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Mum-of-four reveals how she made Australia’s first TGA approved Covid-killing disinfectant

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A mother of four has revealed how she and her husband came up with the first TGA-approved ‘Covid-killing’ disinfectant in Australia in just two months.

Sophie Westlake, 45, was terrified for her family, and in particular her immune-compromised husband Steve, 53, when Covid-19 swept the world in 2020.

Steve has Myasthenia Gravis, a condition similar to MS, and as a young man several lymph nodes in his chest were removed, leaving him with a compromised immune system for life.

Sophie Westlake, 45, created Virosol in just two months – and took it to the TGA . for approval

Steve has Myasthenia Gravis, a condition similar to MS, and as a young man several lymph nodes in his chest had to be removed, leaving him with a compromised immune system for life.

Steve has Myasthenia Gravis, a condition similar to MS, and as a young man several lymph nodes in his chest had to be removed, leaving him with a compromised immune system for life.

Sophie wanted to keep the people she loved safe, but couldn’t find a disinfectant that was proven to kill the virus on surfaces.

And when she called major cleaning product manufacturers, she was disheartened by their lack of enthusiasm for disinfecting a Covid killer.

So, with the help of her husband with a medical background and their four children, Sophie . created Virosol – and took it to the TGA for approval.

“This all happened at the beginning of the first lockdown, when we had no idea what we were dealing with, there was just no information about Covid, so everyone was scared,” she told FEMAIL.

‘We didn’t have much to do other than bake and tinker, in lockdown, so we spent a lot of time researching.

“As a family we are very proud to have been the first cab in the ranking for TGA approval.”

When the first products hit the shelves, Sophie got calls from the big companies asking how she got her sanitizer across the line so quickly.

“The big companies all wanted to know how to get TGA approval in two months, when sometimes it can take years,” she said.

A mother of four has revealed how she and her husband came up with Australia's first TGA-approved 'Covid-killing' disinfectant in just two months

A mother of four has revealed how she and her husband came up with Australia’s first TGA-approved ‘Covid-killing’ disinfectant in just two months

Steve has Myasthenia Gravis, a condition similar to MS, and as a young man several lymph nodes in his chest had to be removed, leaving him with a compromised immune system for life.

Steve has Myasthenia Gravis, a condition similar to MS, and as a young man had to have several lymph nodes removed in his chest, leaving him with a compromised immune system for life.

“I don’t really know how to answer that, but I think it’s because I was just really annoying and called them every other day to get it right,” she said.

Sophie, who lives on a seven-acre estate in the Southern Highlands of NSW, knows that her family is not at high risk of contracting the disease.

But knowing her home is protected by the disinfectant, she feels “a little less helpless” as the pandemic continues.

“Right now we are in lockdown so we only leave the house for essential groceries and vaccinations so there is little risk of us bringing anything in,” she said.

“But now that we know more about the disease, we know there’s nothing we can do to keep it safe.” We can get vaccinated, social distancing, use masks and use a disinfectant that kills the virus on surfaces.”

The mother sprays her high-touch areas with the disinfectant every day.

She also keeps some in her car so she can wipe her steering wheel after being out and about.

Sophie Westlake was terrified for her family, especially her immunocompromised husband Steve, 53, as Covid-19 swept across the world in 2020.

Sophie Westlake was terrified for her family, especially her immunocompromised husband Steve, 53, as Covid-19 swept across the world in 2020.

Sophie revealed that most of her customers are “mothers and fathers” who want to keep their homes safe, but she also sells to cleaners and pharmacies.

The disinfectant acts on the spike protein, meaning it will be effective even if the virus mutates and new strains arrive.

While developing the product, Sophie asked her husband what it would take as a typical man to use it regularly.

“He told me he would have a better chance of making something that you can just spray on and walk off,” she said.

“So we made that. Virosol is popular because it’s easy and doesn’t need to be wiped off.”

The Westlakes have had their own business for years, including a pest control company, which has helped them with their brand development.

“The hardest part was coming up with a name, the kids helped with that, we needed something catchy, but it also had to be something that wasn’t already trademarked, which turned out to be difficult.

“We came up with Virosol 30 minutes before our TGA application was due to expire, after the original name was rejected at the last minute,” said Sophie.

“Right now we are in lockdown so we only leave the house for essential groceries and vaccinations so there is little risk of us bringing anything in,” she said.

Virosol sold over 8,000 bottles when it first launched online. Virosol is available online and at some retailers in the Southern Highlands and costs $9.99 for a 750ml bottle because the family wanted it to be affordable.

“We want everyone to be able to use it, some products that are similar came on the market for almost $100 a bottle,” she said.

The family is also proud of the fact that the product is Australian made – with everything within a 31 mile radius of their home.

Other companies have been criticized for making false claims about the effectiveness of their products against Covid-19.

All goods must go through the TGA before they can advertise for effectiveness.

And when she called major cleaning product manufacturers, she was disheartened by their lack of enthusiasm for disinfecting a Covid killer.

And when she called major cleaning product manufacturers, she was disheartened by their lack of enthusiasm for disinfecting a Covid killer.

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