written by Team Paris Laundry
Clean Republic-What is hypochlorous Acid?
We don't know about you, but we have been doing a lot of cleaning lately. And we happen to like our household cleaners much like we like the rest of the products on Paris Laundry, nontoxic. Lots of brands claim to be "natural", "organic", and "nontoxic" but one look at the back of those cleaners in the grocery store aisles will make you think again. We tested a few different brands and Clean Republic was a winner for so many reasons. A truly nontoxic solution to an all-purpose cleaner, safe for all surfaces, safe for kids and pets, and not too mention safe for the environment. With the only ingredients consisting of salt, water, and electricity. Did that last one leave you scratching your head? We get it, how can your household cleaner in a bottle be powered by electricity? It's called hypochlorous acid and it's pretty amazing, let's get to the science of it all.
Hypochlorous acid (HOCl), a substance found naturally in the human body, and replicated by scientists by running an electrical charge through a combination of salt and water. This electro-chemical reaction reproduces hypochlorous acid within a solution now known as anolyte water. This has paved the way for a new generation of health, healing and cleanliness. It is nature at its purest, combined with proven science.
You might be wondering if HOCI is an effective cleaner, let's compare it to chlorine bleach!
Hypochlorite (chlorine bleach) ions carry a negative electrical charge, while hypochlorous acid carries no electrical charge. The hypochlorous acid moves quickly, able to oxidize the bacteria in a matter of seconds, while the hypochlorite ion might take up to a half hour to do the same. Germ surfaces carry a negative electrical charge which results in a repulsion of the negatively charged hypochlorite ion to the area of the germ surfaces, making hypochlorite ion less effective at killing germs. The ratio of the two compounds is determined by the relative acidity (pH) of the water. Water treatment specialists can adjust the pH level to make hypochlorous acid more dominate, as it is more efficient at killing bacteria. The hypochlorous acid's lack of electrical charge allows it to more efficiently penetrate the protective barriers surrounding germs.
Hypochlorous acid, unlike chlorine bleach, is 100% safe and non-irritant. If it gets on your skin or in your eyes, it will not burn. Even if it were accidentally ingested, it is completely harmless. Yet, it is 70-80 times more efficient at killing microbial pathogens than chlorine bleach.
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