Hypochlorous Acid – the best sanitizer you may never have heard of – how to make your own

Hypochlorous Acid (HOCI) is nature’s oldest disinfectant and sanitizer, and interestingly, right now it’s walking around in about 7.5 billion people. Yes, that includes you!

Hypochlorous Acid is a substance your neutrophils (white blood cells) produce all the time and which are the first to arrive on the site when an invading pathogen is detected. Your white blood cells will chase down and engulf the pathogen through phagocytosis. Upon contact, neutrophils release a burst of bactericidal chemicals including its most powerful oxidizing agent: Hypochlorous Acid. This kills the pathogen by tearing down its cell membranes and proteins. Hypochlorous Acid is the perfect weapon to fight germs. It hits hard against pathogens like Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus and Pseudomonas Aeruginosa.

The knowledge that white blood cells contained a substance with this ability is not a new discovery. Early attempts of replicating sanitizing Hypochlorous Acid in laboratories using electricity to charge and change the chemical structure of water and salt began in the early 1900’s just in time for the horrors of World War 1 when it was used for wound irrigation and healing, and equipment sterilization. The problem was that with the technology of the day it couldn’t be stabilized, so after 90 minutes or so the fluid would revert to saltwater.

The good news is that modern scientists and chemists have created machines that can make can electrolyze salt and water to create Hypochlorous Acid which stays stable to effectively kill viruses, bacteria, and to sterilize and heal wounds. And its cost effective! You can now create your own right on your kitchen countertop. All you need is a machine (and we have a recommendation for one), Kosher salt and water.

Better than bleach: Bleach is widely used in hospitals and medical practices and shares the same chlorine family as Hypochlorous Acid. 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, Hypochlorous Acid has a temporary and mild chlorine smell that dissipates quickly, it is non-irritating, and it does not have poisonous side effects.

Better than alcohol: Alcohol is a popular disinfectant in clinics for wiping down instruments, furniture, and is a key ingredient in hand sanitizers. Ethyl alcohol (70%) is considered by some to be more effective compared to isopropyl alcohol. Both are bactericidal, fungicidal, and viricidal BUT are not effective against bacterial spores.

Hand sanitizers with alcohol are used daily in many medical offices, but over time repeated use may lead to hand dermatitis. Many daily users become allergic to hand sanitizers after several months. Such reactions are extremely irritating and embarrassing and can take months to resolve. In one study, the prevalence of contact dermatitis related to hand hygiene ranged from 25 to 55 percent. Fortunately, Hypochlorous Acid can also be used in place of hand sanitizer with no irritating side effects. Moreover, the punch it delivers to pathogens is more powerful than the one delivered by alcohol.

We heard about Hypochlorous Acid the night of the day that California’s Shelter In Place took effect when our house-call veterinarian, Dr. Sarah Brown paid one of our cats a visit. While all of us (excluding Clifford the cat) were decked out in gloves and masks we talked about a range of topics including various ways to stop/kill a coronavirus. Being quite a science nerd, Dr. Sarah told us about Hypochlorous Acid and the machine she bought for home use. She carries spray bottles of various sizes, for various uses, in her vehicle. She gave me a gallon jug of it as a gift and I love it.

Hypochlorous Acid:

  • Kills COVID-19
  • Used in hospitals in the US and Japan
  • Safe around all animals, babies, people of any age with any health condition
  • Allergen free
  • No fumes
  • No residues which need rinsing off – just spray it and leave it!
  • “Nature Made” Green, nontoxic
  • Speeds up wound healing
  • Used as an eye wash – ophthalmologists use it!
  • Sanitize entire house, office, laundry room, patio, car
  • Doorknobs, handles, drawers, closet doors
  • Refrigerators, washing machines, kitchen gadgets
  • Floors, walls, windowsills
  • Kills biofilm
  • Soak produce and greens
  • Approved by the USDA for “organic” farming uses!

Some of Auntie Cat Faerie’s favorite uses:

  • Spray face mask while it’s on your face when outside every 20 or 30 minutes to kill anything which may have landed on it
  • When you get home spray the front and back of an N95 mask which is not washable and hang it to dry
  • Spray hands and forearms
  • Spray on shoes starting with the soles and let dry by the front door or in the garage
  • Sprayed on shipping boxes when they leave Cat Faeries
  • Spray boxes and mail that have been delivered
  • Kills biofilm (we’ve written about biofilms before and how bad they are as harbors of disease, bacteria, and parasites)
  • CAT BOXES! And the floor around them (Rinse cat boxes first to remove urine/ammonia)

CAUTION! DO NOT USE HYPOCHLOROUS ACID (HOCL) ON OR WITH OTHER HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS OR SOLVENTS AS SERIOUS CHEMICAL REACTIONS COULD OCCUR

Make Hypochlorous Acid in your own kitchen in 3 minutes!

You can find pre-made bottles of Hypochlorous Acid for sale online but we caution against them as it is unknown how they were made or by who, and if they are truly stable/effective. There are machines that allow you to make your own and you’ll see a variety of machines for sale online but again, we are cautious, especially of the cheap ones (under $50).

We bought this onehttps://store.ecoloxtech.com/ecoone – because it’s the one Dr. Sarah uses and we know how obsessively she researched it. Here’s a brief video about how it quick and easy it works. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDK9vb8zrE4

Here are two very brief and very impressive videos:

1) How a dental office uses Hypochlorous Acid, as well as how they use masks to protect themselves – excellent video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3Iethr6hcA

2) Firefighters using it on equipment and medical devices to kill viruses in seconds!
https://hocl.healthcare/tulsa-firefighters-using-hypochlorous-acid/

 
 
 
 

Financial Aid Support for Animals by State!

It breaks our hearts to hear that many animals are being surrendered during this time because of the financial strain. No one should have to give up something as precious as their furry companions. There is help and Cat Faeries took some time to track down some resources for you!

Everyone’s favorite, Best Friends in Kenab Utah has once again come to the rescue! This link will take you to a page on their website where you can research financial aid to care for your cats or other animal family members if you are needing it.

https://resources.bestfriends.org/article/financial-aid-pets

Another great organization is called Red Rover. Red Rover staff and volunteers provide temporary emergency sheltering, resources, financial assistance, and emotional support when animals and people are in crisis. They also work with educators to help children develop empathy and awareness of animals’ well-being and increase awareness about the importance of the human-animal bond.

https://redrover.org/

This website lists various grants and assistance for animals with specific illnesses or diseases (some of the links don’t work):

http://www.keepyourpet.com/vet-care-assistance/

And because the Bay Area is our neck of the woods here are resources for the SF Bay Area. Thank you, Cheryl Schwartz, DVM and Friend of Cat Faeries for compiling this and being at the forefront of care and compassion, as you always are!

LOCATIONS: Drop-Off/Pick Up sites for 6 Bay Area Counties to pick up cat and dog food.

Alameda County. DONATE – Mail delivery only to Friends of Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS) 1590 Fortmann Way Alameda CA 94501. PICK UP – Sat. 10:00a.m. – 12 p.m. at same location. (510) 337 8565 for additional information

San Mateo County. DONATE Drop at door or ship to Peninsula-Humane Society & SPCA 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame, CA 94010. PICK-UP – Call first to register at 650 988 5280 for Pet Food Bank.

Marin County. DONATE Marin Humane.org website. Go to the Donate page, then Pet Care Assistance Program to donate cat or dog food. “Gift to Ritter Center”. PICK UP Ritter Center 16 Ritter St. San Rafael, CA 94901 M-W-F-10-12 AM, 1-3 PM. SAN Joaquin County DONATE & PICK UP. Salvation Army 1305 E. Weber Ave. Stockton, CA. Mon-Fri 9-12, 1-3 PM

Santa Clara County. DONATE & PICK UP. San Jose Animal Care Center 2750 Monterey Rd. CA 95111 Attn: Lorrance Gomez 7 days 7AM -7PM

Contra Costa-Solano County. DONATE – CCHS 171 Mayhew Way Suite 101 Pleasant Hill CA 94523. Tues, Thurs 1-5 p.m. PICK UP – Call (925) 676-7543 or email info@foodbankccs.org for Food Bank registration, locations, and hours.

San Francisco County. DONATE – The Animal Connection – 2550 Judah St. San Francisco, CA 94122 PICK UP – Email info@animalconnectionsf.net for appointment

This link has more Bay Area resources AND A LINK TO A NATIONAL SERVICE

https://badrapconnect.org/resources/

Other ways to find assistance

Being a good internet hunter/gather of information can unearth many treasures. Play around with words and phrases to find what you are looking for. Start with words like the name of your city or county, then add words like financial aid, disaster relief aid, veterinary aid for cats, free cat food during disasters and so on. Try fresh words and try rearranging them until you find what you need. Last year we stopped using Google because they store your searches – we are using www.ecosia.org instead.

Perhaps your local animal supply store can ask their distributors to donate any cat food or other supplies that have old expiration dates – the foods could still be viable and safe.

If you are one of the fortunate ones whose health is vibrant and who are secure financially and if you can donate to any of the organizations, please do! They need both money and supplies. Cat Faeries donates regularly as we have done historically in a time of serious need.

Would you like to donate Cat Faeries items to an animal organization or a friend who is suffering? It’s so easy. Place the order. Put your name and information in Bill To and put the name of the organization with the address in Ship To. If you wish us to include a note or request for a tax form for your donation use COMMENTS to tell us and we’ll do the rest at no extra charge – it is our pleasure to be of service.