legal term that proves the product kills 99.999% of fungi. These test bacteria and fungi are predetermined by Health Canada. In addition to germ kill data, Health Canada scientists review the product for other characteristics such as; how toxic the product is to our environment, directions for safe and effective application, storage, disposal and handling plus a complete review of the health and safety profile of the product. When Health Canada is satisfied with all the scientific data, the product is registered by Health Canada, a Drug Identification Number (DIN) is issued and the product can now be called a disinfectant or a fungicide. The DIN for Benefect® is 02242474.



2. What is the difference between cleaners and disinfectants?

Cleaners aren't registered with Health Canada and do not require a Health Canada DIN to be sold into the marketplace. Cleaning products cannot make any public health claims on their labels that they kill germs. Watch out for "antimicrobial" cleaners or other marketing terms that allude to killing germs. A good rule of thumb to distinguish between cleaners and disinfectant is to make sure the product has DIN # on the label. If there isn't a DIN on the label then be safe and just use the product to clean up dirt and other organic matter.


3. Can I clean and disinfect in one step?

Yes, but only if the surface to be disinfected is not excessively dirty. It is to be understood that visible, impermeable particulates would be removed prior to disinfection. Some disinfectants are tested by Health Canada with a 5% organic load on the surface to simulate real life use. But if the surface is covered with enough "dirt" to be a barrier, then that is excessively dirty and needs to be cleaned prior to disinfection. If the disinfectant was applied in these conditions, without pre-cleaning, there is a possibility that 1) the disinfectant will be inactivated by the dirt, or 2) the dirt will pose a physical barrier so the disinfectant simply can't get to the bacteria. It is best to use some of the Benefect Multi-Purpose Cleaner to first clean up the visible dirt so the disinfectant can get to work.

One-step or combination cleaner/disinfectant products, do not require surfaces to be pre-cleaned saving a labor step. Make sure you read and follow the DIN registered label.


4. Should I wipe or rinse Benefect Disinfectant off food contact surfaces?

All disinfectants are required to be rinsed or wiped off a surface because of their health warnings. Benefect disinfectants are exempt from this standard by the Health Canada because of the health and safety profiles of the products. This even includes food contact surfaces which is an additional public health claim. Always refer to the product label for information on specific applications.


5. Does the product come in different scents?

Only the lemon and thyme fragrance is avilable at this time. The scent is a direct result of the thyme oil active ingredient that does the germ killing. Many fragrances that consumers are used to are actually synthetic and do not contribute to the germ killing ability of the product.

Decon 30 was formulated with less of the thyme oil Active Ingredient and therefore has less of a fragrance. In addition, the fragrance will disapate very quickly.



6. Why are there no warning labels?

All of the ingredients that are in Benefect Disinfectant are either F.D.A (Food and Drug Administration) approved as Food Additives or on the United States G.R.A.S. (Generally Recognized as Safe) list. When Health Canada reviewed the health and safety profile they determined that these food grade ingredients posed no negative health effects and that the Benefect Disinfectants did not require any health warnings.


7. Lots of cleaning products say "Natural" but snake venom and arsenic are natural, so how do I know that Benefect Disinfectant isn't actually hurting me and my family?

Health Canada's directive is to maintain and protect public health. If Benefect Disinfectant is a potential public health threat then they would require the product label to list any potential hazards. Health Canada has approved the Benefect product labels with no signal words or precautionary statements.



8. Can Benefect be used on porous surfaces like wood or carpet?

You can apply a disinfectant to a porous surface and it will kill the organisms it comes in contact with. The difficulty with porous surfaces is that organisms can be difficult to reach making it almost impossible to ensure the disinfectant contacts every organism. Therefore Health Canada will not allow any “disinfecting” claims (Killing 99.99%) to be made on porous materials.

Regulated disinfectant products can have “Cleaning” or “Deodorization” claims on porous surfaces however, these are not considered public health claims and therefore, are not regulated statements by Health Canada because there is no germ killing involved. This is not to be confused with a “Disinfection” claim. As an example, both Benefect Botanical Disinfectant and Decon 30 Disinfectant are effective at eliminating odour causing bacteria and fungi & other odour causing organisms on porous materials (concrete, wood framing & studding, trim & subfloors.)



9. What does the Ecologo mark mean?

UL is the provider of the ECOLOGO certification program. ECOLOGO Certified products, are certified for reduced environmental impact. ECOLOGO Certifications are voluntary, multi-attribute, lifecycle based environmental certifications that indicate a product has undergone rigorous scientific testing, exhaustive auditing, or both, to prove its compliance with stringent, third-party, environmental performance standards. http://industries.ul.com/environment.



10. Can Benefect Be Used To Clean Up A Meth Lab?

The manufacturing process used in a Meth Lab produces heavy petrochemical and solvent residues that become baked into surfaces, walls and floors. These residues can be cleaned with Atomic Degreaser that uses dynamic chemistry to break down the residues. Follow the label instructions for dilution and simply spray Atomic onto the surface with a hand sprayer. Let Atomic dwell on the surface 2-5 minutes. Every meth lab will be different so variations of using higher concentrations of Atomic (less water) or allowing a longer dwell time can be experimented with. Wipe off or rinse the surface with water. Note: Benefect Disinfectant may be used after cleaning with Atomic, if microbial growth is a concern.