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Safer Equine Facility Disinfection: Avoiding the Dangers of Traditional Bleach Solutions

Updated: Oct 16, 2023

Equine facility hygiene is of utmost importance when prioritising the health and well-being of your horses and preventing the spread of infectious diseases. Proper disinfection practices not only protect the animals but also the staff working in these facilities. One notable challenge posed to many equestrian centres is finding an effective and safe disinfectant solution. Traditional bleach has long been a staple in many facility cleaning routines, but it has its drawbacks that may outweigh its benefits.


Hygieia-San offers an environmentally friendly, safer, and highly effective alternative for equine facility disinfection with their Huwa-San disinfectant. As the sole importer and distributor of Huwa-San across Oceania, they are committed to providing a lasting solution for high-quality equine facility sanitation.


In this article, we will dive into the pitfalls of using traditional bleach in equine facility disinfection and showcase how Huwa-San can transform your horses' environment into a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable space.


The Dangers of Traditional Bleach in Equine Facility Disinfection


Bleach, or sodium hypochlorite, has been widely used in various settings for its disinfectant properties. Many equine facility owners and caretakers often utilise bleach, but its use comes with several drawbacks that can affect the health of both the animals and their caretakers. The following are some of the potential dangers of using traditional bleach solutions in equine facilities:


1. Respiratory Irritant: Bleach fumes can irritate the eyes, nose, and respiratory tract, leading to difficulties in breathing, coughing, and even severe respiratory distress in some cases (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1854984/). This poses a significant health risk to both horses and staff working in the facility.


2. Corrosive Effects: Bleach can be highly corrosive, damaging surfaces and equipment upon contact. This can accelerate the deterioration of metal surfaces, fasten rusting, and damage rubber materials, potentially resulting in expensive replacements and impacting the overall structural integrity of the facility.


3. Environmental Impact: Traditional bleach products are non-biodegradable and can negatively affect the ecosystem surrounding the facility. When bleach solutions make their way into water bodies, it can harm aquatic life and disrupt the delicate balance of the ecosystem.


4. Surface Incompatibility: The efficacy of bleach can be greatly reduced when combined with organic matter commonly present in equine facilities, such as dirt, waste, or bedding material. Therefore, the use of bleach may not deliver optimal disinfection results and hinder the establishment of a truly clean and safe environment.


Eco-Friendly Disinfection: Huwa-San's Solution for Equine Facilities


Huwa-San, developed by Hygieia-San, is an eco-friendly and highly effective alternative to bleach. Here are some key features that make Huwa-San an ideal choice for equine facility disinfection:


1. Safety for Animals and Humans: Huwa-San is a non-toxic disinfectant that doesn't produce harmful fumes or cause irritation to the eyes, skin, or respiratory system. Its hydrogen peroxide and silver ion-based formula ensures a healthier environment for both the horses and staff.


2. Non-Corrosive: Unlike bleach, Huwa-San is non-corrosive and will not damage surfaces or equipment. This translates to a significantly longer life for your facility's infrastructure and a decrease in maintenance and replacement costs.


3. Environmentally Friendly: Huwa-San is biodegradable, breaking down into water and oxygen, minimising its ecological impact. This ensures that the disinfection processes in your equine facility align with environmentally responsible practices.


4. Broad-Spectrum Efficacy: Huwa-San is effective against a wide range of pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and yeasts. Its formula remains powerful even in the presence of organic matter, making it an ideal cleaning agent for equine facility surfaces and equipment.


Targeting Common Equine Facility Pathogens with Huwa-San


Huwa-San can effectively combat several pathogens commonly found in equine facilities, including:


1. Streptococcus equi (Strangles): A highly contagious bacterial infection causing swollen lymph nodes and respiratory distress in horses (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3944426/). Huwa-San disinfectant eradicates these bacteria, reducing the risk of this serious infection spreading within the facility.


2. Equine herpesvirus (EHV): A viral infection that can cause respiratory disease, neurological disorders, or abortions in pregnant mares. Huwa-San's powerful antiviral properties help to control EHV outbreaks and limit the spread of the virus among horses.


3. Ringworm (Dermatophytosis): A fungal infection that affects horses' skin and can be transmitted through objects in the equine environment. Huwa-San can be used to disinfect surfaces and equipment, reducing the risk of ringworm's transmission.


4. Salmonella: These bacteria can cause gastrointestinal distress in horses and may spread quickly within a facility if not disinfected properly. Huwa-San’s formula effectively eliminates Salmonella bacteria, ensuring a cleaner and safer equine environment.


Huwa-San's Versatility in Equine Facility Disinfection


Huwa-San has diverse applications in equine facility cleaning and can be used in the following areas:


1. Stables and Stall Disinfection: Keeping stalls and stable areas clean and disinfected is vital to maintain horses' health. Huwa-San can be incorporated into daily cleaning routines, effectively eliminating pathogens and creating a safe environment for your horses to thrive.


2. Grooming and Tack Equipment: Regularly disinfecting grooming tools, saddles, halters, and other equipment with Huwa-San prevents the spread of pathogens and ensures optimal hygiene.


3. Trailers and Transport Vehicles: Huwa-San can be utilised to disinfect equine transportation vehicles, limiting the potential for cross-contamination between facilities.


Revolutionising Equine Facility Disinfection with Huwa-San


Embracing environmentally responsible practices in equine facility disinfection is essential to safeguard the health of horses, staff, and our planet. Huwa-San disinfectant offers a potent, eco-friendly, and safe solution, transforming the way we care for our equestrian environments. With improved efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and minimal environmental impact, it is time to leave behind the harmful consequences of traditional bleach-based disinfectants.


Take the first step in redefining the cleanliness standards of your equine facility by choosing Hygieia-San's Huwa-San disinfectant. Your horses – and the earth – will thank you for it! Get in touch with Hygieia-San today to learn more about their innovative disinfectant products and how they can contribute to a vibrant, healthy, and more sustainable equestrian community.


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