It’s no secret that hydrogen peroxide is good at killing germs – that’s why it is available in most drug stores as an antiseptic, to treat cuts or wounds on our skin. But when it comes to killing viruses, bacteria, and fungi on surfaces, whether in LP facilities, healthcare, or anywhere else, hydrogen peroxide needs some help to get the job done. Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide®(AHP®), the technology used in SHYIELD™ Disinfectants, harnesses the antimicrobial properties of hydrogen peroxide but allows it to work effectively as a disinfectant. Here’s where pure hydrogen peroxide falls short, and how AHP® overcomes this to deliver an effective solution for cannabis facility surfaces:
  • Stability – By itself, hydrogen peroxide is an unstable molecule. It tends to break down to water and oxygen right away when exposed to open air and light – this is why commercial hydrogen peroxide solutions are packaged in a brown bottle, to prevent exposure. Once applied to a surface, the molecule would break down before it was able to kill pathogens. AHP® uses chelating agents to stabilize the active hydrogen peroxide, preventing this breakdown from taking place. The result of this is a solution that remains stable for 2 years (with the exception of diluted concentrate, which has a 30-day shelf life. No special storage precautions are required, such as opaque containers, as SHYIELD™ disinfectant is not affected by light.
  • Speed of Activity – Even if hydrogen peroxide was capable of remaining active for long enough to be effective, it would not work quickly enough to be a realistic choice for busy cannabis operations. Pure hydrogen peroxide solutions take anywhere from 10–75 minutes to achieve disinfection. AHP® contains commonly used, safe ingredients that “accelerate” the action of the hydrogen peroxide, killing viruses, bacteria, and fungi in 3–5 minutes.
  • Occupational Safety – Even a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide, which is the standard product in pharmacies, is not ideal from an occupational safety standpoint, and some solutions used in other products are much higher. The maximum concentration of hydrogen peroxide in AHP® is 0.5%, six times lower than what you can buy off most pharmacy shelves. The result of this is a solution that is non-toxic, non-irritating to eyes and skin and is not associated with any occupational hazards.
  • Cleaning Capabilities – Hydrogen peroxide solutions do not naturally contain detergents – this means that they would not be effective if applied to a surface with any residual dirt on it. For LP environments, where oils, resins, and other organic debris are everywhere, using a one-step disinfectant like SHYIELD™, with strong detergency properties, can make all the difference.
Alone, hydrogen peroxide may be useful for some things, but for cleaning surfaces in cannabis facilities, it won’t make the cut. SHYIELD™ Disinfectants, powered by Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide®, use low levels of hydrogen peroxide, with chelating agents, detergents, and other commonly used ingredients to create a formulation that is effective against the toughest cannabis pathogens, while remaining safe to your team.