Electrolyzed Water Uses:
Electrolyzed Water For Cleaning: How it Works
The scoop on using electrolyzed water for cleaning
Electrolyzed water is a simple technology that’s been in the industrial space for 50+ years, used for applications including green cleaning & disinfecting, produce preservation, dental, wound healing, eye care and veterinary car products. It uses electricity to change the chemical structure of salt, water & vinegar into a cleaner as effective as bleach, but with no toxic chemicals. It’s so gentle that no gloves or rinsing are needed. Crazy right? It’s a technology that’s been used for years in the industrial space to create a potent cleaner, deodorizer and disinfectant. For example, hospitals in the United States and Japan use electrolyzed water for its efficacy & gentleness.
Electrolyzed water for cleaning: how it’s made
In its simplest form, the technology uses an electrical current to change the molecular structure of salt, water and vinegar into 2 new ingredients. Now for the specific chemistry:
When an electrical charge is passed through the salt (NaCl) solution, the sodium separates from the chloride. Chloride is negatively charged & 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 or hypochlorous acid. This is the molecule that gives bleach its anti-microbial power & it’s also the same substance your white blood cells produce to fight infection. Yes you caught that right – hypochlorous acid is your immune system’s first line of defense, and if you happen to be in a public restroom or nursery school right now, your body is making 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.
The vinegar is used as a buffer to achieve the right pH of the solution. It’s the pH that determines whether the solution is predominantly bleach (bust out the face masks & gloves) or instead hypochlorous acid (no hazmat suits needed). 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.
Why you can’t buy electrolyzed water in stores
You might be wondering why you haven’t found bottles of electrolyzed water on store shelves. The reason is that just like bubbles in carbonated drinks, hypochlorous acid dissipates over time. That means a bottle of electrolyzed water sitting on a shelf or in a warehouse would lose its efficacy in just a couple of weeks. That’s one of the top reasons it’s only been used in the industrial space, where it’s made in large tanks and used up on site. The other reason you haven’t seen it is those large tanks – not exactly sized for the average family’s kitchen countertop, not to mention the $10,000+ price point for buying the equipment!
How to Make Electrolyzed Water for Cleaning at Home
At Force of Nature we’ve miniaturized this industrial-grade technology to fit on your countertop so you can use electrolyzed water for cleaning your own home. 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 safety and efficacy – into a powerful multipurpose cleaner, disinfectant and deodorizer that’s as effective as bleach yet totally free of harmful 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 or hop on over here.