HOCl has been used in the medical field for over a century. Before antibiotics were available, HOCl was used to irrigate and disinfect wounds in World War I. It is now used in everyday settings including daycare centers, hospitals, and even produce sections in grocery stores.
Neutrophils are white blood cells that are the first to arrive on site when an invading pathogen is detected. Neutrophils will chase down and engulf the pathogen through phagocytosis. Upon contact, neutrophils release a burst of bactericidal chemicals including its most powerful oxidizing agent, HOCl. This kills the pathogen by tearing down the cell membranes and proteins.
As you are aware, we have other disinfectant agents at our disposal. Bleach and alcohol have been widely used to kill viruses. Both are extremely toxic, highly irritating to the eyes, skin, and lungs—and inhalation over long periods could be carcinogenic.
Bleach requires several minutes of contact time whereas HOCI only needs less time to completely destroy a virus cell. Perhaps most importantly is that Bleach cannot be aerosolized where pathogens such as COVID - 19 and Flu linger. Whereas HOCl is able and arguably works best while aerosolized via a specialized ULV, non-corrosive ultrasonic misting device such as the MistShield™.
|EPA Registration Number||Active Ingredient(s)||Product Name||Follow the disinfection directions and preparation for the folowing virus||Contact Time (in minutes)|
|67619-42||Hypochlorous acid||Galaxy||Canine parvovirus; Rhinovirus||5|
|92108-1||Hypochlorous acid||Excelyte Vet||Norovirus||10|
|85134-1||Hypochlorous acid||Danolyte||Adenovirus; Rhinovirus||10|
|89896-2||Hypochlorous acid||Cleansmart||Human coronavirus||10|
If hypochlorous acid is such a powerful weapon against germs, why isn’t it more widely used? There are a couple of reasons. One being the cost to manufacture. HOCl was cost prohibitive until recently. Also, until recently HOCl was stable for only a very short time.
Fortunately, through science and technology, these issues have been corrected and HOCl is among the most stable and all-around cost effective disinfectants available.
To make hypochlorous acid is pretty simple chemistry utilizing advanced equipment. Start with precisely the correct proportions of three ingredients: salt, water and vinegar. A salt molecule is made up of the elements sodium and chloride (NaCl) and a water molecule is made up of hydrogen and oxygen (H2O). When an electrical current is applied to the solution, the molecules break apart and the elements form new molecules, including Hypochlorous; Nature’s super powerful disinfectant, and also the most powerful anti-microbial power. When the pH of the solution is lowered to the correct level, HOCl is created. This is exactly the same substance that is your immune system’s germ – fighter ( https://infectioncontrol.tips/2017/10/06/hypochlorous-innate-response)
So when you take your child to that indoor play area/petri dish or visit any germy environment – your white blood cells get to work naturally creating hypochlorous acid.