Oxivir Five 16 One-Step Disinfectant, All-Purpose & Bath Cleaner (Hospital Grade, RTD) 4963357

NOTE: All of the Oxivir products below are EPA registered for use against COVID-19. See CDC Guidance.
Disinfectants are widely misused and overused, but most common products can cause asthma. Cleaning with just plain soap, all purpose cleaners, and/or microfiber cloth can reduce 99% or more of bacteria from surfaces. Otherwise, try disinfectants below which have lactic acid, caprylic acid, citric acid, or hydrogen peroxide as active ingredients. Thymol is also a good choice for consumer use. Check our new safer cleaning during COVID-19 page. 

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When to Use

Use on floors, walls, glass and other hard surfaces.  Wool Safe® approved for use in carpet extraction, prespray and spotting. To use as a general purpose or floor cleaner, dilute 1:256 (otherwise it will make the surface sticky); as a sanitizer dilute 1:128; as a disinfectant, dilute 1:64 or 1:16 (depending on what germs you are trying to kill).  Like other disinfectants, in order to kill viruses and bacteria, it must remain wet on the surface for these number of minutes.  Detailed instructions.



Cost Savings

Concentrated products are significantly cheaper than ready-to-use products (which average 15 times more expensive).  

Portable ready-to-dispense (RTD) J-Flex dispenser (shown left) that temporarily attaches to a faucet or wall-mounted dispensers are tamper-proof, automatic, closed-loop dilution dispensers that:

  • Save money because it prevents waste by measuring the right amount of concentrated cleaners into hand-held ready-to-use (RTU) bottles.  When a cleaner is diluted incorrectly or too strongly, it doesn’t clean as well.
  • Are safest because workers cannot accidentally get dangerous concentrated cleaners on themselves.  

Dispense with a J-fill by attaching temporarily to a faucet via a hook-up kit.


Environmental & Health Information

Hydrogen-peroxide products do not contain asthma-causing chemicals (like bleach or quaternary ammonium compounds), or alkyl phenol ethoxylates (which break down into toxic byproducts). This product is readily biodegradable. Ready-to-Dispense (RTD) dispenser measures correct dilutions and is a closed-loop automatic dilution system - the safest for users. 

Info on this product category: Disinfectants

Why Go Green

Green disinfectants on this site: 

  • Can be just as effective at killing germs - see the US EPA label for details
  • Have safer ingredients. Most common disinfectants contain chemicals that cause asthma.
  • Reduce waste, by emphasizing recycled and/or recyclable packaging.
  • Are sold as concentrates whenever possible, which means that shipping weight is 1/64 – 1/256 that of ready to use products - dramatically reducing fuel requirements for shipping.
  • Use dilution systems to prevent exposure to concentrated products.


  1. Use disinfectants sparingly.
  2. Disinfectants are good for surfaces that are touched frequently, like doorknobs and keyboards.
  3. A surface is not disinfected if the disinfectant is wiped away too soon. Disinfectants must sit/dwell on a surface for the number of minutes listed on the bottle. 
  4. Confused about ingredients? If the ingredient has the words "ammonium chloride" somewhere in a long chemical name, it is probably a quaternary ammonium compound, or "quat." These are to be avoided.
  5. Looking for products certified by an ecolabel organization (such as Green Seal)?  You probably won't find any.  Federal regulations prohibit ecolabels on pesticides, and disinfectants are considered pesticides.

Criteria for Disinfectants

Products must be EPA registered as disinfectants or hard surface sanitizers, and contain only the following active ingredients: Hydrogen peroxide, citric acid, lactic acid, or caprylic acid.  Products must not contain quaternary ammonium compounds or alkylphenol ethoxylates. Concentrated products must be adapted for use in a closed-loop dilution system. 

Last updated

Last updated: 
March 12, 2014


In 2014, SF Environment and the Green Purchasing Institute completed an alternatives analysis to identify the safest disinfectants. The report examined:

  • Worker health hazards
  • Environmental impacts
  • Effectiveness for various disease organisms
  • Length of time needed to kill germs
  • Compatibility with surfaces

Conclusion: Use hydrogen peroxide, lactic acid, citric acid, or caprylic acid-based disinfectants when feasible. They show the highest potential for reducing risks to workers and the environment. Some worked very well in pilot tests at the San Francisco Unified School District. For concentrated products, a closed loop dilution system is preferred. Thymol is also an option for consumer use.

Guide for City Staff

City Custodians:

  1. Are required to buy these cleaners (if needed):
  2. Post the City department green cleaning checklist/poster.
  3. Post tips (for microfibers, disinfecting, dusting, polishing, floor care, kitchens, restrooms) and watch custodial green cleaning training videos in English, Cantonese, and Spanish made by SF Environment. 
  4. Disinfectants are only important for surfaces like doorknobs.
  5. Switch to microfiber mops and cloths, which can prevent injuries because there's no need for heavy mop buckets.
  6. Install closed-loop dilution systems (if possible) to prevent employee exposure to hazardous concentrates.

Non-custodial City Staff:

Recycling Instructions

It's illegal to trash cleaners (and other chemicals, electronics, lighting, metal, paints). So do one of the following:

  • Use what you already have. 
  • Give them to someone who needs them.
  • Legally and safely dispose them. Post this recycling poster above each trash bin. Then get a pick up.

Citywide Contract

Special Purchasing Instructions

See discounted prices for two 1.5 liter bottles/case in the most recent Janitorial Cleaners Contract Award.

Guide for Small Businesses & Homes

  • Try microfiber mops and cloths, which can get rid of 99% of bacteria with plain water.
  • Make your own cleaners from common materials like baking soda, castille soap, or lemon juice.
  • See consumer products on GoodGuide.
  • Use disinfectants sparingly. The most important surfaces are doorknobs.
  • Choose ready-to-use, peroxide- or citric acid-based disinfectants.  Avoid disinfectants that list hypochlorites or quaternary ammonium compounds as ingredients (e.g., ammonium chloride).
  • Small businesses can save money by switching to industrial/institutional cleaners.  Ready-to-use products are 15 times more expensive than concentrates.
  • Custodial companies that are SF Green Businesses should watch custodial green cleaning training videos in English, Cantonese, and Spanish and consider posting Custodial Green Cleaning Tips (available in Spanish and Chinese) by SF Environment.
  • Legally and safely dispose of cleaners (and other chemicals, electronics, lighting, metal, paints) in the San Francisco Bay Area or rest of the U.S

Guide for Large Organizations

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