Hypochlorous Acid: A Better Disinfectant
Many people are looking for safer, more natural ways to clean their home. Most traditional cleaning products are full of harsh and toxic chemicals that can damage your health and the environment. Replace your toxic cleaners with hypochlorous acid and discover how simple it is to use natural products to keep a clean home!
Today’s society is becoming more and more conscious about using safe, eco-friendly, and all-natural products. From more natural soaps and beauty care products to laundry detergent and organic foods, many of us are looking for ways to more fully care for the planet while exposing ourselves and our families to less chemicals. Household cleaning products are no different.
While many traditional household cleaners are effective at what they do, they expose you and your family to a variety of toxic chemicals. As a result, you may experience some symptoms such as irritation, dizziness, headaches, or worse. Using something even as common as bleach often requires a mask and gloves. (1) Does that sound like something you want in your house?
Chemicals aren’t the only way to keep your house clean and germ-free. With a variety of natural cleaners, you can maintain a clean, healthy home while also being confident that the products you are using are safe for both your family and the environment.
The Best Natural Disinfectant
A clean home can help eliminate or reduce the amount of bacteria and viruses we are exposed to. Bleach is known as a common disinfectant, but its strong aroma and high concentration makes it unsafe to breathe in or be used on surfaces you touch without a good rinse-off. If you want a natural and safe disinfectant that is 80 to 200 times more powerful than bleach, then you need hypochlorous acid. (2)
What Is Hypochlorous Acid?
Hypochlorous acid is a weak acid created by combining water, chlorine, and electrolysis. This compound is a powerful disinfectant against viruses, bacteria, fungi, and other pathogens. Not only can you make it to use around the house, but your body naturally produces hypochlorous acid as part of its immune response. All mammals produce hypochlorous acid via white blood cells, and it helps kill a variety of invading pathogens by oxidation and chlorination. (3)
How Is Hypochlorous Acid So Powerful?
Some may wonder how hypochlorous acid can be such an effective disinfectant if it’s a weak acid. The answer lies in its charge. Everything has a molecular charge, similar to a magnet. If a pathogen is negatively charged and a disinfectant is negatively charged, they will repel each other. The same goes for two positively charged items.
Hypochlorous acid, however, has a neutral charge. This means that whether the pathogen has a positively or negatively charged cell wall, hypochlorous acid can attach to it. Once inside the cell wall, hypochlorous acid can destroy viruses, fungi, and bacteria from the inside out via chlorination, which breaks down the pathogen’s DNA and makes it harmless. (4)
What Pathogens Does Hypochlorous Acid Kill?
Because hypochlorous acid has a neutral charge, it offers extreme “antimicrobial efficacy against all common bacteria and yeasts/fungi.” (5) In fact, hypochlorous acid is the form of free available chlorine with the “highest bacterial activity against a broad range of microorganisms.” (5) A free available chlorine is “the part of the total chlorine measurement that has not yet reacted with contaminants.” (6) Because hypochlorous acid has the highest available bacterial activity and is a free available chlorine, it can easily attach to contaminants such as bacteria and quickly kill them.
- Has an effectiveness of >99.999% against black mold spores, human papillomavirus (HPV 16 & 18), MRSA, salmonella enterica, Staphylococcus aureus, and more.
- Can reduce E. coli by 99.9993% in just 30 seconds.
- Can reduce Staphylococcus aureus by 99.994% in just 30 seconds.
- Can reduce the fungus group aspergillus by 99.8852% in just two minutes.
- Can inactivate viruses, including coronavirus, in less than one minute.
Is Hypochlorous Acid Already Being Used as a Cleaner?
Yes! Even though hypochlorous acid is fairly new to the cleaning world, it is taking off — and for good reason. Outpatient surgical centers have used hypochlorous acid to disinfect rooms, and they have found that rooms cleaned with hypochlorous acid have significantly lower bacteria count than rooms cleaned with traditional cleaning and disinfecting procedures. (4) In fact, hypochlorous acid has also been approved by the FDA for high-level sterilization and disinfection of medical instruments. (5)
The FDA has also approved hypochlorous acid as a safe antimicrobial agent in the production and preparation of food. This includes whole and cut meats, fruits and vegetables, shell eggs, fish, and seafood. (7) With this approval, hypochlorous acid is being more widely used in various industries, including farming and restaurants. (4)
Is Hypochlorous Acid Safe?
You bet! Hypochlorous acid is extremely safe for both people and the environment, and it has been approved by various government agencies as a safe product to use. In fact, during the 2020 pandemic, hypochlorous acid emerged as “the most potent and environmentally safe disinfectant available.” (5) These are just some of the facts about hypochlorous acid that makes it safe for you to use at home: (5,8,9,10,11)
- It is very stable.
- It is non-toxic to biological tissues (i.e., skin, muscles, connective tissue, etc.).
- It is non-cytotoxic (not toxic to cells).
- It is safe to use around the eyes, mouth, ears, and other sensitive areas of the body.
- It is safe to use around children.
- You can use it to disinfect personal items, including baby toys.
- It is highly reactive and short-lived, degrading to salt and water in just minutes.
- With end products of salt and water, it poses no ecotoxicological hazards in using the product or disposing of it.
- It poses no threat to environmental contamination.
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists it as a safe no-rinse food sanitizer.
- It is listed as an organic substance in the USDA’s National Organic Program.
Where Can I Buy Hypochlorous Acid?
If you want to use hypochlorous acid to disinfect surfaces and items in your home, we’ve got you covered! The Echo Clean™ is a brand new product that produces both hypochlorous acid and hypochlorite (a more bleach-like cleaner). With this simple-to-use spray bottle, all you have to do is add water, add salt, run the electrolysis cycle, and voila: hypochlorous acid ready to use around the house. Simply spray on the surfaces you want to disinfect, wait a few minutes, and wipe clean!
Not only does the Echo Clean™ make it easy for you to access one of nature’s most powerful disinfectants, but it also helps you reduce your ecological footprint. By replacing your normal household cleaners with the Echo Clean™, you can eliminate the use of toxic chemicals that get into the environment, and greatly reduce the amount of plastic containers used for such products. Plus, you can save cupboard space and hundreds of dollars a year by replacing cartons of various disinfecting products with a single one.
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Other Natural Household Cleaners
Alkaline WaterAlkaline water is water that has a pH level greater than 7, and it makes a great natural cleaner. Alkaline water is reported to be effective against greasy surfaces, including bodily oils that end up covering clothes, as well as the shower, toilet, and kitchen counters. The Echo Ultimate™ produces alkaline water in addition to three other types of water. With the Echo Ultimate™, you can select one of four different levels of alkaline water, each with a different pH level and varying benefits. If you want to learn more about alkaline water and how you can use it to clean, check out this blog post. Here are just a few ways that you can use alkaline water to clean around the house:
- Wash vegetables and remove any residue from farming.
- Wash sinks, showers, and toilets to remove bodily oils.
- Remove heavy soil or greasy residue on kitchen counters, stove tops, and more.
- Remove stains from fabric, furniture, or carpets.
VinegarVinegar is a common product found in the kitchen that you can use in both cleaning and cooking. Made from a fermentation process, vinegar contains roughly 5% of acetic acid, which largely gives vinegar its pungent aroma and helps give vinegar its strong cleaning properties. (11) Vinegar is acid based, non-toxic, eco-friendly, and incredibly affordable. (12, 13) Because of its acidic nature, vinegar works great at removing dirt, mineral deposits, grime, and grease. If you want to use vinegar to clean around the house, it’s best to use white distilled vinegar. This is because its lack of color will prevent any staining, and its roughly 5% acidic nature is similar to most traditional cleaners. (13) Here are just a few ways that you can use vinegar to clean your home naturally: (13)
- Clean mirrors and glass with one part water and two parts vinegar.
- Combine 2 teaspoons of vinegar with 1 teaspoon of salt and use to scrub out stubborn calcium deposits and hard water stains on faucets and showerheads.
- Spray undiluted vinegar in the shower and on the shower curtain to remove mildew. Let it sit for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse.
- Pour 2 to 3 cups of undiluted vinegar into the toilet bowl to remove odors and any staining. Let the vinegar sit for up to three hours before scrubbing and flushing.
- Add 1 cup of vinegar to a wash cycle of laundry to help remove stains and odor in fabrics.
Essential OilsAnother natural cleaning ingredient is essential oils. Known for their wide range of benefits in physical, mental, and emotional health, essential oils can also be great cleaning agents. While there are many different oils you can use to clean around the house, we will just list a few of the most common ones here. These include Lemon, Pine, Lavender, and Orange. Here are just some of the ways to use these essential oils to clean your home: (14, 15, 16)
- Use a few drops of Lemon essential oil to remove sticky residue. Simply use a paper towel or sponge to rub the residue away.
- Add 4 to 6 drops of Lemon essential oil to a jar of baking soda and mix together. Cover the jar with fabric, and secure it. Place in the refrigerator to help eliminate odors.
- Add up to 10 drops of Pine, Lemon, or other essential oils to your bucket of natural floor cleaner for a fresh, clean smell.
- Mix 10 to 15 drops of Pine with 4 ounces of water and spray around the house, furniture, and car to help eliminate odors.
- Add a few drops of Lavender essential oil to your natural laundry detergent to help avoid musty smells in the washing machine.
- Add a couple of drops of Orange essential oil to your dish soap or natural dish cleaner to help remove grease or mucky residue.
Baking SodaSodium bicarbonate, more commonly known as baking soda, is a natural product that has been used since the ancient Egyptian times in 3500 BC. (17) When it comes to keeping a clean home, baking soda is well-known for its deodorizing properties, as well as its ability to help clean and brighten surfaces. Although baking soda is slightly abrasive, it dissolves in water and becomes nonabrasive before it scratches any surface it’s on. (18) It can neutralize dirt, grease, and odors. Baking soda is also environmentally friendly, and it is gentle for human use, even if inhaled or ingested. (17) Not only that, but baking soda works great with other natural cleaners, like vinegar. Here are just a few ways that you can use baking soda to naturally clean around the house: (19, 20)
- To eliminate odor in drains, pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain after rinsing the drain with hot water. Let the baking soda sit for 15 minutes before rinsing again with hot water. Repeat weekly.
- To remove stubborn residue, sprinkle baking soda on dirty pots and pans. Pour boiling vinegar into the pan with the baking soda, and let it sit for 30 minutes. Wipe clean with a wet sponge.
- Sprinkle baking soda between layers of trash to avoid odors.
- Clean a grimy stove top by pouring baking soda directly onto grimy surfaces. Let it sit for five minutes before wiping clean with a damp cloth. Scrub gently if needed.
- Deodorize cutting boards by sprinkling them with baking soda, scrubbing with a damp sponge or cloth, and rinsing.
- Remove carpet stains by mixing 1 cup of baking soda with 1 cup of salt and 1 cup of white vinegar. Apply the mixture to the stain and allow it to dry before vacuuming the area.
Keeping a Clean Home, Naturally
Ready to get rid of all those toxic household cleaners you have hiding in your cupboard? Now is the perfect time! Replace harsh cleaners with natural, eco-friendly, safe, and toxic-free cleaners like hypochlorous acid, vinegar, alkaline water, baking soda, and essential oils. With just a few common household products and the new Echo Clean™, you can keep germs, dirt, mold, and grime out of your home while knowing that the products you use are safe for you, your family, and the environment.