Aerelle AF is available in various dispensing forms to suit lifestyle or applications. It may be dispensed in
easy dispersable foam or a convenient spray. Dispenser options include pocket size to commercial wall
mount, refillable and pouch refills.
The benzalkonium chloride (BAC) based formulation is ideal for environments where a non-alcohol hand
sanitiser is required. Aerelle AF is safe, effective and non-irritating. It kills 99.99% of most common germs
that may cause illness and is dye and fragrance-free. It is compatible with vinyl, nitrile and latex gloves.
Non – alcohol hand sanitizers are most often found in prisons, correctional facilities and schools where
regulations restrict the use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers.
This sanitiser is perfect for use in facilities that require a non-alcohol solution.
About Aerelle AF’s active ingredient – Benzalkonium chloride
Benzalkonium chloride (BAC) is a major non-alcohol-based active ingredient used for clinical, food line,
and domestic household biocides. A biocide is a general term for a chemical agent, that may be applied
topically in/on living tissue (antiseptic) or on inanimate objects (disinfectant), in order to inhibit the growth of or
Antiseptic hand sanitisers have been shown to subdue the prevalence of the common cold, acute respiratory
syndromes, gastroenteritis, viral influenza, and more. Similarly, they are important in limiting hospital-acquired
(nosocomial) infections by Pseudomonas aeruginosa, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
(MRSAs), and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VREs). For such preventative measures, there are a
variety of hand sanitisers available with alcohol-based and alcohol-free antiseptic agents including ethanol
and benzalkonium chloride. Despite speculations of evolving resistance, BACs are extensively used biocides
especially potent against enveloped microorganisms like Gram-positive bacteria and some viruses.
The key component of BAC’s antimicrobial activity is membrane destruction. This is most effective against
Gram-positive bacteria, some Gram-negative bacteria, some enveloped viruses, fungi, yeasts and protozoa
due to varying surface structures.
Non-sporulating Gram-positive bacteria:
Staphylococcus aureus is a Gram-positive bacterium that can survive on antiseptic-free hands for at least
150 minutes, allowing it to spread and persist as a leading cause of nosocomial infections.
However, S. aureus is readily killed with BACs because their cell walls are chiefly composed of slightly negatively-
charged peptidoglycan and teichoic acids. These surface structures also lack effective permeability
properties and allow uptake of more BACs and other antimicrobial substances.
Some viruses require a lipid envelope, which serves a dual function: first, as a protective barrier from harsh
environmental conditions of pH or desiccation, and secondly as an undesirable target for BAC-based antiseptics.
Therefore, enveloped viruses like human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV),
influenza virus, measles virus, vaccinia virus, meningopneumonitis virus, Semliki Forest virus, canine distemper
virus, rabies virus, fowl laryngotracheitis, and feline pneumonitis virus are all susceptible to BACs.