There is lots of concentrated disinfectants on the market, some of which I will not name as I do not wish to bring any attention to their brand names as they are about as ethical as a slaughterhouse.
I am focussing on Astonish and Zoflora, highlighting the difference in their concentrated disinfectants, across all scents, however, will focus on linen fresh with both varieties so not to burn your brains out with scientific information.
I must warn you now, by no means am I a scientist, however, a little research will highlight the main differences between the two products for use at home, work, or professional cleaners.
Astonish have been established for 40 years, from humble beginnings selling oven and cookware cleaning products on a door to door basis from their home in West Yorkshire. All Astonish products are certified by Cruelty Free International [Leaping Bunny] and Vegan Society and are proud pioneers of animal friendly cleaning products and never test their products on animals or use animal ingredients.
Zoflora have been established since 1922 (which is why I say it is older than your nan) and contrary to popular belief Mrs Zoph-lora did not invent it. Our parents, grand, and great grandparents have been using Zoflora for years. Zoflora are also based in Yorkshire, however, do not display any animal friendly accreditations on their packaging.
For the basis of this blog, I have purchased a bottle of Astonish & Zoflora concentrated disinfectants, both the scent being linen fresh, purely because this is my favourite scent in the concentrated range. I am partial to lavender / flowery scents, however, linen fresh is always a winner all year round.
Astonish claim to kill 99.9% of bacteria, eliminates odours with freshness all day and it does exactly what it says on the packaging. The bottle is a 500ml which makes up 20 litres cleaning fluid once diluted at a ratio of 1:40 which is one 15ml cap full to 600 ml of water.
Zoflora claim pretty much the same which is 99.9% bacteria and viruses killed, odours eliminated and all-day freshness. The bottle is 120ml which makes up 4.8 litres of cleaning fluid once diluted at a ratio of 1:40 which is one 10ml cap full to 400ml of water.
This is where the science lesson comes into it. Surfactants is where the biology comes into play and if like me science lessons were for setting Bunsen burners off, accidentally smashing test tubes and squirting unknown substances across the classroom from a pipette. I literally spent my school day stood in a corridor or smoking behind the science block.
There are three main surfactants used within cleaning products; these are anionic, cationic and nonionic. Basically, surfactants are molecules that spontaneously bond with each other to form sealed bubbles. The word surfactants are a mix of (surface-active-agents) which are particularly effective in dislodging soiled surfaces and retaining in its suspension.
Astonish concentrated disinfectant contains <5% cationic surfactants, non-ionic surfactants which are available on the ingredients section on both the bottle and outer packaging. What this means is that Astonish not only cleans a surface, Astonish also disinfects at the same time.
Zoflora concentrated disinfectant does not contain any surfactants. This means that Zoflora only disinfects, so to achieve the same results as the rival brand, you would need to first clean a surface with a product containing surfactants, then use Zoflora to disinfect the surface.
|Dilution||1:40 (one 15ml cap to 600 ml water)||1:40 (one 10ml cap to 400ml water)|
|Above bottles make up to||20 litres of cleaning product||4.8 litres of cleaning product|
|Contact time||5 minutes||5 minutes|
|Cruelty free||Yes||No information available|
|Vegan||Yes||No information available|
|Flammable when diluted||No||No|
It’s imperative that end users read and understand MSDS (manufacturers safety data sheets) which contain all safety information that you may need to effectively use the above products and learn the scientific information which is provided. Although, both products have basic safety instructions as well as the hazard symbols, precautions, and directions on usage around the home.
Never, under any circumstances mix any chemicals together and this includes concentrated disinfectants as household cleaning products when mixed release toxic gases which can be fatal.
Overall, my vote goes with Astonish concentrated disinfectant because you get great value for money. A £2 bottle makes up to 5 times as much cleaning product as Zoflora. Astonish is cruelty free (not tested on animals) and registered with the Vegan Society (does not contain any animal ingredients or biproducts). Astonish cleans and disinfects, to achieve the same results with Zoflora, you would need to use a product first which contains surfactants. Finally, Astonish is not highly flammable like its competitor, Zoflora.
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