Researched. Tested. Proven. Published.
DAB took its claims to the medical profession and proved them in three peer-reviewed articles in medical journals.
"We know that DAB works well in the laboratory, but does that translate to working well in the real world? We did a study to see if DAB works to reduce bacteria on the hands of doctors, nurses, and other health care workers in a clinical setting. DAB was superior to alcohol based sanitizer in that study."
Sidney W. Bondurant, M.D. – Senior Medical Officer, DAB Hand Sanitizer
These published articles, including the test results against a surrogate coronavirus, and our Safety Data Sheet can be requested below.
What Is Our Active Ingredient BZK and How Does DAB Kill Germs?
Benzalkonium chloride (BZK), the active ingredient in DAB and 1 of 3 FDA allowed “hand rub” active ingredients, is a well-established quaternary ammonium compound known to be effective in killing germs.
"The cationic “headgroup” of BZK is progressively adsorbed to the negatively charged phosphate heads of phospholipids in the lipid bilayer, and as a result, increase in concentration. The consistent increase of BZK concentration results in reduced fluidity of the membrane and thus the creation of hydrophilic gaps in the membrane.
In addition, the alkyl chain “tail” component of BZK further perturbs and disrupts the membrane bilayer by permeating the barrier and disrupting its physical and biochemical properties. Protein function is subsequently disturbed and the combination of the aforementioned effects results in the solubilization of the bilayer constituents into BZK/phospholipid micelles. BZK also interrupts intercellular targets and compromises the conformational behavior of DNA."
(A. Golin, D. Choi, and A. Ghahary: Hand Sanitizers, A Review of Ingredients, Mechanisms of Action, Modes of Delivery, and Efficacy Against Coronavirus. American Journal of Infection Control)
So, What Makes DAB “Unique” Among Hand Sanitizers?
Our formula uses a proprietary technique that reduces the surface tension of the liquid DAB, something not found in other hand sanitizers. By reducing surface tension DAB does not “bead” like water does on surfaces but spreads out immediately.
Since germs hide in the cracks and crevices of the skin and the normal skin oils make it difficult for high surface tension liquids to cover completely those cracks and crevices, DAB is able to get its BZK to “find” more germs. And when it finds them, it kills them.
Alcohol sanitizers have no persistence on the skin and BZK is known to have hours of persistence. Due to the skin covering and binding to more surface area of the skin, including those hard to get to cracks and crevices, DAB provides hours of glove-like protection of the hands.
Evaluation Of The Residual Antimicrobial Activity Against Staphylococcus Aureus
DAB keeps on killing bacteria for at least 4 hours by creating a glove-like barrier of protection.
"The most important idea to consider is that it is not when we wash or sanitize our hands that we contract germs, but rather the time in between washes and applications. And DAB fills that gap."
Trey King, Founder of DAB Hand Sanitizer + Protectant
Let The Facts Do The Talking
DAB eradicates 99.99% of the tested bacteria, including the Enterococcus faecium bacteria, now shown to be developing tolerance to alcohol based hand sanitizers.
DAB is clinically proven to kill:
- Acinetobacter baumanii ATCC 19606
- Staphylococcus haemolyticus ATCC 29970
- Bacteroides fragilis ATCC 25285
- Staphylococcus saprophyticus ATCC 15305
- Haemophilus influenza ATCC 19418
- Staphylococcus hominis ATCC 27844
- Enterobacter aerogenes ATCC 35029
- Streptococcus pyogenes ATCC 19615
- Escherichia coli ATCC 25922
- Enterococcus faecalis ATCC 29212
- Escherichia coli O157:H7 ATCC 43895
- Enterococcus faecium ATCC 19434
- Klebsiella oxytoca ATCC 43162
- Streptococcus pneumoniae ATCC 6302
- Klebsiella pneumonia ATCC 4352
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 27853
- Proteus mirabilis ATCC 7002
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 15442
- Serratua marcescens ATCC 14756
- Candida glabrata ATCC 26512
- Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 29213
- Candida albicans ATCC 10231
- Staphylococcus aureus MRSA ATCC 33592
- Micrococcus lutes ATCC 7468
- Staphylococcus epidermidis ATCC 12228
Independently tested and clinically proven.
Tested against 22 challenge organisms, DAB killed 99.99% of them within 15 seconds and showed persistent, hours-long protection compared to just minutes for alcohol-based products. But don’t take our word for it. DAB was recently evaluated in the American Journal of Infection Control …twice.