Electrolysis-based Sanitization: The Power of Water, Salt and Electricity Unleashed

Jun 4, 2022 11:00 PM ET

Electrolysis is an innovative, yet simple, process that produces a powerful sanitizer. Although there’s advanced technology involved in commercializing electrolysis, the process of electrolyzing water is simple: It uses tap water and salt (sodium chloride), and processes that solution with a burst of electricity. The result is the production of Electrolyzed Oxidizing Water (EOW) – commonly called hypochlorous acid (HOCI). EOW is a powerful sanitizer that has no harmful chemicals or additives – just simple products used by everyone daily. That’s why more conscientious businesses are turning to electrolyzed water cleaner as their go-to sanitizing agent.

Self Help Electrolysis-Making

It used to be that, when you needed a sanitizer, you’d typically order it online, or you’d go to the nearest shopping mall and pick some up. For even small and mid-sized businesses, the cost of purchasing, transporting, stocking, and monitoring their consumption of sanitizers is a costly overhead. The same is also true for residential consumers of sanitizing products, with a large family requiring several bottles or cans of sanitizer per week. The cost adds up!




Advances in electrolyzed water generator technology have now made it cost-effective for residential, commercial, and industrial users, that rely on a steady supply of sanitizers.  And along with cost-control, these machines also deliver a convenience factor that replaces the stress of restocking, stock-outs and supply shortages. These HOCL machines, some of which are no larger than an electric kettle or home coffee-maker, can produce unlimited supply of EOW that families and businesses can use without stressing about supply shortages.


Talking Technical

EOW machines, whether residential or commercial models, are ideal for cleaning and sanitation purposes, and are even highly effective for water disinfection applications. They generate neutral-to-acidic electrolyzed water (anolyte) made up largely of the free chlorine molecule hypochlorite acid (HOCl). This turns the resulting electrolyzed water cleaner into a potent oxidant. 

Electrolysis uses a solution of ions (salt and tap water), and applies direct electric current (DC) to it, through a pair of electrodes. This changes the oxidation-reduction potential of the solution, turning it into a sanitizing agent more powerful than Chlorine Bleach. As an added advantage, the resulting EOW is safe to use for any application. It is even food-safe, and can safely be used on all touch surfaces. Unlike Bleach, there is no fear of chemical burns, eye irritation, inhalation risks or allergic reaction either.


Quality Matters

The quality of the EOW produced depends on the engineering effectiveness of the HOCL machine used to produce it. Though there are many brands and models of these machines available, a high quality electrolyzed water generator stands out for its design, construction and components used in building it. Some of the variables that determine that quality include factors such as the electrolysis cells used, the additives’ chemistry, and the software settings used in the EOW generating machine.

It takes precision engineering, and lots of testing and experimentation to produce a high-quality, on-premises sanitizer making machine. And finally, it also takes striking the right formula for the solution, and determining accurate voltage, amperage, and flow rates to produce the optimal sanitizer. Without that experience and know-how, EOW machines will likely produce in-effective sanitizers and disinfectants that are nothing more than saline solutions!

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