Hypochlorous Acid Disinfectant: Everything You Need to Know

Whether we are aware of it or not, disinfection is a large part of our society and is what has kept the widespread and dangerous plagues and diseases we once regularly experienced at bay. HOCl (Hypochlorous acid) is one of the most effective and environmentally friendly disinfectants on the market. In this article, we will explore Hypochlorous acid disinfectant and how it is utilised in society.

 

What is Hypochlorous Acid?

HOCl otherwise referred to as Hypochlorous Acid was discovered in 1834 by Antoine Jerome Balard. He also discovered that this substance could be utilised as an effective disinfectant. HOCl is a part of the chlorine family and is known to be the most powerful oxidant within that family (it is even stronger than bleach). It is non-toxic and occurs naturally within the white blood cells of mammals. Within the body, HOCl naturally protects one from a range of pathogens that could be dangerous to one’s health.

 

What is Hypochlorous Acid Used For?

It took a while to discover a way in which to create a stable version of HOCl that was inexpensive and that allowed for a long shelf life. This has allowed for HOCl to be approved for commercial use. Due to its neutral charge, it does not work by repelling bacteria but rather attracts bacteria, after which it penetrates the bacteria walls and kills its cells. This is what makes it such an effective disinfectant.

HOCl is utilised in a variety of industries and has many applications Some of the industries it is utilised in include the medical, water, food, and beauty industries.

 

Hypochlorous Acid for Water Disinfection

Hypochlorous acid is used for water disinfection in a process known as chlorination. As water from natural water sources does contain microorganisms it can be dangerous to consume. While not all of the microorganisms in the water are dangerous, pathogens are also present which can lead to the outbreak of waterborne diseases. Therefore, water must be disinfected before it can be consumed. As chlorine is added to water, it forms hypochlorous acid which is what disinfects the water. This is done on a large scale at water plants before it is introduced into our water system.

 

Hypochlorous Acid for Food Safety

Hypochlorous acid (HOCl) is used within the agricultural industry on fruits and vegetables before they are sold for consumption at the supermarket.  Fruits and vegetables contain microorganisms which can include pathogens. Before fruits and vegetables can be sold they should be treated with a disinfectant to ensure that they do not negatively affect consumers. HOCl is a very effective and non-toxic disinfectant that can be consumed after application without having to be washed off first.

 

Hypochlorous Acid in Medical Care

Hypochlorous acid is utilised in a variety of ways within the medical field. From disinfecting wounds, to disinfecting an area before operating. It is an inexpensive disinfectant which is why hospitals are able to use it in such large volumes. It is even present in certain eye care products as it is so gentle and safe to use on the human body. The medical use of HOCl also surged in 2020 when the Coronavirus surfaced as it was found to be extremely effective at disinfecting against and killing the virus where present on the skin. Thus, if used regularly to disinfect one's hands in the workplace, in public areas, and even at home, one could prevent infection.

 

Where to Find Hypochlorous Acid

E.L.F Consultancy is a South African company that specialises in Hypochlorous acid products. They stock dissolvable tablets that will create a HOCl solution that can remain stable for up to 21 days. They believe in going green and being as natural as possible. HOCl allows one to effectively disinfect without harming the environment.

 

To find out more about E.L.F Consultancy, visit the AgrifoodSA directory and utilise a cost-effective disinfectant that does not negatively affect the environment.

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