Food and Agribusiness

Disinfectants made from Orange Juice

South African Biotech company Biodx, claims it has made a disinfectant from orange juice which can kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, including coronavirus types. The disinfectant is made from natural citrus extract, which is then stabilised with an organic biodegradable compound, which contains no chlorine, ethanol or aldehydes. The disinfectant meets stringent European and South African regulatory compliance and is specifically formulated to conform to general health industry specifications and can be used on surfaces, medical equipment and uniforms.

The idea to make a natural-based disinfectant was born out of a problem when working with enzyme-based cleaners. Using chlorine-based chemicals as disinfectant kills the enzymes and could cause corrosion to the piping system.

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