The History of Disinfectants – Disinfecting Through the Ages and Modern Salon Disinfectants
Before we understand why there are Salon Disinfectants we must understand disinfecting. There was a time not so long ago when our world view was much smaller than it is today. Not only did we not know that other worlds existed outside of our view of the stars, but we had no idea that on every surface and on every person, there were tiny microorganisms going about their own busy little lives, some harming and some helping us. But even before our understanding of bacteria, humans were discovering different ways to disinfect and sanitize things.
A disinfectant is anything used on floors, clothes, walls, surgical instruments to kill germs, not to be confused with antiseptic, which is a substance applied externally to the human body or an animal to kill germs. Hand sanitizer is an antiseptic, whereas chlorine bleach is a disinfectant.
Although the ancient Egyptians were adept at using antiseptics such as palm wine and vinegar in the preservation of bodies in the mummification process as early as 3000BC, the first historical mention of using a disinfectant was in 800BC when Homer described in The Odyssey the burning of sulphur in the house that rivals had occupied before he had killed them. This practice continued through the years and was used as late as the Middle Ages throughout Europe to combat the spread of the Black Plague.
There were many different things used throughout history as disinfectants and some were more dangerous than others. Copper, for example, gained popularity when people realized that algae didn’t grow on copper-bottomed boats, it began to be used it mixed with wine as a preventative for tree or wood rot and as water vessels to prevent bacteria growth. In the 1625 book, Natural History Sir Francis Bacon suggested that small amounts of sulphuric acid be added to drinking water to disinfect it but, fortunately for everyone, this practice wasn’t used for long. Mercury was another effective disinfectant used to treat wood rot and was even used much earlier by the Egyptians in ointments and by the Romans in cosmetics. Although we began to understand the risk of mercury poisoning that can lead to death or dementia in the 1700’s, it continued to be used in medicines and thermometers and we’re still weaning ourselves from the stuff today.
The Cattle Plague affected cattle for centuries, killing many thousands of cattle across Europe, Africa and Asia, sometimes killing off many herds at a time, leading to a famine in Ethiopia in 1889 that killed off a third of its human population. People fought the spread of the disease over the years using disinfectants like lime and vinegars to clean cattle housing and water troughs and more recently with vaccines which have led to the complete eradication of the disease.
We all know that boiling water kills germs and it was used as a disinfectant as early as 980AD when Aristotle wrote about soldiers of Alexander the Great who would boil water before drinking it. However this was not scientifically proven until 1776 when Italian biologist Lazzaro Spallanzani proved that microorganisms would not survive if the water whey were in was boiled for an hour, a discovery made nearly 100 years after Antonj van Leeuwenhoek had invented the first microscope. His microscope showed the existence of microorganisms, opening a whole new world to scientists and doctors. Unfortunately for many patients, however, sterilization of surgical instruments wasn’t introduced until 1881 which helped cut down on the rampant patient deaths due to infection.
As scientific understanding of microorganisms developed, so did the manner in which we eliminate them, and we now use many different chemicals including phenols, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, chlorine, and aldehydes. Many businesses and institutions such as hospitals and salons are required to follow strict state regulations and guidelines when it comes to disinfecting their instruments prevent the spread of infection. They must use the correct concentration of cleaners to effectively clean their tools.
Disinfecting For The Beauty Industry
That’s where we come in. Salon Disinfectants are a necessity in our world. Our strong and safe MOD Clean Salon Disinfectant Pods are EPA and State approved hospital-grade disinfectants. They’re effective against HIV-1, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Staphylococcus (including MRSA), Pseudomonas, Salmonella, Clostridium Difficile (C.Diff), Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus (VRE), Herpes, Influenza (including H1N1). They can be safely used to disinfect plastic combs, brushes, plastic clipper guards, manicure implements, scissors, stainless steel implements, shampoo bowls, etc. to protect you and your clients from infection. Powerful as all salon disinfectants, Mod Clean is the most practical.
Everyone uses salon disinfectants but why use Mod Clean?
Because of their convenience, the popularity of cleaning pods has exploded over the last few years with pods being used for laundry, dishwashers, toilets and even coffee makers. It only makes sense to use them in your salon or barber shop. Simply fill your 32-ounce disinfectant jar with water and pop in one of our Mod pods and in 10 to 20 seconds, you’ll have perfectly measured, hospital grade disinfectant, every time. One of our Mod pods is equal to 2 ounces of liquid disinfectant without the measuring cup and without the spills.
Bottles of disinfectant are not only heavy and they take up a lot of valuable salon storage space. Why? Because those big bottles are filled mostly with water! Why pay for all that water? MOD Clean Salon Disinfecting Pods are compact and light and are packaged in resealable bags for your convenience and are recyclable as well, making them environmentally friendly. Our pod bags decrease in volume as you use the pods. What does this mean? No matter how many times you use a plastic bottle of liquid disinfectant it never gets any smaller, it still takes up the same amount of space on your counter or in your cabinet. Our Mod Clean Disinfectant Pod bags, however, decrease in volume after every use. This means you can store the bag in smaller spaces saving your station and storage areas for other salon tools. Also, if you recycle your disinfectant bottles, they still take up space in your salon and they take more energy to recycle than our small bags.
One 32 count bag of Mod Clean Disinfectant Pods equals a half-gallon of liquid disinfectant concentrate, clearly one advantage in the salon disinfectants comparison. No water means that our pods are 12X lighter which means 12X less weight in shipping! Think of it this way: It takes 384 Mod Clean Disinfecting Pods to take up the volume of 1 bottle of liquid disinfectant. The other advantage of this is that using Mod Pods you always get the full amount out of a bag, but liquid disinfectant, over pour by a half ounce each time and you get ⅓ the amount you paid for.
Cleaning pods are popular because they make sense on so many levels. They’re convenient, easy-to-use, compact, time-saving and much more environmentally friendly than their conventional alternatives.
Mod Clean is bringing salon and barber disinfecting into the MODern era. No Mess, No Guess, Just Clean