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V-Air Solid Why It’s Above the Rest When It Comes To Air Fresheners

V-Air Solid Evolution VS The Competition – EMEA

Please click on the link above to download and see why Vectair is ahead of the game against the competition for Air Fresh systems and products.

You’ll love them so please ask for a sample or price from our sales team.


Essex Supplies & Bio Productions Enzyme Based Cleaning Products For All Washroom Tasks

Bio Productions and Essex Supplies are loving the current buzz about Pro-Biotics, sustainability and Environmental Innovations because we got there first, more than 30 years ago.
Since 1986 we have dedicated ourselves to developing environmentally friendly enzyme-based cleaning and deodorising solutions.

We have always been passionate about creating cleaning products that pack a powerful punch when it comes to cleaning without the nasty environmental impact you might expect.

There’s no need to search far and wide for your ticket to the modern pro-biotic revolution.
Bio-Productions are industry leaders… and we’ve been on your doorstep in the UK for more than three decades.

As the education & hospitality sectors look towards re-opening, now is the time to wave goodbye to smelly washrooms and hello to environmentally sympathetic solutions.

Get started today with our Blu-Away Biological Washroom range. The cleaner and the bio blocks used alone or together are powerful products that will leave urinals, troughs, washroom walls, floors and tiles free flowing clean and odour free. We are UK innovators of pro-biotic washroom cleaners and urinal blocks designed and manufactured by us at our Sussex based plant for over two decades.

Guaranteed service and quality certified to the latest ISO 14001:2015 and 9001:2015 standards. An accredited manufacturer and member of the CHSA and are proud recipients of awards for Environmental Best Practice and member of UK based The Green Organisation , their quality products speak for themselves and that is why our customers keep coming back. Call us to discuss how Essex Supplies and Bio Production products can elevate your washroom with simple sustainable solutions and proven results.

The award winning original Biological Urinal Blocks and Blu-Away Biological Washroom Cleaner. A complete washroom solution for your urinals and contaminated floors.
• Water Saving
• Biodegradable
• Eradicates Odours
• Prevents Blockages
• Green Apple Award Winner


Fighting Coronavirus & Navigating Guidance on Hand Sanitizers

A white paper on the benefits of both 70% alcohol and alcohol-free sanitizers

As the public navigates the countermeasures to the pandemic, clear information on the viability of both 70% alcohol and alcohol-free hand sanitizers is vital for people to stay safe and healthy. This paper presents a side-by-side comparison of the science, standards and use cases of both 70% alcohol and alcohol-free hand sanitizers. This information aims to help consumers make informed decisions on the product(s) they choose to use to protect themselves in the ongoing fight against the virus.

Key takeaways:

  • Both 70% alcohol and alcohol-free hand sanitizers are safe and effective in the fight against coronavirus.
  • Both 70% alcohol and alcohol-free hand sanitizers have passed identical, independently certified European Standard tests, including tests on skin.
  • 70% alcohol hand sanitizer is the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended product and offers a faster virus kill time after application than alcohol-free sanitizer.
  • Alcohol-free hand sanitizer offers longer protection against bacteria and viruses, so in certain circumstances where someone is exposed for an extended period, alcohol-free should be considered a superior option.

A comparison between alcohol-free and 70% alcohol hand sanitizers

Alcohol Free Hand Sanitizer1 70% Alcohol Hand Sanitizer1 Comments on comparison
Effective against Bacteria and viruses Bacteria and viruses

  • Kill time after application Bacteria – 1 minute
  • Viruses – 2 minutes Bacteria – 1 minute
  • Viruses – 1 minute 70% alcohol sanitizer has a quicker kill time for viruses than alcohol-free sanitizer, however kill time for bacteria is the same.
  • Residual defence against bacteria and viruses after application Up to 4 hours2 Up to 2 minutes Alcohol-free sanitizer offers significantly longer protection against bacteria and viruses than alcohol sanitizer.
  • European Standards BS EN 12763
  • BS EN 15004
  • BS EN 15004
  • BS EN 144765 Both sanitizers are subject to identical, independently certified testing methods, including tests on skin.
  • Halal-certified Yes – certified by the Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC) No
  • Active substances Benzalkonium chloride (BKC) and Didecyldimethylammonium chloride (DDAC) Ethanol Alcohol-free sanitizer is softer on the skin. The active substances do not strip away oils in our skin that retain moisture to the same extent as 70% alcohol sanitizer.
  • WHO-recommended (as of August 2020) No Yes Alcohol is the most widely available antimicrobial chemical, and breweries have been able to satisfy the extra demand caused by coronavirus. 70% alcohol hand sanitizer is also easy to manufacture, helping the supply chain when demand is high
  • Essex offer – both 70% alcohol and alcohol-free sanitizers

BS EN 1276 is a European Standard test method that evaluates the efficacy of a disinfectant against bacteria such as MRSA, Salmonella typhimurium, E. Coli, Enterococcus hirae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
BS EN 1500 is a European Standard test method, required by the NHS, that evaluates the efficacy of a hygienic handrub by measuring the number of viable bacteria remaining on the fingertips of human participants after contamination and handrub exposure
BS EN 14476 is a European Standard test method that evaluates the efficacy of a disinfectant against enveloped viruses. Annex A of BS EN 14476 includes coronavirus in the examples of enveloped viruses.

Essex Supplies UK “Business As Normal”

Essex Supplies has been open during the whole lockdown/covid period and we aim to remain open for all our customers and potential new business needs.

We have worked hard to maintain our stock quality and stock levels are up to date and also trying hard to maintain prices as best as we can. We are also adding new products that we feel the market has demanded during COVID 19. 

Our sales force is fully functional (limited or only essential site visits at this time) so feel free to call or email to make contact with any requirements or needs you may have. Our drivers are also fully functional and ready to go with deliveries. 

Thank you for your support and we aim to support you best we can during this uncertain time. Hopefully we will be back to normal service very soon.

Stay Safe and Thank You 

The Team @ Essex Supplies “One Stop Shop for supplies and for service”



NEW VIirabact Red Concentrate 60 Second Covid Kill Time

Virabact Concentrate Red
Provides quick, easy cleaning and sanitising for all food preparation surfaces, microwaves, chopping boards, cupboards, fridges, freezers and more.

Contains no perfumes so is non-tainting and therefore food safe.

Conforms to BS EN 1276 killing 99.999% of bacteria within 60 seconds.

Conforms to BS EN 14476 against enveloped viruses with a contact time of 60 seconds under clean conditions.

Also conforms to BS EN 1650 and BS EN 13697 (bacteria and yeast).

Pack Size: 2x5LOrder Ref: 064VBC/RED/5

Pack Size: 6 x 750ml Ref 064VBC/RED/750


Hand Sanitiser Do You Know What You’re Looking For?

How to spot a High-Quality Hand Sanitiser to fight COVID-19 ??

A year like no other
Sales of hand sanitiser soared by 255% [1] in February 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. With recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) to: “Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water” [2], the global hand sanitiser market has grown exponentially from $1.53 billion in 2019 to an expected $3.04 billion in 2020 [3

Producers responded quickly by increasing production –  we managed to increase production by a massive 40% [4]. Despite these efforts, there was a point earlier this year when buying hand sanitiser was as challenging as finding toilet roll.

Looking to the future
Happily, over the  weeks, we’ve seen scientific advances from across the globe that promise real hope with the introduction of new vaccines to protect against COVID-19 in the future.

But we still need hand sanitiser — delivery of the vaccine will take time and the vaccines may not protect against future unknown pathogens. Clearly hand sanitiser, along with social distancing and localised lockdowns, will be in our future for a while to come.

Quality-assured hand sanitisers increase trust to your business

Cleanliness and hygiene have always been an important part of hospitality and care service delivery, but this year’s pandemic has shone a light on this and linked it to safety. Enter hand sanitisers – an ideal step to protect staff, customers and care home residents. But one thing is abundantly clear – not all hand sanitisers are created equally and with so many new producers entering the market, coupled with the need for expedited delivery, errors creep in. We have seen recent recalls of hand sanitiser for containing methanol, rather than ethanol. Methanol can be toxic if absorbed through the skin and if it is ingested it can be life-threatening. So being careful in your choice of hand sanitiser is essential.

So, what do you need to look for in a high-quality hand sanitiser? There are two major considerations here: efficacy of the product and making the experience pleasant for the user.

Alcohol content

The WHO [6] and America’s CDC [7] recommend hand sanitisers with at least 60% alcohol content. Cleenol’s superior Medisan hand sanitiser contains 70% ethanol and kills all enveloped viruses within 60 seconds.

Quality testing

To be sure that the hand sanitiser you are buying is fit for purpose, you can check that it has been tested against European Standards (EN). The relevant standards are: EN1500 for Hygienic Handrubs, EN1276 for killing 99.999% of bacteria and EN14476 for killing 99.99% of enveloped viruses (coronaviruses are an example of enveloped viruses). Beyond the effectiveness of the hand sanitiser, the customer experience should be considered.


Some hand sanitisers can be very runny and if you’re dispensing in a public place, can easily run off the hands onto the floor creating a slip hazard, or run down your sleeve. Either way, the experience is less satisfying for consumers and so may be avoided, increasing the risk of cross-contamination.

After effects

Some hand sanitisers leave your hands feeling sticky, a sensation most people dislike. Again, if consumers don’t like how it feels, they’re less likely to continue to use the hand sanitiser, increasing your risk. Consider a hand sanitiser that includes a moisturising agent, such as Medisan 70% Alcohol Hand Sanitiser which contains glycerine.

If you’re serving food, this will be of particular concern, as smell directly contributes to taste. If you provide a hand sanitiser that has a strong chemical smell that lingers, it can be unpleasant and alter the dining experience. Ultimately, you want to find a highly effective hand sanitiser to protect your business, staff and patrons whilst improving the customer experience, to benefit from customer trust, ongoing loyalty and repeat business.

What about alcohol-free hand sanitisers?

News reports had put in doubt the efficacy of alcohol-free hand sanitisers, however , with decades of experience in the cleaning industry, recognises that both alcohol-based and alcohol-free hand sanitisers have their place, with advantages and disadvantages to both[8].

Alcohol-free hand sanitiser is rapidly growing to customers base in the Middle East, where the use of alcohol-based products is not permitted for those observing the Islam faith. Cleenol’s alcohol-free hand sanitiser is certified as Halal by the Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC).

Demand for alcohol-free hand sanitisers also grew in hospitals, care homes, prisons and schools with young children or students with special educational needs and disabilities. Alcohol-free hand sanitiser is more suitable for dry skin, and the risk of accidental ingestion of harmful quantities is low due to the relatively low toxicity of the active substances. Active ingredients could include Didecyldimethylammonium chloride (DDAC) or Benzalkonium chloride (BKC), which are both members of the quaternary ammonium compound (QAC) family of disinfectants. You would have to ingest a large amount of these before any ill effects were felt.

Additionally, alcohol-free sanitiser can provide long-lasting protection from bacteria and viruses. As it dries, it leaves a protective layer on your skin which acts as a shield, protecting you for up to four hours. For a detailed comparison of alcohol-free and 70% alcohol hand sanitiser, take a look at Cleenol’s whitepaper.

Our range of hand sanitisers includes:

Medisan 70% Alcohol Hand Sanitising Gel

A 70% alcohol-based hand sanitiser gel which complies with EN1500, EN1276 and EN14476, killing 99.999% of bacteria and 99.99% of enveloped viruses within 60 seconds. It is available in 5 litre, 500 ml and 50 ml bottles.

Senses Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitiser
This hand sanitiser is mainly formulated from vegetable-derived bactericides and foaming agents. It is odourless and soft on the skin so perfect for frequent use. Ideal to be used in clinics, hospitals and food production environments, it has been tested against EN14476 (killing 99.99% of enveloped viruses within two minutes), EN1276 (killing 99.999% bacteria within five minutes) and also EN1500. Available in 5 litre, 800ml, 500ml and 50ml bottles, and additionally as a foam hand sanitizer in 50ml bottles.

Ask our sales team at Essex Supplies  via email @ or call us on 01702 600000 for more information and to place any orders

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