What is hypochlorous acid (HOCl)?

August 19, 2020 2 min read

What is hypochlorous acid (HOCl)?

Our Hypurazone and Chloroskyn products contain hypochlorous acid. So what actually is it? It is electronically activated water, meaning, like the water from your tap it is a colourless, odourless aqueous solution, but with a different electrical potential. It is generated from a solution of saltwater and the application of an electrical current. Despite the ‘acid’ in the name, the pH level is between 6.5-7.5, and therefore safely in the neutral category where you would also find drinking water, or a mild citrus juice. Other names for this are:

  • Super oxidised water
  • Electro-chemically activated water
  • Electrolysed oxidising water
  • Neutral electrolysed water

How is it natural and safe?

Hypochlorous acid (HOCI) is made naturally within our white blood cells, and forms part of our immune and healing response. If we get a cut or wound to the skin and our immune system detects any bacteria, virus or fungi, our white blood cells will engulf them, release bactericidal chemicals such as HOCI, which will then destroy the cell membranes and proteins that form that particular pathogen. This acid is very powerful against bacteria, fungi and viruses such as coronaviruses.

This may lead you to believe it is like the bleach kept under the kitchen sink, covered in safety stickers due to it being irritant or toxic; this could not be further from the truth. Bleach, often used in areas of medical practice for cleaning purposes, whilst effective, is highly irritating to eyes, skin and lungs, and inhalation over time has the potential to be carcinogenic. However, HOCl is natural, non-irritating and safe.

The most common hand sanitizers in use currently contain alcohol which can lead to extreme irritation and dermatitis. Chloroskyn, our safe and natural new HOCl sanitiser, is kind, non-drying and does not contain irritants. However, it is still able to give users powerful and more effective protection from pathogens than current alcohol based solutions, including corona viruses.

When you want everyone at home or the workplace to disinfect their hands regularly, you are far more likely to get consistently better engagement and adherence when the product to use is kind to the skin and super effective.

Choose from our natural, effective and safe disinfectants here.

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