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.
- 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 one – https://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.
2) Firefighters using it on equipment and medical devices to kill viruses in seconds!