The demand for environment-friendly and sustainable products are foremost considerations in what manufacturers develop as new innovations to introduce to consumers. Today, products and services must contain, or make use of natural ingredients. Moreover the term chemical has negative implications as this could denote toxicity of ingredients. Yet an acid called Hypochlorous (HOCl) emerged in the antibacterial market in recent years and it became the standard for a chemical component of a solution.
Safety and toxin-free is important when it comes to cleaners, disinfectants and detergents. Hypochlorous (HOCl) checked all the boxes that specified the qualities of an environment-friendly and sustainable synthetically produced chemical.
What Exactly is Hypochlorous (HOCl)?
Hypochlorous acid is actually a type of natural acid that the body produces as one of the chemicals reinforcing the body’s immune system.
When working as an antibacterial agent in the immune system, HOCl acid has high oxidation capabilities. It can quickly penetrate bacterial cell walls and kill affected pathogens in a matter of seconds. Fortunately, this acid has neutral charges, allowing it to act like a magnet to the majority of the negatively charged harmful microorganisms that invade the body.
However, hypochlorous acid in its original state is mere salt water, to which it reverts if the HOCl produced remains unabsorbed. Apparently, salt water converted into HOCl has a short life span.
How is the HOCl acid produced outside of the body? Actually, a machine was invented solely for the purpose of producing HOCl for its effective and cost-efficient use as an antibacterial ingredient. The machine mixes chlorine compounds in water inside an air-free environment until the mixing process separates the proton (H+) and a compound called hypochlorite anion (OCl−) to produce air-free hypochlorous acid.
The machine produces a stabilized HOCl acid solution made of 0.9% saline with a pH ranging between 3.5 and 4.0ion.
WHO Endorses the Use of Hypochlorous Acid
The World Health Organization published a statement supporting applications and solutions that include the air-free or aqueous hypochlorous acid, in light of its bactericidal capabilities as a chemical ingredient that treats infection. As a matter of fact the case for its use as an ingredient of ophthalmic spray has been proven effective in its application as treatment for eye infections.
In recent years, its latest application is, as an active ingredient of an active skin repair that provides quick and instant relief for minor injuries likem scars, bruises, scrapes, sunburn and burns