What is Hypocholorous Acid?
-HOCl is the scientific formula for hypochlorous acid, a weak acid similar to that of a mild citrus juice.
-HOCl is made naturally by white blood cells in all mammals for healing and protection.
-HOCl is a powerful oxidant that is effective against invading bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
-Generating HOCl by running electricity through a solution of saltwater was discovered in 1970s.
-HOCl is now used in healthcare, food safety, water treatment, and general sanitation.
Hypochlorous acid, unlike chlorine bleach, is 100% safe and non-irritant. If it gets on your skin or in your eyes, it will not burn. Even if it were accidentally ingested, it is completely harmless. Yet, it is 70-80 times more efficient at killing microbial pathogens than chlorine bleach.
In the home, hypochlorous acid is useful anywhere you need a sanitizer but don't feel comfortable using a toxic chemical. A perfect example is in the kitchen. Instead of rinsing leafy greens with water, use hypochlorous acid. Or for personal items such as toothbrushes or razors, hypochlorous acid is safe. Want to sanitize laundry without damaging or discoloring clothing, hypochlorous acid is the answer.
Hypochlorous acid is one of the most effective known biocides. It’s a biocide so safe for humans and animals that we already have it in our bodies.
This weak acid with the chemical name HClO or HOCl is the same chemical produced by the human immune system to kill invasive organisms and fight infection. White blood cells (neutrophils) in the human immune system produce hypochlorous acid.
Hypochlorous acid (HOCl) combats viruses, bacteria and other microorganisms.