Hypochlorous acid HOCI - why should we use it?
The buzz surrounding hypochlorous acid (HOCl) grew by leaps and bounds over the past year, given its verified power as a disinfectant against COVID-19. It is a fascinating solution!
It is the perfect disinfectant, not only for its incredible kill rate across a broad spectrum of pathogens; norovirus (log-5) and poliovirus (log-6), which are both harder-to-kill viruses than Coronavirus, unlike other products in the chlorine family, such as sodium hypochlorite (bleach), it carries zero warnings and is classed as non-hazardous. It can sanitise surfaces and hands, clean wounds and wash fruit and vegetables.
Since the solution is made of 99.9% water with a low PH, although it is lethal to bacteria, germs and bugs, it is safe to use on anything and everything, including your skin! It will not harm humans, animals or the environment. HOCl has no C.O.S.H.H (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health)
requirements for It is naturally produced by our white blood cells as an essential part of our immune system fighting off infection and bacteria. This means this is bio-compatible for humans!
It has been around for a long time and was first identified bin 1811 by the celebrated chemist Sir Humphry. His student, Michael Faraday, then took over the work and managed to isolate and produce hypochlorous acid (HOCl) by electrolysis, passing current through a salt and water solution in 1823.
It then wasn’t until the First World War in 1914 that it took a practical turn to help medics treating wounds of soldiers and is now being used in hospitals throughout the world to disinfect the most important spaces (Neonatal)
industry to spray down the fresh food and veggies in restaurants and in supermarkets. It is well known to dissolve pesticides so can be used at home to do the same.
Along with everything else it is gaining status as an über-sensitive skin care to assist with clogged up pores, fighting acne bacteria, so you can even give your face a spritz!
Kind to the skin so it does not sting, irritate or crack the hands when applied and as we know it is capable of killing a broad spectrum of bacteria, viruses and spores. Much better for us than alcohol based hand sanitisers that when used on a regular basis can lead to hand dermatitis, especially during COVID 19 outbreaks.
As well as all the above HOCI has minimal environmental impact and reduces the use of harmful/toxic chemicals being flushed down our sinks and reduces the single use plastic bottles that chemical based cleaners are supplied in.
So what is downside? Well this is not one, however due it’s high reactivity it does turn back in just ordinary salt and water within 1 – 2 weeks, so has a relatively short lifespan. However no more popping to the shops you can simply make a fresh fully powered solution in just 5 minutes at home.
As sanitisers and disinfection have now become an inherent part of our daily lives, we only see Hypochlorous Acid being adopted more widely throughout the world as the benchmark for rapid, effective, non-harmful and sustainable sanitisation and the great news is that E-Storm is bringing it to our homes.