Jul 12 2021 | Guides

Do I Need to Rinse Wysiwash?

We get this question all the time, but the answer isn’t one size fits all. Wysiwash is a food- grade sanitizer that does not require rinsing. However, there are many situations where rinsing is recommended or can prevent other issues.

What Do “No Rinse” and “Food Grade” Mean for a Sanitizer?

Our EPA label states that Wysiwash is a food-grade, no-rinse sanitizer. This means that if Wysiwash is used on a surface, you do not need to rinse the surface before food or drink touches it. You could sanitize a glass with Wysiwash, pour out the Wysiwash solution, allow it to dry/dry it, and then drink from the glass without rinsing it with water. 

Wait 10 Minutes Before Rinsing

Always allow Wysiwash to have 10 minutes of contact time before rinsing. This contact time ensures that the Wysiwash Sanitizing Solution has adequate time to kill germs, mold, and any other pathogens in the area.

When We Recommend Rinsing Wysiwash

To help you determine whether you need to rinse, we made this flow chart. For the reasons behind each situation, keep reading!

Do I need to rinse Wysiwash Sanitizing Solution?

When There’s No Time to Let Puddles Dry

We recommend waiting until any pools or puddles of Wysiwash have dried before letting animals back in the area. Sometimes, especially in humid Florida where we live, that can take too long.

If you don’t have time for the puddles to dry, let Wysiwash have 10 minutes of contact time, then rinse.

BONUS TIP: Get a squeegee broom to help remove excess solution so that concrete, decks, and other smooth surfaces dry faster. 

Rinse Before Allowing Puppies, Kittens, and Other Baby Animals into the Whelping Area

Babies of all species have more sensitive skin than adult animals. As such, you want to protect their delicate skin and avoid any potential irritants. This includes using special baby shampoo, creams, and rinsing any cleaning products (including Wysiwash) before allowing them to have contact with it.

Puppies want to explore the world with their mouths. While Wysiwash is a food-grade sanitizer, it probably doesn’t taste great. For example, have you ever accidentally taken a gulp of pool water while swimming and then have a nasty taste in your mouth? It’s not pleasant, and it probably caused you to lose your appetite… and the last thing you want is for any of your babies to lose their appetite. They need to be gaining weight and staying hydrated.

This brings us to another reason to rinse Wysiwash if you have puppies and baby animals: they may drink a puddle of Wysiwash and it creates a negative association with water. That’s not what you want for your litter!

Some People Rinse to Protect Metal Surfaces from Corrosion

Wysiwash will not cause corrosion on coated metals (assuming the coating is intact). However, some people do like to rinse Wysiwash off of metals as a preventative measure and to rinse off any calcium spots.

With uncoated metals, the problem is simply getting them wet will likely cause corrosion—whether you use Wysiwash or plain hose water.

Rinsing Can Prevent Calcium Build Up on Textured Surfaces

For those who use Wysiwash daily, like doggy daycares, boarding kennels and animal shelters, calcium build up can occur. This looks like white residue and it usually builds up on textured surfaces.

Wysiwash Jacketed Caplets are made of calcium hypochlorite and it creates hypochlorous acid when mixed with water. The chlorine molecules are very reactive and “want” to bond with other elements in their environment, including the proteins that make up viruses, bacteria, and mold. To put it in layman’s terms, Wysiwash sanitizes by a chemical reaction that rips germs apart on a molecular level!

There can sometimes be excess calcium left over after this chemical reaction, and if there isn’t rain or you don’t rinse, it can build up over time.

If you have calcium build up already, we suggest white vinegar to clean. Remove all animals from the area, then pour white vinegar on the area. Let it soak for as long as possible, then scrub with a brush, and rinse thoroughly. Care should be taken on smooth concrete, as vinegar can make the surface rougher over time.

BONUS TIP: You can also soak your Wysiwash Sanitizer and its parts in vinegar to prevent or remove calcium build up. Be sure to read the instructions here and take out your caplet before soaking it.

Rinsing Can Keep Glossy Surfaces Shining 

Calcium residue is less likely to build up on smooth, glossy surfaces, but there can be spots. Rinsing removes the small deposits of calcium that make up the spots.

Rinse If You Spill Concentrated Draining Solution 

You should drain your Wysiwash Sanitizer (-V or Pro) anytime you go more than 5 minutes without using it.

However, the drained solution is concentrated and can stain or cause other negative reactions, including staining. 

If you accidentally spill the concentrated draining solution, rinse it off to dilute it right away.

Conclusion and Reminders on Rinsing Wysiwash: 

  • Allow 10 minutes of contact time before rinsing.
  • Wysiwash doesn’t require rinsing, but there are situations where it is recommended or can prevent issues.
  • If you don’t rinse, allow it to dry until there are no puddles or pools of Wysiwash Sanitizing Solution before allowing animals back in the area.

We hope this post helps you determine whether you need to rinse Wysiwash. For more Wysiwash tips, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and subscribe to our YouTube channel!