The Science

All Hypochlorous Solutions are Not Created Equal

Setting the Standard

Born out of necessity, The Hypochlorous Company manufacturers the highest standard in HOCl. Our patented and innovative technologies allow us to offer the purest formulations for any industry or application. We believe Hypochlorous needs to be available universally to rid the world of toxic chemicals. With the killing power of Hypochlorous we set the standard for shelf life, kill time, certifications, and accessibility.

What is Hypochlorous?

Hypochlorous acid is a weak acid that is naturally produced by the human body as a part of the immune system. It is created by white blood cells and is used to kill bacteria and other pathogens that can cause infections. It is also used in disinfectants and cleaning products as a way to kill germs and bacteria on surfaces.

How Does Hypochlorous Work?

Hypochlorous acid works by disrupting the cell walls of bacteria and other microorganisms, which causes them to die. It does this through a process called oxidation, which involves the transfer of electrons from one molecule to another. When hypochlorous acid comes into contact with bacteria or other microorganisms, it donates electrons to them, which causes their cell walls to become damaged and eventually leads to their death. This makes it an effective disinfectant and can help to prevent the spread of illness.

Why Haven’t I heard of Hypochlorous?

Hypochlorous acid has historically been expensive to make, unstable, and inconsistent. Through our patented technologies we have been able to stabilize the molecule for longer shelf life, continuous efficacy, and affordable pricing.

pH & Stability Importance

The Importance of pH

Hypochlorous acid is a weak acid, less acidic than other organic substances such as orange juice or even a ripe banana.

The term “weak acid” means that when dissolved in water the molecule can partially dissociate into a positively charged Hydronium ion (H3O+) and a negatively charged Hypochlorite ion (OCl–). The degree of dissociation is a function of the pH of the solution. The Hypochlorous molecule is most effective and is the safest when it has the lowest amount of dissociation at a pH of between 5.4 and 6.0.

effectiveness of hypochlorous solution

The hypochlorous solution rapidly loses effectiveness if the pH of the solution is too low or too high. If the pH is too low the hypochlorous molecule is transformed back to the chlorine molecule and can form chlorine gas. If the pH is too high, the hypochlorous molecule dissociates into the Hypochlorite molecule, which is ineffective as a cleaner and disinfectant and can begin to cause damage to surfaces and health.

providing superlative pH control

In summary, pH control is of critical importance. Hypochlorous™ Solutions and Systems have been formulated and designed to provide superlative pH control — the best in the industry. For our systems we even formulate different Hypochlorous Additives to consider the pH and alkalinity of the water source used to make the Hypochlorous™ Solution.

Our hypochlorous advantage

In contrast, other systems, such as hypochlorous system made in China and distributed in North America, do not take pH into account. Because the pH of the source water used to make the product can vary significantly from one municipality to another, the quality of the resultant hypochlorous solution made with that source water can vary widely. So the hypochlorous made by such systems without pH control can, and likely is, outside of the optimal pH range and will not be very effective as a cleaner and disinfectant.

The Importance of Stability (Product Shelf Life)

The stability or shelf life of hypochlorous solution is affected by several factors, including exposure to ultraviolet light, the purity of the source water and ingredients, and the natural chemicals used to stabilize the pH and longevity of the solution.

Hypochlorous solutions that do not control these factors could have a shelf life of mere days or even hours.

Hypochlorous products and systems made by The Hypochlorous Company or generated by our Hypochlorous™ At-Home/Onsite Stations control all these factors.

Our hypochlorous advantage

Products are stored in opaque bottles to block out sunlight, and label directions call for the products to be stored in a dark closet at room temperature.

Assuring minor impurities do not accelerate the reversion.

The Hypochlorous Company uses a unique set of specialized, purified ingredients that are not available to the public, to assure that minor impurities do not accelerate the reversion of the Hypochlorous solution back to its dilute saltwater state. And finally, The Hypochlorous Company judiciously uses important stabilizers to assure the stability of the solution pH and to extent the shelf life of our products.

EPA Tested under extreme conditions

Comprehensive studies conducted by EPA laboratories under extreme temperature conditions have confirmed that the Hypochlorous™ Solutions produced by The Hypochlorous Company have a minimum shelf life of four months. Under normal, room temperature conditions, the shelf life is normally between six and ten months.

Appropriately defined shelf life

One last word on stability and shelf life. Some competitors have defined shelf life in such a way that they can start with a solution concentration at 600 parts per million (ppm) and then let it degrade over a year or two to a solution concentration of 200 ppm, and then declare that they have a shelf life of two years, because the solution has not degraded below 200 ppm.

scientific validation Hypochlorous™ actually works!

There are many sources that you can reference to validate the effectiveness of Hypochlorous in many applications. We have compiled a number of these sources for your easy reference.

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