Defeat Athlete's Foot: New Clorox Product Kills Microbes Living On Surfaces In 30 Seconds

We’re always looking for new products that promise to keep our environments just a little more germ-free. Anyone who has kids of school-age knows what we’re talking about! You’re also probably particularly concerned about microbes on the surfaces in your home if you’ve ever been unfortunate enough to come down with a foot fungus like athlete’s foot or toenail fungus. These infections tend to be like grandma’s fruitcake — no matter how much you try to politely decline, they just keep coming back! One new product that caught our attention is the Clorox 4 in One Disinfectant & Sanitizer.

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What is Clorox 4 in 1 Disinfectant & Sanitizer?

Clorox has long been known for producing products that kill mold, fungus, and illness-causing bacteria on hard surfaces. But did you know that illness-causing bacteria can survive on soft surfaces for 20 to 80 days? According to the manufacturer, the new Clorox 4 in One “sanitizes soft surfaces, disinfects hard surfaces, eliminates airborne, odor-causing bacteria, and reduces allergens.”

In just 30 seconds, you can kill bacteria on chairs, couches, curtains, bedspreads, mattresses, garbage cans, sports bags, mats, and rugs. It’s EPA-registered to kill 24 key pathogens from cold and flu viruses, to E.Coli and Salmonella, to MRSA and Athlete’s Foot. To kill these persistent illnesses, you need to let the spray sit for five minutes.

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Are there any limitations for Clorox 4 in 1?

Clorox is a great product, but you may not want to use it for everything. For instance, we’re not keen on the idea of spraying it in our shoes. The Clorox Company says you should wash with soap and water if it comes into contact with your skin or after using the product. The “hazardous ingredients” list includes: ethanol, dipropylene glycol, and propane. None of these ingredients are particularly carcinogenic in such low concentration, but we just don’t like the idea of our feet going into a pool of chemicals. (Think about how your feet sweat over a pint of fluid a day!) So, what else can you use to combat athlete’s foot?

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In addition to Clorox, hospitals also use germicidal UV light.

Clorox has been a mainstay in hospitals for many years. Yet, there are some applications where germicidal UV light is being used instead. The product only disinfects as well as the user coats a surface. Many institutions find it’s easier to cover a complete surface area with light than it is to cover it with spray.

Our shoe-sanitizing device, the SteriShoe UV shoe sanitizer, works much the same way. You simply place your shoes in the shoe bags provided, insert the device inside the shoes, and switch the “on” button for a 45-minute cycle. It will automatically turn off when it’s done — after killing up to 99.9% of the bacteria, fungus, viruses and pathogens in your footwear. Shoe sanitization is an essential step in preventing a recurrence of athlete’s foot or toenail fungus. It’s also a great way to get rid of foot odor! You can find more information at

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