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Cleaning Coveralls and Other Potentially Contaminated PPE

Q: Can we use the Alconox Inc. detergents for washing to clean and disinfect coveralls for re-use?  We have Alconox powder in stock.

A:  Yes!  I would use the word clean as opposed to disinfect.  That is what aqueous detergents do. See these important links….

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Clean Before Sterilization (Disinfection)

Did you know? If It’s Not Clean, You Can’t Sterilize.

Why must instruments be cleaned before being sterilized? According to the CDC, “Cleaning should precede all disinfection and sterilization processes.Cleaning involves the removal of debris (organic or inorganic) from an instrument or device. If visible debris is not removed, it will interfere with microbial inactivation and can compromise the disinfection or sterilization process.”

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Glassware and Utensils Came Out Coated In A Dry White Residue

Q: We are working with a lab washer in a compounding pharmacy application. We are using Detergent 8 to clean glassware and utensils. The glassware and utensils came out coated in a dry white residue. Can you please advise why this is happening with this detergent?

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Replacing Isopropyl Alcohol in Cleaning

Q. I’ve been told that we should no longer use isopropyl alcohol for cleaning our pharmaceutical equipment. What should we use instead?

A. In pharmaceutical cleaning applications, isopropyl alcohol (IPA) is less than ideal. Alcohol will clean residues which are soluble in alcohol, but that is a limited range.  Using critical cleaning, aqueous detergents are a far more robust and will allow for more effective cleaning processes.

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Do Enzymatic Detergents Disinfect?

Q. We have been using Tergazyme to clean lenses and cuvettes for our light scattering equipment and it works flawlessly! My question is: Does Tergazyme enzyme detergent have any disinfection properties, like killing of bacteria such as E. coli, or viruses?

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Removing Capsaicin Residue

Q: We have capsaicin residue we are encountering.  If it is proving challenging to remove, and irritating to our technicians.  Please help!

A:  We can attack via emulsification or oxidation.  If you are indeed looking to clean manually, the powerful emulsification capability of Detonox® Ultimate Precision Cleaner detergent, along with warm to hot temperatures, will help. 

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Cosmetics Cleaning: Removing Deodorant From Stainless Tanks

Q: How can we clean residual deodorant from our stainless steel tanks? It is proving very difficult. It is largely AlCl3.

A: Deodorant, designed to stay in place for obvious reasons, can be quite adherent on processing equipment. If it stays on skin for extended periods, which is designed to avoid residues, imagine what it does to stainless steel!

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Pharmaceutical Cleaning Innovation: American Pharmaceutical Review Interview with Alconox Inc.

Mike Auerbach, Editor and Chief of American Pharmaceutical Review, spoke to Michael Moussourakis, Senior Director, Strategic Affairs at Alconox Inc. They discussed the unique cleaning challenges facing Pharmaceutical, Cosmetic and Cannabis manufacturers and the innovative solutions offered by Alconox Inc.   Auerbach: I understand Alconox has gotten into some sticky situations lately. Can you tell […]

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How Does Tergazyme Enzyme Detergent Work?

Q:  You recently sent a sample of Tergazyme detergent for a tough biologic cleaning challenge and it worked better than anything we had previously tried. I realize this must be due to the enzyme component. What information can you provide me on how enzyme detergents work, so I can share it with our decision makers / executives who want to better understand why this detergent got such different results?

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How to Choose a CIP Detergent

Meet cGMP regulations and stringent cleaning validation standards with CIP detergents from Alconox Inc. Whether you use single pass or recirculation systems, Alconox can provide a detergent ideally suited for your CIP system. Click to watch our latest video to learn best practices for Clean in Place and how to choose the right CIP detergent for your application.

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