Pathe Concentrated Surface Disinfectant/Holding Solution, 950 ml, 12 Bottle/Case Certol PATHX32-1

Item Number: PATHX32-1
Packaging: 1 Bottle
Manufacturer: Certol International
Item Discontinued.

Features & Benefits:

  • Pathex is a concentrated surface disinfectant and cleaner in one product, approved for use in medical and dental settings.
  • 60 Day Concentrated Surface Disinfectant/Cleaner and Holding Solution.
  • Pathex is a concentrated broad spectrum disinfectant/cleaner.


  • One bottle makes 30 liters of diluted solution.
  • Available in Canada only.
  • Pathex™ Concentrated Surface Disinfectant/Holding Solution is available in 950 ml 12 Bottle/Case.

Safe and Pleasant to Use:

  • Water based formula recommended for all types of hard surfaces, including vinyls and plastics. Unlike alcohols, bleach or peroxides, Pathex will not degrade surfaces.
  • Will not stain or bleach hard surfaces.
  • Light lemon scent appreciated by staff and patients.


  • Detergents make Pathex an effective surface cleaner.
  • Intermediate level disinfectant suitable for use when disinfecting surfaces contaminated with blood, saliva and related soils.
  • Instrument holding solution and ultrasonic cleaner solution.


  • Active Agents: 9% o-phenylphenol, 1% o-benzyl-p-chlorophenol
  • Dilution: 1:32
  • Solution Color: Natural color.
  • Odor: Lemon scent when diluted.
  • Use Life: 60 days for diluted unused solution.
  • Shelf Life: 2 years from date of manufacture.

Water Based Formula with Non-Alcohol Actives:

  • Water based formula preferred for a wide variety of surfaces including vinyl, metals, plastics, tubing and faux leather upholstery.
  • Will not stain or bleach hard surfaces.
  • Stays wet on surfaces longer for full contact time.
  • Use around electronics is consistent with manufacturers' recommendations for non-alcohol, non-bleach formula.

Hard on Germs - Not on Bare Hands:

  • So safe it is now EPA approved for use after dilution without gloves (in absence of bio-hazards).

Convenient and Pleasant to Use:

  • Light lemon scent at use dilution.
  • One ounce per quart dilution is easy to measure.
  • Reduce inventory: One product to clean and disinfect.
  • Formulated for effective action in hard water.

Residual Activity:

  • Sustained antimicrobial action after application which is not found with alcohol or bleach compounds.

Approved for 60 Day Use:

  • The only concentrated phenolic surface disinfectant approved for 60 day use life after dilution.
  • Economical Choice:

  • 32 ounces makes 8 gallons of diluted solution.
  • Concentrate reduces shipping costs and storage space.
  • Broad Spectrum Disinfecting Power:

  • Inactivates benchmark M. tuberculosis var. bovis and many other organisms.
  • Meets CDC guidelines for surface disinfection in the presence of blood and other soils.

Also Effective Against:

  • Viruses including: HIV-1, Hepatitis B and C and Herpes simplex virus type 1 and 2 (see Note 1).
  • Vegetative bacteria including: Staphylococcus aureus, MRSAHA and CA, Salmonella typhosa and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
  • Fungi including: Trichophyton mentagrophytes.

Product Capabilities:

  • Kills a broad range of microorganisms including HIV-1, Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus aureus - MRSA HA, Salmonella enterica, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Herpes simplex virus types 1 & 2 and Trichophyton mentagrophytes (Fungus) in one minute.
  • Kills tuberculosis var. bovis (TB) in five minutes.

Cleans and Disinfects:

  • Because effective disinfection relies on effective removal of soil, ProSpray C-60 is ideal for both steps - no need for two separate products. Special detergents in ProSpray C-60 clean even dried on blood and other soils.

Safe for Surfaces:

  • Water based disinfectant formulas are preferred by upholstery manufacturers. And, unlike alcohol-based formulas, Pathex will not soften or haze vinyls and plastic. Pathex will not corrode metals or stainless-steel counters as may occur with bleach and hydrogen peroxide-based products. It will not stain or bleach surfaces even with repeated use.

How to Use:

  • For surface disinfection - use the 2 step method:
    • Clean by wiping surfaces thoroughly with diluted Pathex and paper towels or 4 x 4 gauze to remove all soils.
    • Disinfect by reapplying diluted Pathex disinfectant, keeping surfaces wet for 10 minutes. Wipe off excess solution after contact time is completed.
  • For instrument holding and cleaning solution:
    • Fill pan or ultrasonic tank with diluted Pathex solution. Immerse items so that all surfaces are covered with solution. Soak for a minimum of 10 minutes. Do not soak items more than two hours or overnight due to corrosive nature of tap water.
  • For disinfecting dental impressions and appliances:
    • Rinse and remove gross debris from item. Place impression or appliance inside baggie, thoroughly wet all surfaces with Pathex solution, allow 10 minute contact time, remove item and rinse gently.

Use Precautions:

  • A slight soap film may occur upon repeated application of Pathex due to detergents in the formula. Simply wipe surfaces off at least weekly with plain water and paper towels.
  • Rinse garments or surfaces where Pathex is used prior to application of any bleach product.
  • Store concentrate and diluted prepared solution away from direct heat and direct sunlight. Mixing with hard water may cause cloudiness which does not affect disinfectant properties. Avoid freezing during shipping or storage.


  • Surface cleaner: Contains detergents and surfactants for essential pre-cleaning.
  • Intermediate-level disinfectant.
  • Ultrasonic instrument cleaning and holding solution.
  • Disinfect dental impressions and appliances.
  • Detergents in the water-based formula provide effective cleaning. It may be used on surfaces, as a cleaning solution for instruments and as a disinfectant for dental impressions and appliances.
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  • What is Pathex?

    Pathex is a concentrated intermediate-level tuberculocidal surface disinfectant and cleaner approved for use in medical and dental settings. It is formulated to be diluted at 1:32 prior to use. The light lemon scent makes frequent disinfection tasks more pleasant for healthcare workers.

  • How should Pathex be used?

    Following CDC recommendations, clean first then disinfect. Pathex has powerful detergents and is effective for both steps.

    Dilute Pathex according to package directions.

    Apply disinfectant with paper towels or another textile. Clean surfaces thoroughly. Discard used paper towels.

    Reapply disinfectant with fresh paper towels or another textile. Allow surface to remain wet for remaining contact time stated on the label.

  • Does Pathex have a DIN registration?

    Yes, it is regulated as a General Purpose, hard surface cleaner/ disinfectant with registration # 01933663.

  • Can Pathex inactivate MRSA and H1N1 (Swine Flu) viruses?

    Yes, Pathex is lab tested and approved by the EPA to kill MRSA related staphylococcus aureus and Influenza A organism, in which H1N1 is classified.

  • What is the benefit of "nonalcohol actives" in the Pathex formula?

    Disinfectants with alcohol tend to evaporate more quickly, sometimes before the full contact time required.

    Alcohol denatures blood and other protein soil, making it adhere to surfaces.

    Long term use of disinfectants with alcohol may cause tubing, vinyls and plastic housing to crack and discolor.

    The Centers for Disease Control advise that alcohol-based disinfectants are not effective for environmental control of Clostridium difficile.

    The Pathex water-based formula is kinder to expensive equipment, stays wet longer for best contact time and provides the cleaning properties needed for ideal disinfection.

  • Why is cleaning the most important step of the environmental disinfectant process?

    Organic body soils such as blood and inorganic dust soils act as a barrier between chemical disinfectants and germs on surfaces. Organic soils "absorb" chemical action and reduce antimicrobial efficacy especially in the case of bleach and alcohols.

    Some soils such as fecal matter and blood may sustain dangerous organisms over several days on otherwise dry surfaces.

    Patients perceive effective disinfection through sight and smell. The cleaning power and pleasant light lemon scent of Pathex provides reassurance to patients.

  • The Pathex label lists a claim to kill tuberculosis bacteria. What about Hepatitis B and C?

    The tuberculosis kill claim is used as a benchmark by the CDC (federal Centers for Disease Control) to designate Pathex as an intermediate-level disinfectant suitable for use where blood and other human soils are likely. The CDC also states that any germicide with a tuberculocidal claim on the label is considered capable of inactivating a broad spectrum of less resistant blood borne pathogens such as HIV, and Hepatitis B and C.

  • Does Pathex have residual antimicrobial properties on surfaces?

    Yes, phenolics have demonstrated persistence of antimicrobial action on surfaces after the initial application. This action retards the regrowth of microbes on surfaces. Disinfectants with alcohol, bleach or quaternary ammonium actives do not demonstrate this property.

  • Is it OK to use Pathex if it has turned brown?

    Pathex concentrated solution ranges from golden brown to medium brown. The diluted use solution should be nearly colorless to light tan. Diluted solution that has turned medium to dark brown may be ineffective and should be discarded. Possible reasons for dark color include: outdated product (check expiration date); diluted solution that exceeds the 60-day use life; exposure to direct sunlight; or exposure to excessive heat during shipping or storage.

  • Can I use Pathex as a "cold sterile" disinfectant soak for plastic items that cannot tolerate heat sterilization?

    Items that are used inside the mouth or other mucosal surfaces are considered "semi-critical". Examples include bite blocks, plastic film positioning devices, and laryngeal airway devices. If items are reused for another patient, they must be heat sterilized or immersed in high level liquid disinfectant (gluteraldehyde, peracetic acid, etc.). Pathex is classified as an intermediate level disinfectant and is not intended for this type of application. It is appropriate for use as a holding solution to keep soils wet on contaminated instruments; or may be used as ultrasonic solution to clean instruments. Use a lid on the soak pan or ultrasonic tank to reduce aerosols and vapors.

  • How long can I use Pathex?

    The concentrated product has a 2-year shelf-life with expiration date marked on the container. Diluted Pathex has a use-life of 60 days. If diluted Pathex is used as an ultrasonic solution for instrument cleaning, or holding solution to keep soiled items wet, discard solution at least daily or when solution appears soiled. Store away from excessive heat and cold. Do not allow to freeze.

  • How can I cut down on aerosols created during disinfection?

    Use the "stream" mode on the spray nozzle to saturate paper towels or gauze. Then apply disinfectant to surfaces.

    Use optional "squirt caps" as alternative to spray heads.

  • What is the chemical basis of the Pathex formula?

    This product is a water based dual synthetic phenolic compound - two man made phenolics: o-phenylphenol and o-benzylp-chlorophenol. Pathex provides a higher concentration of active agents at use dilution than competitive phenolics. Synthetic phenolics combine reliable disinfectant qualities with demonstrated low toxicity.

  • Will Pathex stain surfaces?

    No, it is non-staining and nonbleaching but after repeated use may leave a white residue film from the surfactants in the formula. It is easily removed by simply wiping surfaces with plain water and paper towels on a regular basis (at least weekly). Pathex actives may interact with bleach, creating a brownish stain on surfaces or textiles. This stain may be permanent. Avoid use of Pathex in conjunction with bleach. Rinse uniforms and towels in plain water prior to laundry cycles with bleach products.

  • Is it OK to saturate a stack of gauze pads with Pathex solution for use throughout the day?

    This is not recommended. Gauze fibers may interact with disinfectant agents and reduce efficacy. Reaching into a container introduces potential contamination.

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