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The Sirius Effect

Sirius International can provide you with raw materials approved by the biocides legislation, which will give you the freedom to say that your product is hygienic. For instance, Britebleach TAED (tetra acetyl ethylene diamine) and SPC (sodium peroxy carbonate).

As the advertising industry becomes more and more creative in convincing people to buy certain products, the regulations trying to protect the health and safety of the consumer get tighter and tighter. For example, if you want to use the word “hygiene” on the label of your cleaning product, you have to support this claim by registering and including relevant ingredients.

Hygiene, Odors, Whiteness

Lately, environmental pressure to save energy and reduce water consumption has caused a dramatic increase in the drive to wash laundry at low temperatures and with less water. As a result, especially when using liquid detergents, washing machines become heavily contaminated with microorganisms.

In the long term, this creates a couple of issues. From a hygienic perspective, the contaminated machines (therefore, fabrics) increase the risk of infections. Furthermore, odors caused by the growth and activity of bacteria occur in the machine. The substances they excrete can grey the fabrics in the machine.

Luckily, there’s a solution to all of the problems mentioned above. One of the ways to deal with the bacterial contamination is to use a laundry detergent powder which incorporates an activated bleach system based on TAED and SPC. This system cannot be found in liquid detergents as SPC slowly but surely decomposes in contact with water at ambient temperatures.

TAED, SPC, Peracetic Acid

TAED is a bleach activator with good environmental performance. It’s readily biodegradable and of low toxicity. But why is it necessary to use it?

Britebleach SPC only starts releasing active oxygen at temperatures above 60‎°C. But when used in combination with Britebleach TAED, the bleaching agent gets activated already at 40‎°C.

In 2018, Britebleach TAED has successfully passed the biocide registration so we can confidently say that it makes washes “hygienically” safer. It can not only be used in laundry detergents but also automatic dishwasher formulations and as a sterilant for medical instruments.

Furthermore, there has been a risk assessment of peracetic acid (PAA), and PAA generated in-situ from TAED and SPC. As a result, the BPC (Biocidal Products Committee) has approved the active substance PAA generated from TAED and SPC as product type 4.

This means that it can be used for the disinfection of fabrics, equipment, containers, consumption utensils, surfaces or pipework associated with the production, transport, storage or consumption of food or feed (including drinking water) for humans and animals. It can even be used at places where “hygiene” is not just a word, but a demanding matter, like hospitals and hotels.

The BPR (biocidal product registration) of Britebleach was a complex and costly process that took months of testing and evaluating. But as you can see, the applications of Britebleach TAED are endless. If you need more information regarding the possibilities it gives, don’t hesitate to contact us now.