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Review of Mold Disinfectants


1. Alcohols (ethanol, isopropanol):

Bactericidal, Virucidal, Fungicidal. Use a diluted concentration of 60 to 90%.  
Advantages - nonstaining and nonirritating
Disadvantages - inactivated by organic matter, highly flammable

2. Quarternary Ammonium Compounds:

Bactericidal and Virucidal with limited effectiveness, Fungicidal. Use a diluted concentration of 0.4 to 1.6%.  
Advantages - inexpensive
Disadvantages - inactivated by organic matter, limited efficacy

3. Phenolics:

Bactericidal, Virucidal, Fungicidal. Use a diluted concentration of  0.4 to 0.5%.  
Advantages - inexpensive, residual
Disadvantages - toxic, irritating, and corrosive

4. Iodophors:

Bactericidal, Virucidal, Fungicidal, Sporicidal and Tuberculocidal if contact time is for a prolonged period of time. Use a concentration of 75 ppm. 
Advantages - stable, residual action
Disadvantages - inactivated by organic matter, expensive

5. Glutaraldehydes:

Bactericidal, Virucidal, Fungicidal, Sporicidal (prolonged contact time required), and Tuberculocidal. Use a diluted concentration of 2%. 
Advantages - unaffected by organics, noncorrosive
Disadvantages - irritating/damaging vapors, highly toxic, expensive

6. Hypochlorites (Chlorox Bleach):

Bactericidal, Virucidal, Fungicidal, Sporicidal (prolonged contact time required), and Tuberculocidal. Use a diluted concentartion of 1:10 .
Advantages - inexpensive
Disadvantages - bleaching agent, toxic, corrosive, inactivated by organic matter; removes color from many interior fabrics; dissolves protein fibers (i.e. wool, silk); has not shown to be effective against stachybotrys spores.

7. Hydrogen Peroxide:

Bactericidal, Virucidal, Fungicidal, Sporicidal (prolonged contact time required), and Tuberculocidal. Use a diluted concentration of 3% or greater.
Advantages - Relatively stable
Disadvantages - corrosive, expensive, degrades in heat or UV light


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