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Acaroin, the disinfectant

Time ago, a single cleaning product performed the function of several. Everything was cleaned with acaroin: houses, hospitals, trains. Well disinfected!


 At the beginning of the twentieth century, fear of infections was very great and there was justified reason for it.  At that time there were no  antibiotics  and  infection  control was not easy as life was at stake. Awareness of disinfecting all suspicious sites, favored the use of acaroin, in order to “destroy” any existing focus.

Acaroin was used in aqueous solution and transformed into a milky looking liquid with a very pungent odor, distinguishable at a distance. If to use a deodorant, is to impose one smell on another, acaroin was the great winner. It was used everywhere. I met her when the sewers came to my house to clean grids and sewers. Acaroin spraying was the seal of quality. It translated a work done and “disinfected”. Acaroin looked and smelled. There was no doubt. It was a phenolic compound, very sharp and durable odor.

Trains arriving at the station “Once”, came out swept and “disinfected” with acaroin jets. Likewise, the trams that started their journey, were impregnated by the emanations of the freshly used acaroin. It was like a sign announcing that the cleaning had been done, culminating in the “disinfection”.

They were times when tuberculosis was the dominant infectious  disease  , and no one forgot its employment. At school, the classrooms and of course the bathrooms, had been “disinfected” before our arrival. All the grids in the patios and bathrooms were sprinkled with acaroin as a corollary of any cleaning action. It was like the signing of a document: work done and disinfected, in that Argentina yesterday.

Publication Date: 26/12/2019

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