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Disinfectant Sprays

14th September, 2020 Science and Technology

Context: IPFT develops new “Disinfectant Sprays” to prevent microbial infections and to decontaminate vegetables and fruits.

About: At a time when COVID pandemic has created havoc globally, Institute of Pesticide Formulation Technology- IPFT an autonomous Institution under the Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers has successfully developed two new technologies namely “Disinfectant spray for surface application” and “Disinfectant spray for Vegetables & fruits.”


  • The variety of surfaces like door handles, chair armrest, computer keyboard & mouse taps etc. may transmit microbes to the individuals through direct or indirect contact.
  • Keeping this in view IPFT has developed; alcohol based “Disinfectant Spray” for the surface applications containing botanical anti-microbial, which may be effective in prevention from various diseases caused by microbes, bacteria and virus.
  • The formulation is volatile and evaporates quickly after disinfecting the surface and does not leave any stains, odor and residue etc.
  • IPFT has also developed Disinfectant Spray to remove pesticide residues left over on the surface of fruits and vegetables. Fruits & vegetables are basic food commodities and necessary component of daily nutrition.
  • Sometime non judicious uses of pesticide contaminate raw vegetables and fruits as pesticide residues persist on their surface and can causes health risk upon consumption.
  • To make fruits and vegetables 100 percent safe for human consumption. IPFT has developed a water-based formulation.
  • The decontamination procedure using the formulation is simple; vegetables or fruits are soaked in the diluted solution of this formulation for15-20 minutes thereafter rinsed with fresh water. This simple procedure makes fruits and vegetables totally pesticide free.


  • Gurugram, Haryana, based IPFT was Established in May 1991 under the Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers as an Autonomous Institution.
  • Institute has been working towards the development of safer, efficient and environment friendly pesticide formulations.
  • IPFT has four administrative divisions namely, Formulation Technology Division, Bioscience Division, Analytical Science Division and a Process Development Division.