Hypochlorous Acid - Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl)

HOCl contains NO Harsh Chemicals, it is 100% Natural, yet it provides the very best and safest protection for all your family.

Bio-Safety Solutions understands that for many people HOCl is a new type of Disinfectant emerging in the fight to combat Coronavirus and therefore we understand you may have lots of questions regarding this new Disinfectant before deciding to commit to a Green Clean Disinfection and Sanitation.

To help you understand the range of Green Clean disinfection products we offer, Bio-Safety Solutions has compiled a list of FAQs.

Q1. What is HOCl (Hypochlorous Acid) Disinfectant? 

Firstly, Hypochlorous acid is nothing new, and most similar disinfection solutions have been deemed non-toxic and safe for humans, used in medical arenas for over a century prior to the advent of antibiotics. Today, such cleaning solutions are used in commercial and home scenarios.

Hypochlorous acid a naturally occurring chemical in the body, produced by primarily white blood cells of our immune system to help the body fight germs and infections. The immune system fights off bacteria and viruses and promotes wound healing. Hypochlorous acid has been used in healthcare scenarios for generations. In fact, it’s FDA approved and used as a food disinfectant and in organic crop production, effectively killing 99.9% bacteria.

HOCl is a highly potent anti-microbial against all pathogenic microorganisms and is found to be the most effective disinfectant in the chlorine family available in dilute solution. HOCl is a new innovative product with a neutral ph and 100% safe for humans, food, animal and plants.

HOCl Disinfectant is a hospital grade Disinfectant that is 100 times more effective than bleach yet perfectly safe for all the family. HOCl contains NO harsh chemicals, is 100% natural and the only two ingredients used are Salt and Water.

Q2. Why does HOCl have a slight smell of bleach?

When the Hypochlorous acid reacts with oxygen in the air it emits a small amount of gas, which is what you can smell.

Q3. What is HOCl made of?

HOCl Disinfection products are produced 100% natural and eco-friendly using only water and salt as raw materials.

Q4. How is HOCl produced?

The basic process for producing HOCl Disinfectant is mixing tap water and ordinary salt (sodium chlorite) to create a solution that is then electrolyzed using an electric current. This process is called electrolysis and the resulting water is a known disinfectant and cleanser produced through electrolysis. Put simply, the HOCl is electrolysed water.

Q5. How can Salt and Water kill Germs and Viruses?

The electrolysis process has the effect of separating the salt solution into two different solutions, Anolyte and Catholyte that together form an extremely effective disinfectant. When the HOCl interacts with bacteria, fungi, mold and viruses, it oxidizes the molecules present in the cells of these germs, killing them instantly.

Scientists reveal that the hypochlorous acid, which produces from the solution of water and sodium hypochlorite, can break down the cell membranes or walls of some germs. The hypochlorous acid also helps in the production of specific proteins in bacteria, which deters the proper functioning of bacteria.

Q6. Are there any toxic chemicals in HOCl?

No, not in the concentration in which the product is produced according to our products guidance. As you are aware, we have other strong disinfectant agents at our disposal. Bleach is widely used in hospitals and medical practices and shares the same chlorine family as HOCl. Research shows that they both kill bacteria, fungus, spores, and viruses. Yet bleach is highly irritating to the eyes, skin, and lungs-and inhalation over long periods could be carcinogenic.  In contrast, HOCl has a temporary and mild chlorine smell that dissipates quickly, it is non-irritating, and it does not have poisonous side effects.

Q7. How effective is HOCl?

Tests in compliance with EU Regulations show that HOCl is 99.99% effective at killing bacteria, viruses and fungi.

Q8. What can HOCl be used for?

HOCl is the most versatile of all disinfectants. Since it is highly effective at killing bacteria, viruses and fungi, without damaging environment and it is entirely human compatible, it can be used almost everywhere where disinfection or sanitization is required. It is the active ingredient in all electrolyzed water that is used for a green cleaning and sanitation. Without using harsh chemicals like bleach, electrolyzed water is just as effective without having any fumes or residues left over.

Hypochlorous Acid can also be used as a preservative on fresh produce because it kills bacteria without leaving any type of residue.

Q9. Is HOCl safe to drink?

The good news is that hypochlorous acid is safe for humans and animals to consume. It can disinfect your drinking water and then be consumed also. Unfortunately, it will have the slight smell and taste of chlorine. The HOCl is non-toxic therefore not harmful if ingested.

In 2015 Electrolysed water was given approved by the Secretary of State under regulation 31 of the Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations 2000 for use in public water supplies.

Q10. Do you require PPE when cleaning with HOCl?

The answer is NO, the HOCl is a powerful disinfectant yet perfectly safe and you do not require PPE when using this as a disinfectant or sanitizing.

Q11. What happens if I inhale HOCl?

There is no harm if you inhale HOCl, in fact recent research shows the HOCl can actually provide relief for those suffering with certain respiratory ailments. Once the HOCl is in the air that you breath, it kills the bacteria, viruses spores and pollen.

Q12. How quickly does HOCl work?

HOCl works much quicker than any disinfectant product you can buy from the supermarket. Typically, at least 5 times faster and it kills more germs (including viruses), killing up to 99.99% of all pathogens.

Q13. What’s the best place to store HOCl?

HOCl is best kept in a cool dark place (i.e. cupboard) and in a clearly labelled opaque container.

Q14. How long can I keep HOCl before it stops working?

If kept as recommended, HOCl will remain active for at least two weeks and up to a month after producing it. Storage in a hot place or direct sunlight will cause HOCl to degrade over a shorter period.

Q15. Can I use HOCl like Dettol to treat a graze or an open wound?

HOCl is an Antiseptic and although it has not been registered as a ‘Medicinal Product’, independent tests show that, in addition to killing the bacteria likely to cause an infection, the reactive oxygen in HOCl stimulates DNA synthesis and cell division, accelerating the repair of the wound.

As Hypochlorous acid is a naturally occurring chemical in the body, produced by primarily white blood cells of our immune system in addition to killing bacteria and viruses it also promotes wound healing. The Hypochlorous acid has been used in healthcare scenarios for generations. In fact, it’s FDA approved and used as a food disinfectant and in organic crop production, effectively killing 99.9% bacteria.

Q16. Can I use HOCl around children?

The term ‘acid’ scares many, but homemade solutions are weak, like the amount of acid found in orange juice. The Hypochlorous Acid (HOCI) is a weak acid and an oxidizing agent produced using only water and salt that is passed through a digitalized process of electricity called electrolysis. HOCl is a gentle disinfectant and is perfectly safe to use around children.

Q17. Can I use HOCl around my pets?

HOCl can be used in a number of ways to help care for your pets, such as regular spraying of their bedding, neutralizing pets smells and reducing bacteria.