How do you sanitize with iodophor?

Answered by Tom Adger

To sanitize with iodophor, you will need the following:

– BTF Iodophor sanitizer
– Cold water
– A container or bucket for mixing
– A timer or stopwatch

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to properly sanitize using iodophor:

1. Measure the amount of water you need based on the recommended usage. For 5 gallons of water, you will need ½ oz of iodophor. For 2 ½ gallons, you will need ¼ oz.

2. Fill your container or bucket with the measured amount of cold water. It’s important to use cold water as hot water can reduce the effectiveness of iodophor.

3. Add the appropriate amount of iodophor to the water. For example, if you are using 5 gallons of water, add ½ oz of iodophor to the container.

4. Mix the solution well to ensure the iodophor is evenly distributed in the water. You can use a stirring utensil or simply swirl the container gently.

5. Once the solution is mixed, immerse the items or surfaces that need to be sanitized into the iodophor solution. Make sure they are fully submerged.

6. Set a timer for two minutes. It is important to allow the iodophor solution to have at least two minutes of contact time with the items or surfaces to effectively sanitize them.

7. After two minutes, remove the items or surfaces from the iodophor solution. It’s important to let them air dry rather than rinsing them off, as rinsing can remove the sanitizing effect of iodophor.

8. Allow the items or surfaces to air dry completely before using them again. It may take some time for the iodophor solution to evaporate, so be patient and avoid wiping or drying them with a towel.

9. Remember to store the iodophor solution in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding storage and shelf life.

It’s important to note that iodophor is a chemical sanitizer and should be handled with care. Avoid contact with eyes, skin, or clothing, and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe use.

In my personal experience, I have found iodophor to be a reliable and effective sanitizer. Its low-foaming and odorless properties make it easy to work with, and the recommended usage guidelines provide clear instructions for achieving proper sanitization. I have used iodophor in various settings, including home brewing and food preparation, and have always been satisfied with the results. However, it’s important to always follow the recommended usage and contact time to ensure effective sanitization.