Hypochlorous Acid

Enviro-Gleam use Hypochlorous Acid. Here’s why…

Hypochlorous acid (HOCI) is the perfect weapon to fight germs. It hits hard against pathogens like Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus and Pseudomonas Aeroginosa. Yet this powerful weapon is 100 percent safe for humans.

Chemical free, non-toxic and all-natural, that’s an impressive combination. It has been used in the medical field for over a century, even before antibiotics were available, HOCI was used to irrigate and disinfect wounds in World War I and is now used in everyday settings including care homes and hospitals.

HOCI is a weak acid that occurs naturally in our body. The most powerful oxidising agent HOCl  kills the pathogen by tearing down the cell membranes and proteins

What is Hypochlorous Acid (HOCI)?

  • Hypochlorous acid (HOCL) is entirely organic and harmless if ingested
  • It is a water-based disinfectant that does not dry out the skin.
  • Scientifically proven effect against bacteria, viruses and fungi.
  • Is a ready to use, fragrance free and almost odourless disinfectant. It contains no alcohol and unlike alcohol-based disinfectants, it is gentle on the skin and avoids irritating or drying out the skin when frequently used.
  • Based on a scientifically proven formula, used by hospitals in Japan, Russia, S Korea and many other countries. Offers longer-lasting protection compared to alcohol based disinfectants.
  • Effective wound healing properties.
  • Can be used as hand or surface sanitiser.
  • Not fire hazardous, resulting in safer, cheaper and less time consuming handling.
  • Environmentally friendly.

HOCI compared to Alcohol and Bleach

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 HOCI. 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.Alcohol is a popular disinfectant to use in clinics for wiping down instruments, furniture, and is a key ingredient in hand sanitizers. Ethyl alcohol (70%) is considered more effective compared to isopropyl alcohol. Both are bactericidal, fungicidal and viricidal but are not effective against bacterial spores like HOCI.

HOCI or Alcohol as sanitiser?

Hand sanitisers with alcohol are used daily in many medical offices, but over time repeated use may lead to hand dermatitis. Many become allergic to hand sanitisers after using it for a longer period, it can be extremely irritating. After discontinuing hand sanitisers and using latex free gloves, it can still take months for hand dermatitis to resolve.

In one study, the prevalence of contact dermatitis related to hand hygiene ranged from 25 to 55 percent.  Fortunately, HOCI acid can also be used as a hand sanitiser with no irritating side effects. Fortunately, HOCI acid can also be used as a hand sanitiser with no irritating side effects. Moreover, the punch HOCI delivers pathogens is more powerful than the one delivered by alcohol.

Hand Sanitiser

Surface Disinfectant

Air Disinfectant

Wound Healing

How to use Hypochlorous Acid (HOCL)

HOCL is the most powerful disinfectant in the chlorine family, still it’s not irritating to skin or eyes and is almost PH neutral at around 6.0-6.6.

Correct hand-washing technique courtesy of the manufacturer Liquid Medical

Use hypochlorous acid (HOCL) as Hand Sanitiser

HOCL-spray is not a gel like alcohol based hand sanitisers, it is a liquid.

When used as a hand sanitiser it is therefore best if it’s sprayed on to the hands in a fine mist.

Spray each hand by pumping 2-3 times on the bottle to ensure both hands feel “wet”, then spread the liquid evenly over the hands, ensuring all areas of the hands have been wet.

Let your hands air dry, this normally only takes a few seconds.

When using HOCL-spray as surface sanitiser

Simply spray HOCL-spay on the surface and let it dry or use a sponge to spread it evenly. It does not leave any streaks and drys quickly.

You can use it on kitchen tops, cutting boards, sinks and taps. Remember to sanitise all areas that are normally touched in a household such as door and window handles, hand rails and much more!You can also use it in bathrooms and spray it directly on to tiles, sinks and toilets to ensure a sanitised home.

If you are using it in your car, remember it’s not only the steering wheel and gear stick that needs sanitation. Buttons and door handles need it too! When using it in cars we recommend soaking a clean cloth slightly and using it to wipe all the surfaces.

For surface sanitation our HOCL-solution with 100ppm is 100% effective.

Sanitising larger areas effectively

HOCL-spray is also sold in 2.5L, 25L and 1000L sizes in various strength from 50ppm to 400ppm.

When sanitising larger areas it can be used in automatic sprayers such as is normally used to spray pesticide in gardens and parks.
This makes it possible to sanitise large areas quickly such as public toilets or showers, trains, subways, buses. It is also an ideal disinfectant to use in police arrests and jails where it might be difficult to move people.

As HOCL-spray is almost odour free, it has only a weak short smell of chlorine that quickly evaporates and does not cause irritation to skin, eyes or airways. It can therefore be used in the presence of people. This ensures minimum downtime and quick and effective sanitation.

For further information on the products Enviro-Gleam use and recommend, please contact us.