A 7” x 7” black sponge cloth with a soft moist feel.
It is the next generation of skin and hard surfaces sanitizers.
It is a broad spectrum, powerful antimicrobial, in the form of a convenient, ecological, cost-effective wipe. It comes in a 7” x 7” hand and surface wipe, a 3.5” x 3.5” phone and electronics wipe. It also comes in various dry-use forms for door knobs, kitchen and car covers for often touched surfaces.
IoWipe is a new way to control delivery of iodine. The water moistened wipe slowly releases micro-doses of iodine, only in the presence of micro-organisms. It will not release the iodine if no organic matter is present, thus increasing its longevity, and decreasing the cost to the consumer.
Because it is a multi-use wipe, you can carry it anywhere and use it when it isn’t convenient or possible to wash your hands. You can not only wipe your hands, you can wipe your face (instead of touching it with your hands), wipe surfaces and utensils (like forks and knives in restaurants) keyboards and mice, your visa card after using, etc.
You can also use it as a barrier to things you don’t want to touch, like door handles (your car, offices etc.) objects in public (like shopping carts), wiping down mail and deliveries and even food containers brought home from the supermarket.
Iodine is antiseptic to prevent infection and disinfecting to kill germs. As a result, the wipe is self-sanitizing and always ready for its next use.
· Self-sterilizing. In or out of its pouch, its iodine content continues to kill any micro-organisms picked up by the wipe, maintaining its germ free and sanitizing properties for its next use.
· Protective Presence. Leaves behind a minute amount of iodine which acts as a barrier on the skin or hard surface, discouraging re-infection or bacterial growth. Also, as it evaporates, it releases a cleansing vapor which sanitizes items in a confined space (e.g. keep your mask in the plastic bag with the wipe to sanitize it).
· Low Maintenance. Simply rinse with cool water to remove any surface debris and squeeze out to return to its original damp softness
· Economical. It’s reusable, and therefore more economical on a cost per use basis than single use throw away wipes. It is space-saving, eliminating the need to purchase or store wiper canisters, pump bottles, wall dispensers, and wiper packets, etc.
· Ecological. The user will know when its antimicrobial effectiveness is dissipated as soon as its black begins to fade. Return for ½ price replacement. (The longevity of the wipes’ effectiveness depends on frequency of use, number of users, and the amount of germ exposure.) This product also dramatically eliminates the waste produced by the disposal of used wipes, wiper canisters, wrappers, dispensers, spray bottles, towelettes, etc. It may be shared in an office by multiple users, eliminating the need for numerous types of sanitizing dispensers.
· Convenience. Carried or stored in a re-sealable moisture retaining plastic pouch which can be kept in handbag or pocket for handy accessibility.
· Cosmetic Skin Treatment. Soft with a pleasing texture thus allowing for possible use in sanitizing the face or eyelids to reduce possible adverse effects caused by the presence of certain bacteria.
Note: If the wipe begins to feel slightly dry or stiffens due to being stored outside its storage bag, simply dampen with a little water and gently squeeze to distribute the water throughout the wipe and replace in re-sealable storage bag. IoWipe should always be in a moist but not soaked. To remove excess water simply squeeze out till damp.
Replacement: Replace at first sign of fading from jet black.
Remember: The longevity of the wipes’ effectiveness depends on frequency of use, number of users, and the amount of germ exposure. The wipe only dissipates iodine in the presence of organic matter (like microbes) so, if you pick up debris (like crumbs or dirt) it will continually discharge and use up the iodine prematurely. It is meant to sanitize, not clean visibly dirty surfaces.
Eco-Friendly Return Policy: At that point you can come back to the website and click on the Recycle Button to receive 50% off the product you are recycling. We’ll ship you out your new item upon receipt of your used product. This built in recycling process dramatically eliminates the waste produced by the disposal of used wipes, wiper canisters, wrappers, dispensers, spray bottles, towelettes, etc.
Iodine sensitivity and related allergic reactions are uncommon, as iodine is already utilized by the body and necessary for health. However, in hypersensitive people, exposure to iodine may cause redness when applied to the skin. If so, discontinue use and, if desired apply corticosteroid cream to help relieve the symptoms of an iodine hypersensitivity.
If you should experience a sensitivity to the product, either gift it to another, or return for a full refund.
Note: The iodine in wet IoWipes will stain paper and some material.
WHAT IS THE IoWIPE?
IoWipe is a new way to control delivery of iodine, one of the world’s strongest antimicrobials. The water moistened wipe slowly releases micro-doses of iodine, only in the presence of micro-organisms. It will not release the iodine if no organic matter is present, thus increasing its longevity, and decreasing the cost to the consumer.
WHY WAS IT DEVELOPED?
Current alcohol and quaternary amine-derived wipers are not sufficiently germicidal, especially against resistant bacteria, and many viruses. A better product was needed.
WHAT IS ITS COMPOSITION?
A durable, water absorbing soft, biocompatible sponge chemically related to carbohydrates. It is specially complexed (not impregnated) with iodine, therefore, the iodine will not wash out when moistened with water. Being moist is necessary to maintain its effectiveness to transfer the iodine to a broad surface or hands.
Only a few parts per million of iodine is necessary to kill most germs. Iodine products available in the drugstore may contain up to 20,000 parts per million of iodine. The excess iodine is not required to be germicidal, and may cause burning, staining and odor. IoWipe is a new way to control delivery of iodine to avoid these disadvantages. The moist IoWipe control releases the iodine in 2-3 parts per million continuously, and only in the presence of micro-organisms.
WHAT ARE THE DEFICIENCIES OF CURRENT WIPES
Current lotions like Purell as well as wet wipes are mostly based on alcohol or quaternary amines and are meant to function only as disinfectants. However, iodine kills germs with small amounts in 3 categories: antiseptics to prevent infection, disinfectants which kill germs and as a sterilant to sanitize inanimate surfaces.
The concentration of 60-70% alcohol in hand lotions is critical, as more than 70% or less than 60% reduces the effectiveness of alcohol. In theory, 70% alcohol should reduce bacteria count by 90% when in contact with the skin. However, because of alcohol’s quick evaporation its concentration, so critical to its effectiveness, is seriously reduced. Tests have shown that in practice, a thoroughly wet alcohol applicator swab only reduces the general bacterial count by 70%, leaving many resistant bacteria and viruses still active. Also, alcohol does not treat many types of viruses and has little or no effect on spores. Alcohol kills by denaturing or drying out microorganisms. However, it also dries out the skin, possibly producing cracking and vulnerability to infection. Tests have shown that skin that has been frequently exposed to alcohol becomes more susceptible to infection, as the skin’s natural barrier to infection is compromised. Most important, alcohol, after evaporation produces no germ fighting residue to resist future infection while the use of IoWipe results in an inhibiting environment to germs.
Quaternary amine or benzalkonium chloride solutions impregnated into multi wipe delivery packs in products such as SaniHands, Clorox, Wet Ones and towelettes are considered to be low level antimicrobials by the CDC and cannot therefore be reliable biocides to treat resistant bacteria.
“Taking into consideration all available information on iodine, including its relatively low acute toxicity, the reversibility of subclinical hypothyroidism, the low toxicity of the iodophor complexes, the Food and Drug Administration’s designation of iodide as a “Generally
Recognized As Safe (GRAS)” chemical, the presence of iodine in food products, and the sporadic and short-term nature of the antimicrobial uses, the Agency concludes that exposure to iodine and iodophor complexes from the EPA-registered uses present no risk of concern. No mitigation measures are necessary at this time.” Click here for complete 6/3/2009 reference.
You’ll notice that the bacteriacidal capability of the material tested meets the maximum criteria in almost every case: Click here to see list of micro-organisms tested.
*IoWipe is based on same technology as the bandage, but in a consumer application.
“I have completed extensive testing of prototype Halo-plex bandages against a wide variety of microbes, including bacteria, fungi and viruses. The product is amazing in its bactericidal effectiveness against the full spectrum of Gram-postivie bacteria including significant pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes, Streptococcus aglactiae, Enterococcus faecalis, and Streptococcus pneumoniae. It is equally effective against all of the common pathogenic and potentially pathogenic Gram-negative bacteria including Salmonella enteritidis, Escherichia coli, Enterobacter cloacae, all of the Enterobacteriaceae, Yersinia enterocolictica and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. I have also tested it against a variety of fungi, both yeast types such as Candida albicans, and other species as well as mold fungi including the dermatophytes with a successful outcome…”
“My concern in the lateral transmission of the live Vaccinia virus (which is the surrogate virus used to vaccinate against smallpox) present at the vaccination sites that may be spread by direct or indirect contact to children, HIV patients, other immunosupressed individuals, atopic dermatitis patients, etc.
“The virus is hearty and survives on formites including clothing, bandages, etc. and may contaminate the environment. However, the Halo-plex bandage covering effectively controls and prevents spread of the viruses. Using the Halo-plex over a gauze covering and then applying the semi-permeable outer layer will definitely best control the spread of the live virus at the vaccination site.
“While I could not test for the Vaccinia virus per se, it so happens that both Vaccinia and Herpes viruses are contained with about 75ppm available iodine according the literature. I used the Herpes virus as my test virus for the Halo-plex bandage. The unique composition of the Halo-plex bandage is most effective against viruses.
“The Halo-plex bandage is superior to all of the other germicides tested for this purpose—in fact, it is unique! The bandage can therefore be used as an antiseptic covering on all vaccinated persons during their vaccination period (from the beginning of inoculation until the time that the scab separates) thereby preventing lateral transmission of the Vaccinia virus to susceptible individuals including children, and other high risk immuo-suppressed individuals in the general population who may come in contact with them.”
Solomon Rosenblatt was born July 17, 1929 and grew up in East New York, a part of Brooklyn, New York. He was one of two children, with a younger sister, Bernice. His father, Abraham, was an artist but worked long hours in the garment industry. His mother, Estelle was a housewife. Both parents had emigrated from a village near Kiev, in the Ukraine. The family was of Russian Jewish heritage. Sol attended public schools and was always interested in science. He had a small chemistry lab in his basement and liked especially to produce chemical effects involving colors.
The Depression was very hard on the family, but Sol’s father always insisted that he remain in school and go to college. Sol followed a cousin’s example and attended City College of New York, which was well-respected and tuition-free. The curriculum he followed was technical. His first job, with the City of New York, involved assessing paint quality, e.g. for park benches, before moving on to evaluating cement for the new water tunnels being built to service Manhattan.
The curriculum he followed was technical. His first job, with the City of New York, involved assessing paint quality, e.g. for park benches, before moving on to evaluating cement for the new water tunnels being built to service Manhattan.
He met his wife Vicky, married in 1954 and had 3 children, David, Joel and Elise. In the late 1950s, Germans influenced and ran companies that were in the chemical industry, and anti-Semitism was still rampant, but Sol found work as a paint chemist at Heyden Newport Corporation, where management was partially Jewish. While there he invented a water-based enamel.
With their first child, the Rosenblatts moved to pursue a new opportunity in Sacramento, California at Aerojet General where Sol was asked to build a chemistry lab to begin work on Polaris missile polymer propellants in preparation for the Polaris nuclear submarine. As part of this mission, he developed an epoxy propellant, and a safe way to use more powerful hydrazine perchlorate oxidizers.
Moving back to New Jersey in the mid 1960s, his next job was with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Company, which was building a space capsule for the Apollo program. Fuel cells were necessary for power so he invented insulating separators to prevent overheating and membranes to make the fuel cell waste water potable. He then developed a self-sealing device to close potential meteorite holes in fuel cell radiators.
In the 1960s, reading about J&J’s legal difficulties due to lint from gauze left behind in surgery, Sol invented a lint-free sponge. He called it Merocel, based on Dr. Christopher Wilson’s polyvinyl alcohol sponge chemistry, and founded Merocel Corporation.
The company grew to one hundred employees in Mystic, Connecticut, and Sol’s wife Vicky, who spoke multiple languages, became the manager of international sales, demonstrating the many Merocel sponge products, e.g. for opthamology, neurology and ENT. She was able to easily convey the benefits of the products to Italian and French medical professionals, because she could speak their languages.
With world-wide sales, the company was purchased by MedTronic in the 1990s. The facility that manufactures this product today makes a variety of different kinds of surgical sponge products. These products make procedures safer due to the product’s significant improvements over gauze and by providing a cleaner operational site. Thirty years later, what was created as Merocel, is still used for many medical applications especially for cataract and other microsurgery.
After retiring from daily business life in “approximately 1990,” Sol remained interested in the properties of iodine after working on the Apollo Mission during which he was concerned with infection control among the astronauts and their bringing strange bacteria to the moon. Returning later to explore this concern resulted in his developing a patch to guard against infection caused by possible terrorist activities like smallpox, anthrax, and other plagues. This patch was tested and definitively killed the Herpes virus, a virus more resistant than small pox. Specifically, the patch would prevent the live virus at the site of vaccination from being inadvertently spread to those coming in contact with those vaccinated, with children, the elderly and the immune-compromised being most vulnerable. It was recommended by a prominent microbiologist who tested the material that Sol immediately contact the CDC and the Department of Homeland Security, to inform them of this invention for use on a national basis to improve the safety of vaccinations. Despite multiple attempts, no one in these agencies responded to his communications.
Sol’s growing awareness of the increasing drug resistance among microbes due to antibiotic overuse in animals and humans, led Sol to develop a biocompatible antimicrobial bandage for chronic wounds that would not heal due to resistant microbes. This bandage, now called IoPlex, is distributed by MedLine. It is currently used to heal thousands of patients who previously had no other option (since the current dressings on the market were not working), but to nurse their chronic wounds for years and remain compromised and vulnerable.
Always wanting to make something useful from theory and experience, his mind never stops inventing.
In 2020, Sol will be 91 years old. He and Vicky met 66 years ago on New Year’s Eve, 1954.