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Electrolyzed Salt Water: The Science Explained.
So what exactly is electrolyzed salt water?
As much as it sounds like it, electrolyzed salt water is not what happens when the ocean gets struck by lightning. It’s an industrial technology that uses electricity to change the chemical structure of salt and water into a green cleaner, disinfectant, deodorizer & sanitizer as effective as bleach, but with no toxic chemicals.
The principle underlying this technology is the same as in cooking: combining ingredients under specific conditions (temperature, time, even altitude) creates a new substance that is very different from its component parts. We’ll take a brief moment to thank baking soda for making our cookies edible! Anyway, this principle is why ingredients as basic as salt and water can be converted into a cleaner & disinfectant powerful enough to kill microbes like MRSA, Staph, Salmonella, Norovirus & Influenza A.
How do you create electrolyzed salt water?
When an electrical charge is passed through a salt (NaCl) solution, the sodium separates from the chloride. Chloride is negatively charged and is attracted to the positive side of the electrical charge where it bonds with oxygen and hydrogen from the water. It gets converted from Cl- to HOCl, otherwise known as hypochlorous acid. This is the molecule that gives bleach its anti-microbial power & it’s also the same substance your immune system produces to fight infection. As a neutrophil, hypochlorous acid is produced by your white blood cells, and if you happen to be near a sneezing child or co-worker right now, rest assured your body is producing it as you read this!
The sodium is positive and is thus attracted to the negative charge, where it also bonds with oxygen and hydrogen and is electrochemically converted to sodium hydroxide or NaOH. Sodium hydroxide is a common detergent used at different concentrations in products ranging from toothpaste to moisturizer to cleaning products.
Some electrolyzed salt water applications include a pH adjuster (like vinegar) as well. It’s the pH that determines whether the solution is predominantly bleach (sodium hypochlorite) or instead hypochlorous acid. The pH also determines whether the solution is at the right concentration of hypochlorous acid to meet EPA requirements to be registered as a disinfectant that kills 99.9% of germs.
Examples of electrolyzed salt water in the industrial space
Research on Electrolyzed Salt Water:
Because hypochlorous acid is so gentle, it’s used in products like these:
- Wound healing (approved by the FDA)
- Eye care (approved by the FDA)
- Veterinary care
- Food preservation (approved by the FDA)
- Organic crop production (approved by USDA)
Why you won’t find electrolyzed salt water on a store shelf
The reason is that just like bubbles in a carbonated drink, hypochlorous acid starts to dissipate over time. That means a bottle of electrolyzed salt water sitting on a store shelf or in a warehouse would lose its efficacy within just a few weeks. That’s why it’s a cleaner you have to make fresh at home.
At Force of Nature we’ve miniaturized the electrolyzed salt water technology to fit on your countertop. Our small appliance with its patented electrolyzer transforms tap water mixed with a capsule of salt, water and vinegar – pre-measured to ensure 100% accuracy in concentration and pH levels for gentleness and efficacy – into a powerful multipurpose cleaner, disinfectant and deodorizer that’s as effective as bleach yet free of toxic chemicals. Because we believe you shouldn’t have to trade powerful cleaning for affordable family-friendly ingredients. Check out this little video to learn more:
Learn how Force of Nature compares to conventional cleaners like bleach, Windex, Scrubbing Bubbles, Febreze, Resolve & Formula 409 here.