It’s winter and we all know what that means – viruses and germs are spreading like crazy. With this time of year comes flu season and all kinds of ick. According to the Duqesne University School of Nursing, February is the most active month of flu season. Since 1982, February has consistently been the worst month in regard to flu activity. The amount of time that dangerous viruses can live on surfaces varies, but some, like the common cold virus, can live for up to 7 days outside the body. Keep yourself and family safe by regularly disinfecting. An ozone generator is chemical-free, leaves no residue, and is overall cheaper than dry cleaning and traditional cleaning supplies. An ozone generator can be used for multiple applications and is an effective way to disinfect everything in your home.
Of course, the list we have provided is by no means all-inclusive. It will be different in everyone’s case, but these suggestions will be a good place to start! What's something you ozonate regularly?
If you’ve traveled, consider ozonating:
- Coats and jackets
If you have young ones in school:
- Backpacks and lunch bags
- Pencil cases and supply boxes
- Frequently used school supplies
- Coats and jackets
In the home:
- Door handles
- Remotes and telephone
To disinfect small, hard-surface items such as toys:
- Fill up a bucket or sink basin with water
- Place the toys inside the water
- Connect tubing and a diffuser stone to your unit
- Place the diffuser stone into the water
- Ozonate for about 30 minutes. The exact time will vary depending on which unit you choose
- After the unit has completed the cycle, wait about 30 minutes after the process has completed. This will ensure the ozone has dissipated and the toys are clean and ready to dry!
To disinfect clothing or blankets:
- Hang clothing in a garment bag or hanging in a large trash bag
- Place the unit at the bottom of the bag
- Ensure the ozone out is inside the bag
- Ozonate for 20 minutes (will vary depending on unit)
- Allow ozone to dissipate for at least 30 minutes before retrieving clothing
- For best results, flip clothing around (if folded) and re-ozonate so that ozone can easily make contact with the entire surface of the garment.
To treat small items such as pillows or knick-knacks:
- Get a small tote and cut a hole for the ozone out of your unit.
- Place your items to be ozonated inside the tote
- Close the lid
- With your unit’s ozone out pushed against the hole in the tote, ozonate for 30 mins
- Allow ozone to dissipate for 30 mins before opening tote.
Please remember to administer all these applications in an unoccupied area!
When operating an ozone generator, please remember to remove people, pets, and plants from the area. Be sure to leave the area being treated immediately and only return once the ozone has dissipated. Under most conditions, the treated area should be safe to return to 30 minutes to 1 hour after the unit stops producing ozone. Treated spaces or buildings should be well-ventilated prior to re-entry.
In case of accidental leakage of ozone, keep the ozone generator in a
well- ventilated area.
Ozone generators emit ozone. Do not inhale ozone.
Ozone generators generate high voltage.
Our ozone generators are designed and distributed by A2Z Ozone, Inc. in Louisville, Kentucky USA.
EPA Est.: 95432-KY-1.
“How Long Do Bacteria and Viruses Live Outside the Body?” NHS Choices, NHS, 10 Aug. 2018, www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/infections/how-long-do-bacteria-and-viruses-live-outside-the-body/.
“When Is Flu Season?” Guide to Parents and Teachers to Prevent the Spread of the Flu, Duquesne University School of Nursing, onlinenursing.duq.edu/when-flu-season/.