Do Enzymatic Detergents, Like Tergazyme Cleaner, 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?

A. Thank you for asking this important question. Alconox, Inc. does not have disinfectant claims on any detergents, including the Tergazyme® Enzyme Active Powdered Detergent. However, any thorough cleaning and rinse with a well-built aqueous detergent (like all Alconox, Inc. detergents) will leave the surface in a minimal (if not zero) bioburden state. Alconox, Inc. does not certify this.  We provide products for cleaning, which necessarily precedes disinfection.

This anecdotal information is especially true, as you indicate, for Tergazyme detergent.   It does not just have surfactants, chelators, dispersants, sequestering agents, but also a protease (proteolytic enzyme).  In fact, the protease is highly effective in prion removal. So in review, Alconox, Inc. cannot claim “disinfection” properties for any of its detergents, but we can say that our detergents are expected to greatly reduce bioburden when used according to instruction.

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