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Posted by CowBoyWay on May 06, 2003 at 18:18:41:
In Reply to: Iodine vs. Chlorine posted by poccodiablo on May 05, 2003 at 16:34:06:
A "Povidine Iodine" Solution...
For a iodine solution such as iodophor, iodine is combined with other molecules in order to make the iodine safe for general use.
The proper dilution ratio when using iodophor is effective at a concentration of 12.5 ppm. and at that strength, is an effective sanitizer with a contact time of 60 seconds.
... the cap on a one-liter bottle of iodophor has a capacity of 1/4 ounce.
To obtain an effective sanitizer, no more than 2 capfuls, (1/2 oz.), need be added to 5 gallons of water. This creates a solution at 12.5 ppm.
Iodophor Sanitizer...Directions/ Procedure:
Odorless and Tasteless Sanitizing Solutions
* Add B-T-F IODOPHOR to cool or lukewarm water. Never use hot water.
* 1/4 oz. in 2 1/2 gal. water = 12.5 ppm titratable iodine
* 1/5th oz in 1 gal. water = 25 ppm titratable iodine
* 1/10th oz. in 1 gal water = 12.5 ppm " "
* Metric Equivalents:
1/10th oz. = 3 ml ......
1/5th oz. = 6 ml ......
1 capful = 1 capful
1 gal. = 3.79 L
NOTE: As long as solution is amber color, there is sufficient iodine present to sanitize. Make new solution daily or when color fades.
Seems like a feasible choice outside of expense,
but at less than an eighth of a teaspoon per gallon, one would get some pretty good mileage out of a gallon.
I would still be rinsing well though...what the hay.
A commonly used product by Professional herpetologists (exotic animal breeders, in general) and hobbyist's is a product called "Novalsan" which is a "2% Chlorehexadine Solution" made by "Ft. Dodge".
It is used as a virucidal, bacterial, fungicidal sanitizing solution.
Virosan is another popular brand.
:Has anybody used iodine instead of clorine for disinfecting water dishs and stuff? When I worked at a micro brewery we used iodine to clean our hoses and tanks. Its easier to rinse compared to clorine, and doesn't stink as bad. Where as I used heated Caustic soda at the big brewery since it works better at breaking down solids, but that stuff is nasty.