New "green" surface disinfectant deemed most effective in study by Tufts, Forsythe Institute

June 19, 2012

One “green” surface disinfectant, nicknamed The 50-Second Solution, gave several popular disinfectants a run for their money in a recent study analyzing the effectiveness of five different surface disinfectants in a dental setting. Of the disinfectants tested, The 50-Second Solution was deemed the most effective, along with another market-leading solution. The findings come from an independent study conducted jointly by Tufts University and the Forsyth Institute, and sponsored by dental dealer PureLife. In addition to its efficacy, The 50-Second Solution, officially known as BioSurf, has two other key benefits: safety and speed. The 50-Second Solution is non-toxic, making it healthier for staff and patients, and it has the fastest TB kill time on the market at 50 seconds flat. Due to these benefits, PureLife will begin carrying The 50-Second Solution on July 1.

With this study, The 50-Second Solution’s performance disproves the falsehood that toxicity equals effectiveness. The right combination of ingredients can do the job as well, if not better, than harsher products, showing that there is no need for a trade-off between infection control and the health of patients and staff. With alcohol as the primary active ingredient, The 50-Second Solution will not corrode metals, and will not stain or stick. It does not include any phenols, aldehydes, or hormone-disrupting surfactants.

The speed with which The 50-Second Solution eliminates TB points to another key issue for a busy dental practice: kill times matter. If a practice turns over its operatory faster than its kill time, doctors, staff, and patients are not properly protected. With a 50-second TB kill time, The 50-Second Solution ensures dental offices that surfaces are properly disinfected between patients.

In addition to the market-leading disinfectant, the Tufts study included two other “green” disinfectants and another traditional one. These three additional disinfectants had varying levels of effectiveness against the three bacteria isolated in Tufts’ dental clinic (Bacillus infantis, Staphylococcus haemolyticus, and Pantoea calida).

In isolating these bacteria, the study found unexpected bacteria in the dental clinic -- not just oral bacteria, but non-oral bacteria as well, including one normally associated with nursing mothers. These findings underscore the importance of good infection control practices, as patients (and staff) bring in many types of contaminants.

As part of its ongoing commitment to improving environmental and human health, PureLife sponsored this study in the hopes of identifying an eco- and human-friendly surface disinfectant that really worked. Thanks in part to the positive results of the study, PureLife will begin carrying The 50-Second Solution on July 1.