Electrolyzed Water 101
The technology to make electrolyzed water has actually been around for years, but it has required expensive industrial-size equipment accessible to only large institutions and companies. The applications of electrolyzed water are broad given its efficacy, safety & low cost per ounce. Research on hypochlorous acid, its hero ingredient, has been extensive given its many applications, including in eye, wound & veterinary care products. Examples of institutions using electrolyzed water are hospitals in Japan and in the United States. Even though the chemistry is pretty simple, some of the equipment costs $10,000 or more. That is, until Force of Nature miniaturized this technology. Here is what industrial-size electrolyzed water equipment looks like – not exactly something you’d want on your kitchen countertop, right?
How Electrolyzed Water Is Made
Making it is pretty simple chemistry. You start with the right proportions of salt, water and vinegar. A salt molecule is made up of the elements sodium and chloride, and a water molecule is made up of hydrogen and oxygen. When an electrical current is applied to the solution, the molecules are broken apart and combined into 2 new molecules:
- Sodium hydroxide – a detergent but without the bubbles. Contains a safe, non-toxic concentration of only .0000003%, yet cleans as well as major brands which contain up to 5%.
- Hypochlorous acid – This is the hero ingredient in Force of Nature. It’s a natural cleaner & deodorizer that’s as effective as bleach. This is actually the same substance your white blood cells produce to keep you healthy. Really! It’s safety & efficacy are what make it commonly used in wound, eye & veterinary care products.
The vinegar lowers the pH (the acidity) of the solution so that the right amounts of hypochlorous acid & sodium hydroxide are created.
Why Can’t I Buy Electrolyzed Water in a Store?
The reason it must be made in an appliance at home is that just like bubbles in a carbonated drink, hypochlorous acid starts to dissipate over time. That means a bottle of electrolyzed water sitting on a store shelf or in an Amazon warehouse would lose its deodorizing efficacy within just a few weeks. That’s why we tell our customers that they should dispose of any unused solution after 2 weeks if they are using it for deodorizing jobs. For cleaning only jobs, you can use it until the solution is gone.