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Hypochlorous acid (HOCl or HClO)

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What is Hypochlorous acid (HOCl or HClO)

Below is an extract from Wikipedia on the subject of hypochlorous acid

HCIO cell 275x295 1“Hypochlorous acid (HOCl or HClO) is a weak acid that forms when chlorine dissolves in water, and itself partially dissociates, forming hypochlorite, ClO−. HClO and ClO− are oxidizers and the primary disinfection agents of chlorine solutions. HClO cannot be isolated from these solutions due to rapid equilibration with its precursor. Sodium hypochlorite (NaClO) and calcium hypochlorite (Ca(ClO)2), are bleaches, deodorants, and disinfectants.

Hypochlorous acid is found naturally in white blood cells of mammals, of course including the human body, it is non-toxic and has been used as a safe wound care solution for many years.

When dissolved in water, hypochlorous acid water has found to have strong disinfection properties, combined with its non-toxicity characteristics, it has been identified as an ideal cleaning agent and sanitiser. It has been identified by the US Environmental Protection Agency as a disinfectant effective against… (find out what) …backed by clinical studies.

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Safety

HOCl is classified as Non-Hazardous by the Environmental Protection Agency in the US. As any oxidising agent it can be corrosive or irritant depending on its concentration and pH. In a clinical test, hypochlorous acid water was tested for eye irritation, skin irritation, and toxicity, they concluded that it is non-toxic, nonirritating to eye and skin.

 

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