“Quick Kill” – Hypochlorous Generator

Hypochlorous Acid (HOCI) is a highly potent oxidizing agent and will bind to the cell membrane of a bacteria, fungus, or virus and destroy the membrane, thus killing the cell. Studies with HOCl have shown that it is highly effective against resistant strains of bacteria and has been shown to be 70-80 times more effective than bleach in cleaning and disinfecting.

 

  • 100% consistent supply
  • Conforms to EPA List-N & List-D
  • No residue or rinsing
  • Disinfects to CDC and NIH standards
  • Limitless applications and uses
  • Long shelf life
  • Plug & play – easy set-up
  • 3rd-party validated
  • Adjustable pH and chemical strength
  • Cost savings vs purchased chemicals
  • Production capabilities from 5 to 80 gallons per hour

 

 

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Hypochlorous Acid Background

 

Hypochlorous Acid, or HOCl, is a chemical found throughout nature and functions as a powerful oxidizer. HOCl has a long history of use in beginning with WWI medics would carry HOCl to use in open wounds on the battlefield. Not only is HOCl stable for weeks at a time but was safe and painless to the troops being administered the liquid. Shortly after WWI penicillin was introduced and by WW2 was nicknamed “the wonder drug” due to the ability to mass-produce. Fast forward 50 years and the emergence of penicillin resistance among some microorganisms began to render the “wonder drug” ineffective. Antibiotics became readily available and used with less discretion. More resistance from bacteria evolved and treating open wounds or executing skin grafts became more difficult without risk of infection.
Medical professionals began re-evaluating the widespread use of antibiotics in the early 2000’s. New studies refocused on oxidizers. HOCl never went away from use but rather went through industrial repurposing after WWI. Since World War I, HOCl has been used as a bactericide in livestock, dairy and food production, wastewater treatment, municipal water treatment, swimming pools and horticulture applications to name a few. In 2016 the FDA approved products whose main active ingredient is HOCl for the clinical use of treating wounds in humans and pets. HOCl, unlike antibiotics, does not allow any resistance to build in the microorganisms it treats making it superior to antibiotics available today. HOCl is naturally produced by your body’s white blood cells as a way to fight off mild infection.
HOCl as an oxidizer is faster acting than any other environmentally safe solution. For example: E. Coli when exposed to HOCl is inactivated in .1 seconds. Hard to kill microorganisms like C. Diff and HIV are inactivated in 30 seconds. A comprehensive list of deactivation times compared to quaternary ammonium compounds follows later in this section.

 

The Process of generating HOCl

 

Brine solution, or NACl +H₂O, is passed through an active electrolytic cell and combined with fresh water at a rate equivalent to the targeted pH and PPM of the solution being produced. The electricity disassociates the Sodium and Chloride ions where they reform with the Hydrogen and Oxygen from the incoming water stream. Two products are formed, Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl) also known as Anolyte and Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) also known as Catholyte. The HOCl produced is a neutral pH making the solution non-corrosive. Our unit is designed and programmed to generate HOCl with the NaOH as a byproduct produced at a volume 5% to that of the HOCl. The HOCl has a long shelf life if stored in a closed container or if stored in an open container a consistent two-week shelf life.

 

 

The Science

 

Quaternary ammonium cations, also known as quats, are positively charged polyatomic ions.  These ions, when presented against a similarly charged ions, like gram-positive bacteria are far less effective than against gram-negative bacteria.  HOCl on the other hand is a neutrally charged ion and interacts easily with the cell wall of both gram-positive bacteria and gram-negative bacteria.

 

Common Gram-positive bacteria resistant to quats:

 

• Staphylococcus aureus

• Clostridium botulinum

• Clostridium tetani

• Clostridium difficile

• Listeria monocytogenes

• Salmonella Typhi

• Hemophilus Influenza

 

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