GenEon Technologies, a sustainable and toxic-free cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting solutions company, recently received EPA List N Registration for its GenEon disinfecting solution. Products from GenEon Technologies allow users to generate broad-spectrum virucidal and bactericidal cleaning and disinfecting solutions.
The registered electrolyte is used with GenEon’s On-Site Generating Technology (OSG) to create hypochlorous acid, a powerful and safe disinfectant that is produced on-site through a process called electrochemical activation.
GenEon’s innovations allow users to create cleaners, degreasers, sanitizers and disinfectants on an as-needed basis, especially helpful to hospitality leaders looking to save time and money, while also steering clear of harmful chemicals.
“GenEon offers the hospitality industry savings for their bottom line by producing cleaners and sanitizers/disinfectants on-site and on-demand,” said Larry Smith, VP, sales, GenEon. “We also offer more simplicity by reducing the number of cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting products needed to just three. Additionally, our products are toxic-free, eco-friendly and sustainable, making them safe for people, pets and the planet. By eliminating the use of toxic chemicals, we help to ensure the safety of staff who handle and breathe in these products for hours a day as well as guests.”
Because housekeeping staff, in particular, breathe in and handle cleaning products all day, this has the potential to create health consequences with toxic products, Smith noted.
“Our solutions work exceptionally well in the hotel space because they provide a high level of cleanliness and disinfection without harming the very people we are trying to protect,” he said.
According to the company, all products on List N are determined to kill SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) on surfaces. Before products can legally claim that they can kill a particular pathogen such as SARS-CoV-2, the manufacturer’s claim must be submitted and authorized by the EPA based on rigorous testing and a strict review of the scientific data.
GenEon’s sanitizers and disinfectants only contain water and a saline solution, and Smith said GenEon customers may choose from multiple systems to fit their unique needs instead of relying on a one-size-fits-all product.
“We wanted to create sustainable solutions to protect the people and the planet,” Smith said. “The damage of toxic cleaners has been tremendous to the environment and to people’s health. The sanitizing and disinfecting solution that our products generate is called hypochlorous acid (HOCl). It is naturally produced in the human body so it is non-toxic as well as eco-friendly and sustainable.”
HOCI has been around for more than 150 years, but not accessible until recently because it was too expensive, Smith noted. It’s long been used in healthcare for wounds and burns, dating back to World War I and II when it was used to treat injured soldiers.
“Nearly 300 published scientific studies over 30 years have attested to [HOCI’s] efficacy, toxicity levels and safety profile. HOCl has many broad applications, making it an ideal disinfectant for many different circumstances,” he said.
Smith added that its products will not harm people, pets or the planet. That includes HOCl which is 80 to 200 times more effective than bleach at killing bacteria.
“From a sustainability perspective, GenEon eliminates the extraction of raw materials and transportation of product and greatly reduces storage and waste disposal, particularly of plastic bottles but also corrugated cardboard and pallets,” he said.
There are also cost-saving benefits to GenEon’s products. Because its technologies allow users to create cleaners, degreasers, sanitizers and disinfectants on-site, this reduces costs of purchasing traditional cleaners and eliminating the need to inventory and store harmful chemicals.
“GenEon provides a significant reduction in cost per gallon of final solution as well as a reduction in inventory carrying costs and double/triple handling,” Smith said. “Using our products has been shown to reduce absenteeism and workers compensation as well, resulting in fewer overtime hours and more cost savings.”