Are you looking for information on Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl)? You might hear the term Hypochlorous Acid and wonder exactly what it is. Hypochlorous Acid is a very powerful disinfectant and sanitizer that is also safe and non-toxic. Hypochlorous Acid is found in our white blood cells and has been used extensively in the medical field to care for wounds. Hypochlorous acid has been proven to be effective for killing bacterial, viral, and fungal human pathogens. Even a tiny amount of Hypochlorous Acid is capable of killing spore-forming and non-spore bacteria quickly. At GenEon, Hypochlorous Acid is a major part of what we do. Hypochlorous Acid is the basis for our cleaners, sanitizers, and disinfectants. The use of Hypochlorous Acid is a way to give us a safer, more effective way of sanitizing and disinfecting.
GenEon cleaners, sanitizers, and disinfectants are made with a process known as electrochemical activation (ECA), which makes makes use of Hypochlorous Acid. It uses natural minerals, water, and electricity. One of the natural minerals that we use as a catalyst is salt. Salt is a compound comprised of sodium and chloride. Sodium ions are positively charged and chloride ions are negatively charged. Our onsite generators expose these ions to a low electrical charge. The positive side of the charge electrochemically converts the chloride ion (Cl) to hypochlorous acid (HOCl), the powerful sanitizer we mentioned above. The negative side of the charge electrochemically converts the sodium ion (Na) into sodium hydroxide (NaOH), which is a cleaning compound commonly found in soaps and detergents. Unlike many other OSG systems, our system is a Blended Stream System that uses both versions in the same solution. The hypochlorous acid solution is represented as Free Available Chlorine (FAC) that has 80-200 times the sanitizing power of chlorine bleach. Since it is produced at a near-neutral pH, it won't bleach out furniture or clothes or damage surfaces. This means sanitizing products made using Hypochlorous Acid are safe and effective.
Dwell time is crucial to disinfecting. It is the time required for a disinfectant to remain on a surface before it is effective. Most chemical disinfectants require that a surface be kept wet for 10 minutes. Sanitizers and disinfectants made using Hypochlorous Acid and ECA kill most bacteria in seconds, not minutes. They even work on nasty ones like E.coli, MRSA and norovirus. GenEon's ECA generated solutions doesn't leave a chemical residue and it doesn't emit harmful fumes or release dangerous VOCs. It also has no fragrance. This means you get a more powerful disinfectant using Hypochlorous Acid with no health risks.
A surprisingly large number of sanitizers and disinfectants on the market are harmful to people, pets, and the planet. This isn't the case with disinfectants made with ECA technology. Using Hypochlorous Acid is not only safe for people and animals, it poses no threat to the environment. According to the Environmental Protection Agency booklet Green Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting, a great deal of the chemical disinfectants and sanitizers we use are washed down our drains and make their way into our waterways every year. The guide states that even those products marketed as "green" can contaminate the air, water, and soil. That's because the guidelines for listing ingredients on these products are limited. There simply aren't enough regulations in place to monitor the proprietary ingredients (not required to be listed) and other ingredients contained in products that are listed as being "green" or "eco-friendly." On the other hand, both the CDC and EPA agree that Hypochlorous Acid is safe.
The benefits of Hypochlorous Acid in sanitizing and disinfecting are numerous and supported by university and lab studies. Both the CDC and the EPA recognize it as a safe and effective method for disinfecting purposes. At GenEon, our cleaners are safe and our sanitizers and disinfectants are non-toxic. They are made by User using on-site generation technology like our InstaFlow, which is capable of producing a high volume of cleaning, degreasing, and sanitizing solutions and our Trio Rx that makes a hospital grade broad-spectrum disinfecting solutions on demand. On-site generation saves orginazations on their yearly cleaning costs and eliminates the need for storing harmful chemical-based products in your facility.
To learn more about the power of Hypochlorous Acid and its effectiveness as a disinfectant, or to learn how you can get GenEon products into your business, fill out the form here on our website. One of our representatives will be happy to get in touch. Hypochlorous Acid is a powerful replacement for chemical-based products that are safe for people, safe for wildlife, and safe for the environment. By harnessing its power, we can make a difference in the future by cutting down on the health-related issues and environmental devastation caused by dangerous cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting products. Contact us to learn more about Hypochlorous Acid and its many benefits. Cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting products made using Hypochlorous Acid are the way to move forward in a world where sanitizing and disinfecting is more important than ever.