Hypochlorous Acid (HOCI)
What is Hypochlorous Acid (HOCI)
HOCl is the scientific formula for hypochlorous acid, a weak acid similar to that of a mild citrus juice. When salt water is electrolyzed, it produces an anolyte solution that consists of >99.3% water, chloride salt and Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl).
Hypochlorous Acid is a naturally occurring chemical that is produced by our neutrophils, or white blood cells, to fight bacteria and inflammation after an infection or trauma.
HOCl is a powerful oxidant that is effective against invading bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl) is both non toxic to the delicate cells that can heal our wounds while being lethal to almost all known dangerous bacteria and viruses that threaten our health.
HOCl is easily biodegradable and environmentally friendly hence it is commonly used in healthcare, food safety, water treatment, and general waste water sanitation.
Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl) vs. Sodium Hypochlorite (Chlorine Bleach)
Hypochlorite ion carries a negative electrical charge, while hypochlorous acid carries no electrical charge. The hypochlorous acid moves quickly, able to oxidize the bacteria in a matter of seconds, while the hypochlorite ion might take up to a half hour to do the same.
Germ surfaces carry a negative electrical charge which results in a repulsion of the negatively charged hypochlorite ion to the area of the germ surfaces, making hypochlorite ion less effective at killing germs.
The ratio of the two compounds is determined by the relative acidity (pH) of the water. Water treatment specialists can adjust the pH level to make hypochlorous acid more dominate, as it is more efficient at killing bacteria.
The hypochlorous acid's lack of electrical charge allows it to more efficiently penetrate the protective barriers surrounding germs.