organic hypochlorous acid
What is Hypochlorous Acid(HOCl)?
Hypochlorous Acid occurs naturally in the human immune system. It’s what the cells in our bodies use to fight infections. It is Organic, Non Toxic, Human and Pet safe, and 100 times more effective than standard chlorine based Disinfectants.
Hypochlorous Acid products are produced from three everyday components: water, food grade salt, and electricity.
When you use Hypochlorous Acid for disinfection, it oxidizes and is consumed. The only by-product is slightly salty water.
Hypochlorous Acid is many times more effective at killing harmful pathogens than Hypochlorite, the main constituent of Bleach. The antimicrobial activity of HOCl was first demonstrated over 120 years ago, it has found application in the treatment of recreational and industrial water systems, sanitary applications and surface disinfection in the food industry and the disposal of hospital waste. HOCl was also used as a wound disinfectant as early as 1831 and a bactericidal hand wash in 1847.
Several parameters can be measured in order to establish the shelf life of HOCL. These include pH, ORP, EC, salinity and FAC (Free available chlorine).
The FAC of most generated HOCL’s prove to be unstable and easily evaporates from the water causing an immediate, strong chlorine smell and complicating storage, transport and usage. Our HOCL is stable and ready to use for months.
- Log 6 reduction(99.9999%)
- Effective against Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureaus (MRSA), Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE), Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 (HIV-1), Swine Influenza Virus (H1V1), Salmonella enterica and more
- Micro-organism cannot develop resistance against HOCL, unlike traditional chemical agents.
Mechanism of Action
The mechanism of action in which HOCL eradicates these various micro-organisms is well documented by third party resources. The mode of action is as follows:
- The free ions in HOCL rapidly react and denature proteins. HOCL should not be used on protein based products, since it will react and destroy the proteins. Once HOCL comes in contact with a microorganism, it attacks the bacterial proteins located in the cell membranes.
- The superiority of HOCL is in that it will eradicate similar antibiotic resistant strains including MRSA and VRE. Secondly, because of the osmolality difference (the conc. Of ion in the solution versus in the cytoplasm), HOCL will induce a rupture on the cell membrane leading to cell lysis.
- No evidence of toxicity in any form has been observed in any independent laboratory testing.
- Based on all this information, it can reasonably be concluded that HOCL is non-toxic and safe to use in the industries and applications identified.
ECA generated HOCL is pH neutral, super-oxidized water generated by electrolysis of a dilute salt solution passing through an electrolytic cell. This process creates large volumes of a gentle but extremely potent antimicrobial solution capable of rapid reduction of bacteria, viruses, spores, cysts, scale and biofilm. HOCL is stable, cost-effective to produce, greener than traditional chemical technologies and can be used in multiple applications across a wide variety of industries.
HOCL is an oxidizing agent due to a mixture of free radicals, giving it an antimicrobial effect. Studies have shown that HOCL is highly biocidal and can substantially reduce pathogens such as Salmonella and E. coli without the use of costly toxic chemicals. In addition, it offers the added benefits of being able to remove biofilm and scale from manufacturing equipment, thus, greatly minimizing a major contributor to contamination problems.
Because HOCL effectively destroys microorganisms, they cannot build up resistance to HOCL as they can to other sanitizers and disinfectants. Standard toxic chemicals can create strains of pathogens that become resistant over time because the cell can expel or neutralize the chemical before it can kill it, thereby causing the overall efficacy of chemical cleaners and disinfectants to be significantly reduced.
Effect of pH on the ratio of free available chlorine.
HOCL has a higher biocidal activity than NaOCL and the disinfecting effect is 80 to 300 times higher than the activity of NaOCL with the same free available chlorine concentration. This greater effect is due to the continual production of free available chlorine through electrolysis without hyperchloration. The free available chlorine is maintained in OCL- ion and is gradually converted into the active form HOCL by the electrical energy.
The rate of dissociation of HOCl is so rapid that equilibrium between HOCl and the OCl- ion is maintained even though the HOCl is being continuously used. For example, if water containing one ppm of titratable free available chlorine residual was introduced into it a reducing agent that consumes 50 percent of the hypochlorous acid, the remaining residual will redistribute itself between HOCl and OCl- ion.
A common myth is that when HOCl is used to disinfect water only OCl– remains. In reality, when HOCl is used, OCl– immediately converts back to HOCl to maintain the percentage division mandated by the pH.
Potential Acute Health Effects:
Skin Contact: No potential health effects; Product is non-hazardous.
Eye Contact: No potential health effects; Product is non-hazardous.
InhaIation: No potential health effects; Product is non-hazardous.
Ingestion: No potential heaIth effects; Product is non-hazardous.
Potential Chronic HeaIth Effects:
Carcinogenic Effects: Not AppIicabIe.
Mutagenic Effects: Not ApplicabIe.
Teratogenic Effects: Not Applicable.
DeveIopmentaI: Not Applicable.