What is Hypochlorous Acid (HOCI)?

When saltwater is electrolyzed, it produces an anolyte solution that consists of >99.3% water, chloride salt and Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl). HOCl is a naturally occurring chemical that is produced by our neutrophils, or white blood cells, to fight bacteria and inflammation after an infection or trauma. HOCl provides a unique power to eradicate dangerous organisms while not causing harm to our cells. HOCl is one of the only agents that is both nontoxic to the delicate cells that can heal our wounds while being lethal to almost all known dangerous bacteria and viruses that threaten our health.

Why isn’t Hypochlorous Acid everywhere?

The overwhelming impediment to its widespread use has been a lack of shelf stability. HOCl is the most reactive ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species). This means it reacts very easily and will quickly turn back into saltwater. HOCl solutions have been used for over 100 years. In the early 1900's during the World Wars, HOCl solutions were used for disinfecting medical equipment and dressing wounds. However, until recently, HOCl solutions would only remain stable for about 90 minutes before turning back into saltwater.

What has changed?

HOCl is now manufactured in a way that allows the solution to be stable for much longer than previously available. This has allowed for the product to be carefully bottled and made available across the world. Although producing HOCl solutions is not challenging, stabilizing the solution is very difficult. In fact, at Pure&Clean our quality ingredients and unique process produce an unmatched product. This is proven by our HOCl industry-best 24-month (not impacted by opening) FDA cleared shelf life on all of our FDA cleared products. Furthermore, we do not add unnecessary ingredients to stabilize or preserve our product stability. The Pure&Clean solution is so stable that we are able to provide a very unique and rare HOCl Hydrogel product - which proves to have a massive impact across a number of medical applications


How long has hypochlorous acid been around?

Hypochlorous acid (HOCl) has been around since humans have been around. In fact, our white blood cells use HOCl to fight infection in the process known as phagocytosis (“fay-go-site-osis”). Click Here to learn about that process…

How does Annihilyte (the Disinfectant) compare to chlorine bleach?

Chlorine bleach uses a chlorine-based killing agent, just like Hypochlorous acid. However, bleach is in the form of sodium-hypochlorite – resulting in much more concentration of chlorine and a higher pH range of 12-13. Our hypochlorous acid solution is at a pH range of 6.5-7.1, which in the same range as water/milk. Because of this benign pH level, germs happily invite our solution in and the HOCl destroys the germ. Another difference is that once chlorine bleach is mixed in water, it has a 24-hour shelf life. Our product lasts for 30 days at full-strength.

How does Catholyte FREE (the Cleaner) compare to other cleaners/degreasers?

Catholyte FREE’s active ingredient is Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) and is the natural by-product of the hypochlorous process. NaOH is the same as lye (the dry, pure form) and is widely used in most floor cleaning machines, as well as carpet extractors. Most cleaner/degreasers add surfactants (soaps) in their products. The residues left behind only lead to a food source for more germs to come back. Catholyte FREE is a “self-surfactant” by turning the dirt and oil into soap – leaving no residue behind. The technical term is called “Saponification”. Click here to learn more!

Do I have to use both products?

No, but we highly recommend it. Annihilyte can be used as both a general-purpose cleaner and a disinfectant. Catholyte is really good for oily soil loads on surfaces. What we insist on is that you clean and sanitize/disinfect in (2) steps. “You can’t disinfect a dirty surface”. 

I’ve been using traditional chemicals for years, why should I stop now?

Asbestos and lead paint were a good idea at one point. With the documented increase of health concerns and direct links between performance and indoor air-quality – we feel traditional disinfectants and cleaners will be subject to the next wave of class-action targets. Let’s get the poison out!

So your product is EPA registered – what does that mean?

Our Tuberculocidal disinfectant is EPA registered, meaning it went through the same rigorous testing as every other disinfectant on the market.

What does Green Seal™ certification mean?

Green Seal™ is a remarkable, globally recognized 3rd party agency that was founded in 1989. Their main concern is to increase awareness of quality environmental products and to thoroughly investigate the performance of “Green” solutions. 

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