HYPOCHLOUROUS ACID (HOCL)
Hypochlorous Acid Inside White Blood Cell Killing Bacteria
WHAT IS HOCL?
Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl) is the same infection fighting compound found naturally in human white blood cells. Inside of the body, HOCl works to fight off bacteria and viruses. Outside of the human body, it is one of the most effective disinfectants and sanitizers for the reduction and removal of viruses, bacteria, fungi, and mold. It has been considered to be the safest, most effective, all-natural disinfectant known by researchers and scientists around the world. It is approximately 80 times more effective than household bleach, but much safer to use. HOCl has a temporary and mild chlorine smell that dissipates quickly, is non-irritating, and does not have poisonous side effects.
HOCL is organic, non-toxic, non-corrosive, and safe for human contact. It is also and environmentally safe, as its byproduct is only water and salt.
THE ADVANTAGES OF HOCL
Hypochlorous Acid has repeatedly been shown to be effective at combating a wide range of viruses and bacteria with as little as 1 minute contact time, at a concentration of 200 PPM...a significant improvement over other disinfectants that require as much as 10 minutes of contact time. Simply put, HOCL is the most effective disinfectant in the chlorine family, and is safer to use than all other chlorine containing disinfectants.
The effectiveness of HOCL has been documented as having strong bactericidal effects, reducing many pathogenic bacteria such as E. Coli, Salmonella, and Listeria. In addition to its microbiocidal action on actively growing bacteria, HOCL is also known to kill a variety of fungi by damaging their inner membrane, rendering them unable to germinate.
WHAT HOCL IS NOT...
Bleach (NaOCl) - Bleach is highly irritating to the eyes, skin, and lungs, and inhalation over long periods has the potential to cause cancer. Bleach is a corrosive, especially to metal surfaces, and reacts with biological tissues, causing irritation and cell death by protein denaturation. This reaction is most severe for the more sensitive tissues such as the respiratory system and eyes.
Hydrochloric Acid (HCL) - Many people confuse HOCL with Hydrochloric acid (HCL) which is corrosive to the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes. Acute inhalation exposure may cause coughing, hoarseness, inflammation and ulceration of the respiratory tract, chest pain, and pulmonary edema in humans.
Quaternary Ammonium (QUATS) - Quats are chemicals used as disinfectants, and are very effective against microbes. However, quats are not safe if inhaled, and will linger on a surface long after it has been cleaned...so your exposure continues every time you touch whatever it has been used on. Disinfectant sprays and wipes with quats also recommend against using them on any food-contact surfaces (like cutting boards, plates or cutlery, high chair trays etc.) because these potent chemicals can contaminate the food they come into contact with, even well after cleaning is done. The widespread use of quats coupled with the observations that they showed up in human samples and findings of potential toxicity in animals and cells has pushed some researchers to scrutinize these chemicals further.
Alcohol - Alcohol is one of the most popular disinfectant to use as a key ingredient in hand sanitizers, in clinics for wiping down instruments, and furniture. However, it dries out the hands, leather, and fabrics. It is bactericidal, fungicidal, and viricidal, but is NOT effective against bacterial spores.
HOCL is generated by the electrolysis of an H2O and NaCl solution, passing through on electrolysis chamber. This electrolytic process facilitates the conversion of chloride ions and water molecules into chlorine oxidants (chlorine gas, hypochlorous acid, and hypochlorite ion) within the anode chamber. At an acidic to neutral pH, the predominant chemical species is hypochlorous acid (HOCl).
The effectiveness of hypochlorous acid as an active sanitizing agent is determined in large part by the pH, a measure of the acidity or hydrogen ion concentration of the solution. HOCL generated with a pH of 5.0–6.5 is nontoxic to biologic tissues.
100 years of data from chlorine chemistry research shows that Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl) is extremely effective at killing viruses, and much more safe than chlorine bleach.
The CDC lists HOCl as an effective disinfectant in their Guidelines for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities.
Research on the World Health Organization (WHO) website shows that HOCL is so safe and effective, that it can be used to disinfect drinking water!
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registers ALL sanitizers and disinfectants as pesticides. However, HOCL generated on-site using sodium chloride and water are so safe, that the EPA does not require it to be registered as a pesticide.
The Food & Drug administration (FDA) has cleared electrolytically generated hypochlorous acid (HOCl) as a safe for food contact, and as a high-level disinfectant. This is why we use HOCL here at Corona Stoppers.
This memorandum from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) clarifies that HOCL from electrolyzed water is a type of chlorine material that is allowed in organic food production and handling.
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