Steramine Frequently Asked Questions
Does Steramine contain Chlorine?
No, Steramine is not a Chlorine sanitizer, it is a QUAT sanitizer, or Quaternary Ammonium.
Is Steramine safe?
Yes. Steramine meets all public health and regulatory criteria for safety and effectiveness by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, U.S Public Health Service, and the U.S Food and Drug Administration.
Does Steramine have a EPA registration number?
Yes, Steramine is registered with the EPA. The Steramine EPA reg number is 1561-11, which is shown on the label.
What are the ingredients of Steramine?
The ingredients of Steramine are as follows: (Quarternary) Alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium Chloride dihydrate 50 % (Biocide), Sodium bicarbonate 29.9% (Buffer), Ammonium chloride 12% (Buffer), Dextrin 5% (diluent), Calcium Stearate 3% (Processing aid), Methylene Blue 0.1% (Dye)
Where can I find the MSDS for Steramine?
The MSDS for Steramine Sanitizing Tablets can be downloaded at the following link: Click here
How do I test a solution made from Steramine tablets?
Steramine should be tested using QUAT test trips which can be purchased here: Click here. Dishes are best sanitized between 200-400 part per million in water above room temperature.
Does Steramine lose strength over time once mixed?
No, Steramine maintains its strength once diluted. It will maintain its effectiveness until your solution is used up. It does not loose its effectiveness when mixed with water.
Can I use Steramine in my 3 compartment sink as the sanitizer?
Steramine is the ideal triple sink sanitizer. Set up 1 compartment with hot soapy water, 1 cool water rinse and the 3rd with hot water, mixed with Steramine sanitizer. Soak items in the Steramine solution for 3-4 minutes then air dry on a rack. 1 tablet will make 1 Gallon of correct strength sanitizer.
Can Steramine be used in a Dishwasher?
Yes. Steramine is ideal for a third sink sanitizer but it can also simply be added to the dishwater. This allows dishes to be soaped and sanitized at the same time.
Can Steramine be used as a spray sanitizer?
Yes, Steramine is great used as a spray sanitizer. Be careful not to breathe in the solution, and avoid contact with eyes.
Can I use Steramine to sanitize dishes and plastic food containers?
Yes, that is what Steramine is designed to do. Food service establishments that hand wash dishes typically have three sinks: one for washing with detergent, one for rinsing in plain water, and the third is a dip in sanitizer solution which is not rinsed off. Steramine is what would be in that third sink.
Do Steramine tablets expire? What is the shelf life?
Steramine has a shelf life of approximately 10 years. The date listed with MFG on the bottle is the date of manufacture. It is not the expiry date.
Can I use Steramine as a hand sanitizer?
No, Steramine is not to be used as a hand sanitizer. It is to be used to sanitize non-porous surfaces only.
Does Steramine kill the herpes virus?
This is not indicated on the label. It does list the following: CA-MRSA (Community Associated Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus), Escherichia coli, HIV-1 (Aids Virus), Listeria monocytogenes and Staphylococcus aureus.
Can Steramine be used to wash fruit and vegetables?
No, Steramine is a hard surface cleaner and should not be used on food or porous surfaces. This is labeled specifically for use on glassware, dinner ware and utensils.
Can Steramine be used to sanitize when camping?
Steramine is very good for non-porous sanitizing camping items. Use in a three part series when camping: 1. wash - 2. rinse - 3. sanitize.
Can I use Steramine to sanitize a menstrual cup?
Yes, Steramine will work very well to sanitize a menstrual cup after washing it.
Does Steramine work for sanitizing home brewing equipment?
Yes, Steramine is a food grade sanitizer and will work very well to sanitize home brewing equipment.
Is Steramine a no rinse sanitizer? Does it have to be rinsed off?
Steramine is a no rinse sanitizer. Do not rinse or dry down after soaking. Leave to air dry.
Why does Steramine turn blue when dissolved?
The active ingredient in Steramine is colorless and odorless. This means that when added to water would be indistinguishable from water itself, which is dangerous. Therefore the EPA requires the manufacturer to add a blue dye to make the user aware of its presence when dissolved.
Will Steramine stain my linens blue?
Steramine is recommended for use on hard non porous surfaces. If used on porous surfaces such as fabrics, it may discolor. The stronger the solution the darker the dye. It is recommended to test first on a small inconspicuous area if you are unsure.
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