Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, homes and businesses have been disinfecting more than ever. This has led to an unfortunate rise in injuries related to toxic chemicals. Last April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that calls to poison hotlines for cases involving cleansers and disinfectants rose more than 20% compared to last year.
To keep our homes and businesses safe, we need to start using non-toxic disinfectants which are proven to thoroughly kill pathogens, but can be used safely around food, people, and pets without posing additional risk. This is where HOCl comes in.
HOCl (Hypochlorous Acid) is an EPA-certified organic and non-toxic disinfecting agent. It has been growing in popularity worldwide as people realize how harmful bleach-based cleaners can be. Want to know what makes HOCl so great? We at Sanistaff have put together a list of our favorite things about HOCl, so read on!
HOCl, 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.
Many toxic chemicals are unsafe to use around food and beverages. Food must be removed from surfaces prior to cleaning, and the surfaces must be wiped down after disinfection to remove traces of harmful chemicals. This process is not necessary with HOCl. Since it is non-toxic and naturally breaks down into saltwater, it can be used around and even on food and beverages. This makes HOCl an ideal product for restaurants, kitchens, and bars.
A Los Angeles Times article reported that HOCl occurring in electrolyzed water is frequently used in contact with food in Japan – they spray it directly on sushi to kill harmful bacteria. It has also been used by poultry processors to kill Salmonella and grocery clerks to sanitize checkout lanes.
HOCl is a naturally-occurring substance. It is made by white blood cells in all mammals for healing and protection. It plays an important role in the immune system, killing pathogens through oxygenation and chlorination.
Scientists discovered a method for generating HOCl outside the human body in the 1970s, yet it was only in the last decade that they developed a reliable, efficient means of stabilizing it in solution. Whether it’s made in your body or in a lab, HOCl is environmentally-friendly and degrades into a harmless salt water solution.
HOCl is one of the most effective biocides. It eradicates all bacteria, mycobacteria, spores, fungi and viruses within 15 seconds. It disinfects 200 to 300 times better than bleach and is 100% safe.
The EPA’s list of disinfectants certified for use against COVID-19 includes many products using HOCl as their primary active ingredient – you can find the full list here. One such brand of disinfectant, Envirocleanse-A, has been tested for effectiveness against COVID-19, Staphylococcus Aureus, Salmonella Enterica, E. Coli, Norovirus, H1N1,and others, and was shown to be over 99.999% effective against them – see a full kill list here.
What do you use to disinfect?
Next time you disinfect your home or business, research the chemicals you use. Always ask yourself: What surfaces will I be using this product on? Will it come into contact with people or food? How effective do I need this product to be?
Consider calling in Sanistaff to perform a disinfection for you. HOCl is the active ingredient in Envirocleanse-A, the product Sanistaff uses for disinfections. If you’d like to have Sanistaff perform a disinfection or if you’d like to purchase Envirocleanse-A from Sanistaff, call us at 703-738-6469.
Want to learn more about Envirocleanse-A? Visit the Envirocleanse website.