1Why would I use Hygenall?
From toys to diaper bags, studies have shown that lead and other toxic metals are found on many products and surfaces we use everyday, and the list of contaminated products grows each year. Lead poisoning can affect nearly every system in the body. Because lead dust and other toxic metal dust is typically invisible to the naked eye, and poisoning often occurs with no obvious symptoms, it frequently goes unrecognized. Lead poisoning can cause learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and, at very high levels, seizures, coma, and even death. Using Hygenall at least once a day can significantly lower your risk from incidental exposure to toxic metal dust by removing it from your skin in a healthful manner.
2When should I use Hygenall?
At a minimum, instead of using soap and water at the end of the day before bedtime, showering, and before mealtime, we recommend washing with Hygenall soap or wiping exposed skin with Hygenall and then rinsing with fresh clean water. Children, pregnant mothers, and workers who are exposed to metals should follow this routine daily. School age children should use Hygenall after school or day-care, or after playing in areas where plastic and painted toys are often used, or where they may have had contact with walls in older buildings. Hygenall should be used instead of soap and water, or alcohol based hand cleaners and gels in these applications. Hygenall removes toxic metal dust, cleans and removes most common germs. WARNING: HYGENALL IS NOT A CURE FOR LEAD POISONING NOR WILL IT PROTECT YOU FROM LEAD IN WATER OR IF YOU INHALE LEAD DUST. IF YOU SUSPECT LEAD POISONING CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATLY.
3What is Toxic Hand-off?
Unseen, microscopic metal dust sticks to skin through a strong positive electrostatic charge. Your body has a negative charge. Since washing with soap and water will not remove all the metals on your skin, you can carry metals home with you through a process identified by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) as “Toxic Hand-Off”. Toxic Hand-Off addresses how lead dust can be transferred to other people and children. Click here for the white paper called Toxic Hand-Off.
4Will Soap and Water, Alcohol, or Alcohol Based Sanitizer Gels work?
No. Washing with soap and water (both liquid and bar soaps) may increase the chance the chance that metals will sink lower into the skin layers. Alcohol cleaners do not remove metals.
5How does Hygenall work?
Hygenall products are either patented, or patent pending systems are mild cleaners that are exceedingly effective at breaking the electrostatic bond between metals and skin or surfaces. Hygenall uses a special surfactant to displace metals, and then clean them away, while at the same time also cleaning off dirt, grime and germs. Hygenall products are designed to leave a clean refreshing feeling.
6How are People Poisoned by Lead and What Happens?
Lead enters the bloodstream and accumulates in organs (especially the liver, kidneys and brain), tissues, bones and teeth. Prolonged and repeated exposure increases the levels of lead in the body. The human body absorbs and expels lead very slowly, it is a cumulative poisoning as it can take from weeks to years for the body to expel lead after exposure. Symptoms and the damage done by lead poisoning differ in adults and children. Children absorb lead more easily than adults so are at a greater risk. People who work with lead should be aware that they can bring lead dust into their homes on their clothes.
7How are Children affected by Lead Poisoning?
Low level lead poisoning can be hard to spot as the symptoms don't always make themselves obvious until a later age. Symptoms of those exposed to higher levels of lead can include headaches, a blue line around the gums, tiredness, anemia, abdominal pain, cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, hearing problems, slow growth, foot drop, wrist drop, lack of physical co-ordination, convulsions, coma and death. Lead poisoning causes permanent brain damage, damage to the central nervous system, a drop in IQ, learning disabilities and behavioral problems.
8How are Adults affected by Lead Poisoning?
In adults the symptoms can include headaches, tiredness, a blue line around the gums, anemia, abdominal pain and cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, hearing problems, insomnia, lack of concentration, memory loss, problems with the kidneys, lack of physical co-ordination, high blood pressure, foot drop, wrist drop, abnormal behavior, convulsions, coma and death. Lead poisoning can cause infertility, hearing difficulties, kidney disease, kidney failure, permanent brain damage and damage to the central nervous system. In women lead poisoning can cause stillbirth, miscarriage, premature birth and fetal development problems. Treatment of both adults and children involves removing the source of the lead. In low level lead poisoning this can be all that is needed for the patient to start to recover. In cases with a higher exposure to lead, chelating drugs are used to help the body remove it. Lead poisoning can cause permanent damage to the brain, vital organs, central nervous systems and can be fatal. If you suspect lead poisoning, you must contact your doctor immediately and tell him/her your suspicions.
9Are there metals in the Workplace?
Workers can be exposed to metals through inhalation of fumes and dusts, as well as through ingestion as a result of lead-contaminated hands, food, drinks, cosmetics, tobacco products, and clothing. Furthermore, workers can take metals home on their clothes, skin, hair, tools, and in their vehicles , potentially exposing their families to harmful health effects.
10Why Hygenall?
After years of old school, “home remedy” type solutions on the market that were not effective enough, U.S. Government scientists set out to better understand why toxic metals such as Lead do not clean off easily. After years of research and a lot of hard work, they discovered that metals stick to skin and surfaces through an electrostatic process, essentially, they figured out that regular anionic based soaps, which works by removing the natural oils of your skin, and is also where non-ionic dirt and germs live, didn’t work well at disrupting the electrostatic properties that make metals stick. The scientists involved patented this wonderful new process, that has been third party tested to remove greater than 99% of lead from skin, the hardest of the common metals to remove. Hygenall licensed this technology from the government, and makes products based on this science today.
11What is in Hygenall that makes it so effective?
The patent that Hygenall uses combines a cationic surfactant with a tiny amount of Citric Acid for skin health, and green “sustainable” ingredients which make a fresh cleaning product that is safe for wastewater, and in the case of wipes, safe for waste management. Hygenall products may contain one or more of the patented cationic surfactants for metal removal: hexadecyltrimethylamonium chloride (commercially known as Cetrimonium Chloride), Isostearamidopropyl Morpholine Lactate (ISML on some Hygenall labels, this is the most effective of the cationic surfactants – comes from corn!), and others.
12How much more effective are Hygenall Products over other inexpensive metal cleaners?
According to government studies, Hygenall products are 95% more effective than the worse products, and 45% over some of the better performing products on the market. The ingredients in Hygenall cost more than regular “anionic” soap based products, however Hygenall products are priced only slightly more than the most inexpensive cleaners.
13If cheaper products can also remove heavy metals, why not use them?
Given how heavy metals can dramatically affect the brain in children, or are extremely carcinogenic, and since the main source of contamination is usually working adults, you should want to get rid of these metals as much as possible. Hygenall products that claim >90% efficacy have been tested by well-known and reputable Third Party labs.
14Why not just one product for all metals?
Hygenall scientists work closely with government and industry scientists to better understand how various metals affect humans, and given the wide-ranging characteristics of these metals, no single formulation will work with the highest efficacy possible for each metal. For example, products that are designed to clean off lead oxide (PbO), will not work well with hexavalent chromium (CrVI).
15Do Hygenall products promote water solubility of metals?
No at all, which was one of the main design criteria for our products, in fact, this is one of the reasons why Hygenall does not sell a "non-rinse" soap product.
16What are Chelates?
Chelates are used in extreme cases of chelation therapy to detoxify the body from toxic metals. Chelates are ingredients such as Disodium EDTA (which is very dangerous, and outlawed by the FDA for any use), Calcium Disodium EDTA, large amounts of Citric Acid (some Hygenall products have a very small amount of Citric Acid to promote skin health).
17Do Hygenall wipe products “smear” when used?
No. There used to be products on the market that left an oily or greasy sensation after use, and we get the occasional question if ours does the same.
18Are Hygenall products guaranteed?
Yes! As far as we know, we are the only company in the industry that offers a guarantee. Contact us at info@hygenall.com for details.
19What is the relationship between the U.S. Government and Hygenall?
Hygenall makes several products under license from the National Institute of Health, whom owns the patents in several Hygenall products.
20Is rinsing required after using Hygenall Non-Rinse wipe products?
No. Hygenall wipes are awesome for cleaning and decontamination! If you read the instructions carefully, it say’s “For increased effectiveness, use second wipe followed by rinsing.” The added rinse instructions are meant for skin that has been heavily contaminated, and for extra measure, we included the “rinse” statement.
21Is using a washcloth required with Hygenall Soap products?
No. Again, out of the abundance of caution, we have included the suggestion of using a washcloth with our soaps on the label.
22Do I need to rinse after using Hygenall soaps?
Yes. Like any soap, you need to rinse off afterwards, otherwise you are going to have a bunch of dried soap on your hands, and who wants that?
23Do you make a soap for skin that does not require rinsing?
We found in our research that non-rinse soaps were not all that great for removing metal dust, even if you wipe the formulation off. Basically we found that you would simply be pushing the metals around, which could be a hazard in shooting sports, firing ranges, and jobs where metal exposure is chronic.
24Are Hygenall products Green?
Yes! When these products are being developed, we keep an eye on dangerous chemicals, including chemicals that might be on FDA or EPA watch lists, and we avoid them. Our wipes are made primarily from sustainable wood cloth, our ingredients are mostly naturally derived, and even the slight fragrance we use comes from natural plant based oils, rather than dangerous petrochemicals. We use refillable designs wherever possible, including our reusable wipe tubs, and our liquid containers. All plastics that we use are 100% recyclable.