IV-7 Ultimate Germ Defense - Product FAQ
Is IV-7 really different than other disinfectants like Lysol?
First of all, the active ingredient in IV-7 is silver dihydrogen citrate (SDC). SDC is patented by the manufacturer (PURE Bioscience). No other manufacturer has it.
Second, you have to look at what those other products are claiming. Do they call themselves “sanitizers?” If so, by definition they don’t kill all the germs.
Third, look at what those products contain. If they have alcohol or bleach, they aren’t “green” and aren’t in the lowest toxicity category like IV-7.
Fourth, look at whether the other products claim to offer 24-hour residual protection, as IV-7 does. They don’t! Other antimicrobials only kill germs at the moment they are sprayed onto a surface. The surface quickly gets re-contaminated.
Fifth, can those other products say that germs cannot develop resistance to them? IV-7 can make that claim.
Is IV-7 a cleaner?
There is a small amount of “surfactant” in IV-7, which gives it a bit of cleaning power. But that is not really what IV-7 is for. IV-7 is first and foremost formulated to protect you and your family from germs. It is a disinfectant.
How is IV-7 different from other silver-based disinfectants?
Most other silver based technologies utilize colloidal silver. IV-7 Ultimate Germ Defense contains fully active, stabilized ionic silver, silver dihydrogen citrate (SDC), at a specific concentration of 30 parts per million -thousands of times higher than colloidal silver but with exponentially less total silver mass. The patented process developed to manufacture SDC provides stabilized ionic silver in aqueous citric acid solution.
What will IV-7 kill?
- Pandemic 2009 H1N1 Influenza Virus (formerly called swine flu)
- Staphylococcus aureus
- MRSA Pseudomonas aeruginosa
- CA-MRSA (Community Associated Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
- CA-MRSA-PVL (Community Associated Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
- Acinetobacter baumannii
- Campylobacter jejuni
- VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium)
- Salmonella enterica
- Listeria monocytogenes
- E. coli (Escherichia coli)
- HIV type 1
- Human Coronavirus
- Polio Type 2
- Influenza A
- Avian Influenza A
- Herpes Simplex Type 1
- Athlete’s foot fungus (Trichophyton mentagrophytes)
How long will IV-7 kill viruses, bacteria and fungi after I apply it?
Common antibacterial surface-cleaning products are alcohol-based and simply kill germs on surfaces at the moment they are applied. IV-7 goes much farther: Once applied to a hard surface, it continues killing germs for at least 24 hours, according to the EPA.
How soon does IV-7 begin to kill viruses, bacteria and fungi after I apply it?
IV-7 kills some viruses, bacteria and fungi in as little as 30 seconds. Consult the product label for more details on kill times.
If I use IV-7 often, will bacteria or viruses build up immunity to it?
No! Bacteria and viruses do not develop a resistance to IV-7.
Is IV-7 patented?
Pure Bioscience, the manufacturer of the product, owns five patents on the technology and has several hundred use patents filed.
Which government agencies have registered IV-7?
IV-7 has been registered by the U.S. EPA.
Can I use IV-7 on my skin? Will it irritate my skin?
IV-7 is intended for use on hard surfaces and is not registered for use topically. However, if some gets on your skin, it will not cause skin irritation. Remember to refer to the product label for EPA registered claims.
What if I swallow some IV-7? Is it toxic?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency categorizes all antimicrobial products according to a toxicity scale from I to IV (I being most toxic and IV being the least.). Traditional disinfectants, which use active ingredients such as ethanol or ammonium chloride, fall into categories I and II. The SDC dilution used in IV-7 is in category IV, the lowest toxicity level available.
Will repeated use of IV-7 turn my skin blue, like colloidal silver?
No! IV-7 uses ionized silver and will not turn your skin blue. Colloidal silver is simply finely ground silver particles and is not stable, ionized silver like the technology in IV-7.
Does IV-7 smell bad / smell strong? Can I use it in crowded areas (e.g. an office)?
IV-7 is completely odorless, unlike alcohol or bleach-based products, and can be used in areas where people are around, such as in an office, school or hospital.
Can I use IV-7 in the kitchen near a stove / cook-top? Is it flammable?
IV-7 is not flammable.
If I get IV-7 on my clothes, will it stain or ruin my clothes?
No, IV-7 will not stain fabrics.
Who has tested the product? How do I know it is safe?
The safety of silver compounds has been studied extensively. The EPA has evaluated silver on several occasions and concluded that there are no adverse health effects associated with ingesting silver. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry did studies as long ago as 1990 and found silver to have no toxic effects at the doses tested. Tests done by the World Health Organization in 2003 and by the National research Council in 2004 reached the same results.
Where can I learn more details about IV-7?
Details on the product, its effective uses, places to use the product and other information can be found on our website: www.iv7germdefense.com. Feel free to call us (800)874-1848 or email: Info@IV7GermDefense.com
What is the shelf life of IV-7?
The product has a long shelf life. It should be used within two years of the date of purchase.
Can I use IV-7 on my couch or other types of upholstery?
IV-7 is approved for use on hard, non-porous surfaces. Couches and other types of upholstery are considered porous services.
Can IV-7 be used on vinyl? If so, will it stain material after multiple applications over time?
IV-7 can be used on vinyl and should not stain after multiple applications over time. As for all applications, if you have concerns about staining, you should test IV-7 on inconspicuous section of the surface before applying to the whole surface.
Will IV-7 kill parvovirus?
IV-7 has not been tested against parvovirus so no claim can be made against that organism. Per U.S. laws, every organism a disinfectant product claims to kill has to be proven in extensive third party lab testing and then officially registered with the EPA.
Can I use IV-7 on my pet’s kennel?
Yes, you can use it in your pet’s kennel without the concern of exposing your pet to harmful chemicals. IV-7 is completely safe for use around your pets and its fast kill times and odorless formula make applications around pets ideal.
Can I use IV-7 on my pets for treating illnesses?
No, IV-7 is intended for use on hard, non-porous surfaces and objects. IV-7 is not specifically approved for use on animals. Remember to always refer to your product label for approved uses.
Can I use IV-7 in a fogger?
You may use IV-7 in fine misters and electrostatic sprayers which would allow the product to be applied as directed on the label.
Is the IV-7 technology the same as nanosilver?
No, IV-7 implements a completely different and patented technology that is not found in any other silver product. Using exponentially less amounts of silver to create an exponentially more effective product than any other silver technology, IV-7 has none of the safety or environmental issues that are typically associated with nanosilver and other silver materials.
Can IV-7 be used on marble and other decorative surfaces?
IV-7 is intended for use on non-porous, hard surfaces and marble is considered a porous surface. As with all applications, if you have concerns about staining or compatibility, you should test IV-7 on an inconspicuous section of the surface before applying to the whole surface.
Will IV-7 hurt the finish on my wood furniture?
IV-7 is generally safe to use on such surfaces. As with all applications, if you have concerns about staining or compatibility, you should test IV-7 on an inconspicuous section of the surface before applying to the whole surface.
Does the IV-7 24 hour residual protection work if I wipe up the product per the label’s instructions?
Yes, residual protection will still be imparted to the surface even after wiping up IV-7 as directed by the EPA approved label instructions.
Does the product need to be wiped off the surface after the required dwell time?
Yes, the product should be wiped off. It is important to always refer to the product label for proper use instructions.
Can the product be diluted with water to make it last longer?
No, the product should not be diluted with water. IV-7 is a ready to use product, meaning it has been formulated to work without any need for dilution. Diluting the product will not guarantee the specified kill times as detailed on the label.
Can I pack IV-7 in my carry-on luggage when I fly?
Yes, if you have IV-7 in the convenient 3oz package, you are free to travel with it in your carry-on.
What surface can a 32 oz bottle of IV-7 disinfectant treat?
A 32 oz bottle of IV-7 treats approximately 900 square feet.
What is the difference between a disinfectant and a sanitizer?
There is a general misunderstanding by the consuming public as to the difference between a disinfectant and a sanitizer; the perception being that they are equally effective. In fact, sanitizers only reduce the number of viruses and bacteria (99.9% often advertised) while a disinfectant kills effectively all viruses and bacteria (greater than 99.9999%). Sanitizers are therefore only effective at reducing the number of organisms present on a surface, leaving the remaining organisms to quickly reproduce after the sanitizer’s application. Furthermore, the organisms that remain after the application of a sanitizer may become resistant to future sanitizing treatments thereby reducing the effectiveness of a sanitizer after repeated applications. IV-7 is a disinfectant. It not only kills all bacteria on a surface, it also does not allow bacterial resistance.
Why EPA registration?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires all disinfectants to be registered for sale in the United States. In addition, disinfectants must be registered in each state where the product is sold.
Can IV-7 be used to control odors?
IV-7 eliminates odors and disinfects in one-step. IV-7 works by killing the bacteria that causes the odors, not just covering them up.
What are MRSA and VRE?
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) are two of the most widespread antibiotic-resistant pathogens that cause hospital/ public facility- acquired infections. IV-7 is effective against both VRE and strains of MRSA.
Does IV-7 need to be mixed with water?
No, IV-7 comes in a ready to use formula and no mixing is required.
Does IV-7 meet Clean Air and Water Act standards?
IV-7 does not contain any hazardous air pollutants, Class 1 Ozone depletors or Class 2 Ozone depletors. Also, none of the chemicals in IV-7 are listed as Hazardous Substances under the Clean Water Act (CWA), Priority Pollutants under the CWA, or Toxic Pollutants under the CWA.
Can I use any bottle to apply IV-7?
It is important that IV-7 only be stored in opaque bottles (not transparent or translucent) due to the photo sensitivity of silver.
Is IV-7 fragrance free?
Yes, IV-7 is fragrance free and completely odorless.
Is IV-7 registered in all 50 states?
Yes, IV-7 Ultimate Germ Defense is registered in all 50 states.
What can I do to prevent stickiness?
The citric acid in the product causes it to be slightly sticky if it is allowed to dry on the surface without being wiped off. This would be similar to letting an orange juice spill dry on your counter. In order to prevent it from happening, follow the directions for use on the back of the product—spray on the surface, wetting thoroughly; let it sit and then wipe the surface dry.
At what temperatures can IV-7 be stored?
IV-7 should be stored in a cool, dry place and at temperatures above freezing.
Do other products have a 24 hour residual claim like IV-7?
No. IV-7 is the only disinfectant that has an EPA registered claim for 24 hour residual kill claim.
Should I be concerned about a buildup of silver on surfaces I disinfect regularly with IV-7?
No, even at maximum use levels there is no concern of silver buildup on surfaces.
Is IV-7 more environmentally friendly than other disinfecting products?
IV-7 is made from only naturally-occurring elements and it is not harmful to the environment. Most other disinfecting products contain alcohol or bleach, which are both harmful to the environment.
Will the efficacy of IV-7 be reduced when it is used on stainless steel surfaces?
IV-7 is approved for use on stainless steel surfaces and is effective when used on them.
Why is EPA registration so important?
It proves that the U.S. government has tested the product and has verified its efficacy as a germ killer. If a product makes a claim to kill organisms but does not have an EPA registration number on its label, the product is in violation of federal law. Products which are registered by the EPA assure that all claims on the label were tested under EPA approved protocols and reviewed by the EPA.
Do I need to worry about dangerous chemical reactions if IV-7 is combined with other cleaning chemicals?
IV-7 is a ready to use formulation and should not be combined with any other chemicals. If IV-7 is accidentally exposed to other chemicals, no dangerous fumes or other reactions should occur.
Can I use IV-7 to disinfect my baby’s pacifier?
IV-7 for Food Contact Surfaces, which will be available within the next couple months, can be used on pacifiers.
Can I use IV-7 on surfaces that come in contact with my food, like cutting boards?
IV-7 Ultimate Germ Defense for Food Contact Surfaces will be available later this year and is approved for use on surfaces which come in contact with food without the need for rinsing the surface.
Does IV-7 kill both positive and negative gram bacteria?
Yes. Please refer to the IV-7 label for more information.
IV-7 has residual protection against bacteria, but does it also have residual protection against viruses and fungi?
IV-7 has only been approved by the EPA for residual protection against Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Salmonella enterica. These are all bacteria. The EPA has not approved a protocol for testing residual efficacy against either viruses or fungi.
Why does IV-7 not have signal words like “caution,” “danger” or “warning” on the label?
IV-7 has been assigned the lowest toxicity category allowed by the EPA—Category IV. Category IV products do not require any warning, signal words or first aid instructions on the label. Products that are hazardous are required to carry the label warning: “Hazard to humans and domestic animals.”