StarSan Hand Sanitizer for Coronavirus?Posted by Amanda Parker on March 20, 2020 at 1:46 pm
Do you know it StarSan will kill coronavirus? We still can’t get any type of cleaner or hand sanitizer here and I just realized that my brewing sanitizer might work. Does anyone know for sure if it works?
- 9 Replies
- MemberMarch 20, 2020 at 1:49 pm
I have been wondering the same thing! I would assume that starsan will kill anything because it is good enough to completely sterilize brewing equipment. For cleaning, keep in mind that StarSan or other acid based sanitizers can and will stain and etch surfaces that they should not be used on like counters.
- MemberMarch 20, 2020 at 1:51 pm
Regular soap is the best, folks. The Coronavirus membrane is lipid which easily dissolved when in contact with soap.
- MemberMarch 20, 2020 at 1:52 pm
Agree with Peter – Soap is better than sanitizer. Soap actually rips the virus in half as it attaches to protein and fat. If you’d like a visual imagine with happens to a drop of oil in water when you add soap.
- AdministratorMarch 20, 2020 at 3:24 pm
The consensus is “no”. First, Starsan DOES sanitize viruses on surfaces but will NOT sanitize your hands. Starsan is acid based and will damage most household surfaces. Use a bleach solution instead.
- MemberMarch 20, 2020 at 3:27 pm
What about PBW, would that work as a cleaner against this virus?
The only reason I ask is because I know some people have commented starsan will not work because of the virus’s protein makeup and it doesn’t effectively breakdown the lipid layer.
- MemberMarch 20, 2020 at 3:33 pm
PBW would probably not work well for surface sanitation. Soap works because the molecule essentially envelopes a particle (virus or bacteria) allowing you to wash it away from your hands. But if you simply spray soap on a countertop I can’t imagine it would do much against a biological organism. PBW can also damage surfaces.
Don’t panic, people! Just wash your hands and don’t touch your face!
If you HAVE to make hand sanitizer – use a high-proof grain alcohol like Everclear or a strong vodka.
- MemberMay 15, 2020 at 8:07 pm
I have been using this oxipro https://www.artesanoos.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/esteriliz.jpg I mean Trisodium phosphate as a big soap and desinfecting.
- MemberJanuary 10, 2022 at 5:00 pm
signed up to get the star san dilution chart but website is “stuck”. Will not allow you to scroll down, page vibrates when attempting to scroll?