Sanity in Sanitation

A Forgotten Lesson of History

When it comes to health, small omissions can create large concerns.

Here is an example:

In 19th-Century Vienna, common practice between a hospital’s autopsy center and obstetrics clinic was for doctors performing autopsies to go directly into the maternity ward without washing their hands.

Hungarian doctor, Ignaz Semmelweis noticed mothers there were dying of puerperal or "childbed” fever . bacterial infection of the genital tract, commonly caused by beta hemolytic streptococcus - at a rate 3x higher than mothers using midwives.

He surmised post-autopsy handwashing by doctors would help, and it did, reducing mortality below 1%.

Sadly, his “radical” ideas were rejected by the medical establishment; some doctors took offense at being asked to wash their hands! In 1865, Semmelweis was committed to and died in an insane asylum.

Who is Crazy Here?

Still, it was common medical practice that was crazy, not Semmelweis. He was vindicated by the germ-theory and hygienic advances of Pasteur and Lister. Now antiseptic procedures are the norm.

Common cleaning or disinfecting practices of today often make the same crazy mistake, ignoring the little matter of properly removing or inactivating pathogens and creating large infectious disease problems.

In common practice, spraying and wiping with a chemical disinfectant does not remove or kill germs to a level that is truly safe. There isn’t enough dwell time, and the “cleaning” cloth, even microfiber, often spreads rather than totally removes pathogens (Ref. 1) and (Ref. 2). This may leave an infectious dose, especially for vulnerable persons such as children and the elderly.

In addition, most disinfectants add a hazardous substance to the indoor space, and that’s why EPA-Registered disinfectants are classified as pesticides under FIFRA (Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act).

Disinfectant ingredients may cause sensitivities, asthma, allergies and worse. (Ref. 3)



Crazy by the Numbers

So, let’s define crazy by the numbers:

Chemical sensitivity1. Let’s bring into our homes and businesses a poison that doesn’t work as commonly applied and leaves a substance that can make us sick. 12.6% of people are chemically-sensitive to low-levels of common chemicals per the National Institutes of Health, and 15.9% of people are chemically-sensitive per the California Department of Health Services.

2. Let’s spend many dollars per gallon for a registered pesticide chemistry that is often ineffective when other methods work better for far less $. The Center for Food Security and Public Health estimates a quaternary (quat) disinfectant concentrate costing $68.00 per gallon will cost $0.27 per RTU gallon (0.5 oz. per gallon of water). Though disinfecting 500-sq. ft. costs $1.35, the median size of an elementary school is 85,000 sq. ft. and the average office building built between 2000-2012 is 19,000-sq. ft. (Dept. of Energy, Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey - CBECS).

Sanity in Sanitation

There is a better way.

By the numbers:

1. Peer-reviewed and research proven (Ref. 4) TANCS® dry steam vapor systems (DSV) are chemical-free, use only tap water to produce hot low-moisture (6%) steam, and leave behind nothing hazardous to make people sick.

2. DSV is applied under low, controlled pressure using insulated tools to clean and disinfect or sanitize hard and porous surfaces, including fabrics, in just seconds of contact time—without the need for minutes of “dwell” time, spreading germs or messy chemicals.

3. DSV kills 100x-1000x as many germs as common disinfectants without exposing people to harmful substances.

4. DSV eliminates or greatly reduces the need to buy chemical cleaners and disinfectants, for a lifetime of savings (e.g., TANCS units have a lifetime guarantee on the boiler).


Stop the Insanity

Insanity has been defined as doing the same things over and over and expecting different results.

Stop the insanity and learn the lesson of Semmelweis – that the little things are the big things.

Call 800-997-6584 for more information about patented TANCS dry steam vapor technology . an unsurpassed method to eradicate the little things, invisible pathogens, to avoid big infection problems; and all without the use of harmful, costly chemicals.


1. Spread of bacteria on surfaces when cleaning with microfiber cloths. Journal of Hospital Infection, February, 2009.

2. Microbial Contamination of Hospital Reusable Cleaning Towels. American Journal of Infection Control, 2013.

3. Cleaning Products May Increase Your Risk of Chronic Lung Diseases Like Asthma, Study Shows, Newsweek, 2017.

4. Reduction in the microbial load on high-touch surfaces in hospital rooms by treatment with a portable saturated steam vapor disinfection system, American Journal of Infection Control, 2011.