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The Science Behind the Echo Clean ™

Last Updated on: July 30, 2021

Reviewed By: Jessica Herzog, MD, FAAP, ABioM

Woman using echo clean on her fridge

The Echo Clean ™ is a powerful personal cleaner that cleans 80 times more effectively than bleach, but how exactly does it work?

The Echo Clean ™ is a powerful personal cleaner that can turn water into hypochlorous acid. Hypochlorous acid is an FDA-approved natural disinfectant that is 80 times more powerful than bleach. But how does the Echo Clean ™ create such a powerful disinfectant using water?

How the Echo Clean ™ Solution Is Made

To produce hypochlorous acid, you need one key thing in addition to water: salt. Once the salt has been added to the water, the Echo Clean ™ uses electricity in a process known as electrolysis to change the chemical structure of the water converting the salt water into hypochlorous acid and sodium hypochlorite.

The Science

Two reactions take place within the Echo Clean ™. The first reaction happens when the electrical charge passes through the sodium chloride (NaCI) solution (the salt water solution) the sodium separates from the chloride. Because the chloride is negatively charged, the chloride is attracted to the positive side of the electrical charge, where it bonds with oxygen and hydrogen. This reaction causes a conversion from CI- to HOCI (hypochlorous acid). 

The second reaction occurs when the sodium separates from the chloride. When the sodium separates, the positively charged sodium is attracted to the negative charge, where it bonds with oxygen and hydrogen. This substance is electrochemically converted to NaCIO (sodium hypochlorite). 

These two reactions are then indivisible from each other. When operating your Echo Clean ™, you then get both hypochlorous acid and sodium hypochlorite. 

Girl using echo clean on her skin

What Is Hypochlorous Acid and What Is It Used For?

HOCl is found naturally in your body. It is the substance your white blood cells produce to keep you healthy. HOCl is an essential part of your immune system that helps your body to fight infection.

Hypochlorous acid (HOCl) is used to:

  1. Treat acne, eczema, and other skin issues (1)
  2. Disinfect surfaces(2)
  3. Treat wounds (3)
  4. Aid in eye care* (4) 
  5. Help with organic crop production (5)
  6. Produce preservatives (6)
  7. Help with diabetic skin ulcers (7)
  8. Disinfect food (7)

*HOCI can only be used for eye care in very small, diluted doses. Do not use HOCI on your eyes before consulting your primary healthcare professional.

What Is Sodium Hypochlorite and What Is It Used For?

Sodium hypochlorite (NaClO) has long been used as a bleaching agent and as a disinfectant. Because of its strong disinfectant properties, NaCIO has been commonly used for household water treatments and disinfection (8). According to the CDC, as a disinfectant, sodium hypochlorite “offers the best mix of low cost, ease of use, safety, and effectiveness … These characteristics are the reasons why most water treatment systems in the US and Europe have been using chlorine for disinfecting drinking water for nearly 100 years.” (8) 

Sodium hypochlorite (NaClO) is used as a(n):

  1. Bleaching agent (9)
  2. Strong disinfectant (9)
  3. Powerful disinfectant and cleaning agent for healthcare facilities (10)
  4. Antiseptic that can be used to clean topical wounds (9)
  5. Anti-infective (9)
  6. Mold stain and dental stain remover (11)

Woman using echo clean to clean bathroom

Where Can I Use My Echo Clean ™?

Without Salt

When you do not put salt into the Echo Clean ™, the electrolysis cycle creates an acid with the pH of 5 to 5.5. This acid is safe to use to:

  1. Clean produce
  2. Disinfect children’s toys
  3. Help with skin issues like acne and pink eye

With Salt

When you use salt in your Echo Clean ™, it produces sodium hypochlorite and hypochlorous acid. These acids are effective cleaners that can be used to:

  1. Kill viruses, bacteria, and fungi (12)
  2. Sanitize kitchen surfaces 
  3. Disinfect hospital surfaces
  4. Sterilize bathrooms and toilets
  5. Clean kids toys* 
  6. Sanitize your toothbrush* 

*Make sure to rinse after.

How Do I Buy an Echo Clean ™?

The Echo Clean ™ is available for purchase here on the Synergy Science™ website. Be sure to keep an eye out for upcoming discounts and deals. 

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