The Science Behind Electrolyzed Water

The Science Behind Electrolyzed Water

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Electro… What? Many people haven’t heard of electrolyzed water but it’s a simple technology that uses electricity to change the chemical structure of salt and water into a cleaner or disinfectant as effective as bleach, but with no harmful chemicals.

What is Electrolyzed Water?

Who’d have thought electricity could turn simple ingredients into something so powerful? You may be surprised to know that it’s gentle, commonly used in wound healing and veterinary care products. And because it’s so effective at cleaning and disinfecting without harmful residue, it’s also used in food applications.

How is Electrolyzed Water Made?

Think back to middle school – minus the acne and braces and just focus on chemistry class. The process starts with the correct concentrations of salt and water. Friendly reminder that the salt molecule is made up of the elements sodium and chloride (NaCl) and a water molecule is made up of hydrogen and oxygen (H2O). When an electrical current is applied to the solution, the molecules break apart and the elements form two new molecules, NaOH (a common detergent found in toothpaste) and HOCl (a natural disinfectant).

Fun Fact: Hypochlorous acid of HOCl is the same substance your immune system produces to fight infection and is also used as a powerful wound care agent.


Why Am I Just Now Hearing About This?

The technology has been around for years, but today, electrolyzed water is gaining momentum in acceptance for use at commercial facilities as well as in the regulatory community. Electrolyzed water is recognized as a disinfecting by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Centers for Disease Control and listed for use in food processing by the Federal Drug Administration. As the technol0gy has become accepted by the facility management and regulatory communities, it has become more widely available, in part, as a component of a welcomed trend toward green facility management solutions.


Electrolyzed water combines environmental and occupational safety benefits, affordability, and the powerful cleaning and disinfecting solutions that every facility needs. The technology is simply a great way to increase the “green” of a facility cleaning and disinfecting regimen. Electrolyzed water is eco-friendly and safe for use in a myriad of facility types and applications, from healthcare facilities to food production. With electrolyzed water, going green means adding to the bottom line of both the facility fiscal and environmental budgets.

To learn more about electrolyzed water and how it can improve your company’s bottom line while promoting sustainability, contact us today.

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