THE SCIENCE BEHIND NEUTRA-LYZE'S EFFECTIVENESS
Neutra-Lyze is effective because of the hypochlorous acid present in the solution. Hypochlorous acid is naturally produced by the human body to fight microbes. Hypochlorous acid also is the prime disinfectant ingredient in chlorine-based disinfectants, like bleach. However, bleach can have harmful side effects. Neutra-Lyze extracted only the microbe destroying agent in chlorine-based disinfectants, as it is naturally produced in the human body. Neutra-Lyze is effective at destroying microbes and is harmless to humans and warm-blooded animals.
In order to maximize the effectiveness of the hypochlorous acid, Envirowise Solutions produces Neutra-Lyze with a pH between 6 - 7. As seen in the graph below, when the anolyte water is produced at such a neutral or slight acidic state, hypochlorous acid mainly is present.
If we were to produce the anolyte solution at a more acidic pH, closer to 2.0, then more chlorine gas would be present. Chlorine gas is toxic and needs to be added to water to form the disinfecting agent. When chlorine gas is added to water, the risk of THM’s are also present, which pose a threat. Along with more risks to the manufacturer and user of this anolyte solution, lower pH anolyte solutions are corrosive, while near-neutral pH anolyte solutions are not corrosive.
If we were to produce the anolyte solution at a more basic pH, closer to 10.0, there would be more sodium hypochlorite than hypochlorous acid. Sodium hypochlorite is the main ingredient in bleach. While sodium hypochlorite does disinfect, it requires more strength and careful handling than hypochlorous acid.
The production of Neutra-Lyze allows us to maximize the effectiveness of hypochlorous acid.
Why is HOCl more efficient at killing pathogens?
Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl) vs. Sodium Hypochlorite
Hypochlorite ion carries a negative electrical charge, while hypochlorous acid carries no electrical charge. The hypochlorous acid moves quickly, able to oxidize the bacteria in a matter of seconds, while the hypochlorite ion might take up to a half hour to do the same. Germ surfaces carry a negative electrical charge which results in a repulsion of the negatively charged hypochlorite ion to the area of the germ surfaces, making hypochlorite ion less effective at killing germs. The ratio of the two compounds is determined by the relative acidity (pH) of the water. Water treatment specialists can adjust the pH level to make hypochlorous acid more dominate, as it is more efficient at killing bacteria. The hypochlorous acid's lack of electrical charge allows it to more efficiently penetrate the protective barriers surrounding germs.
HOCl: Real Science in the Human Body
Harmful pathogens, such as bacteria, spores and viruses, can be found all around us – in the air, on food, plants, animals, and on inanimate surfaces. The human body uses innate, non-specific mechanisms as the first line of defense against pathogens, infection and injury. The skin itself, and mucous secretions at epithelial membranes, are both important elements of the innate resistance response. But when these are breached, HOCl is immediately generated by the body in response as the key chemical component of innate immunity.
History of HypochlorousI
As an antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal that is safe for all mucosal contact, HOCl hurries healing, works to mitigate scarring, to clear a myriad of skin issues and conditions, can be misted to permeate small crevices for effective odor control and sanitation, and a review of HOCl attributes will show the following citations:
reduces skin aging
makes blood clot in wounds
causes ﬁbrinogen oxidation, leads to ﬁrmer clots and longer clot lysis period
stimulates immunity to germs
produces powerful local stimulants of wound healing and germ killing
makes new skin cells grow over wounds and reorganizes scar ﬁbers
leads to long lasting local effects in the body
While the 100 year history of Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl) has provided indisputable evidence of its efﬁcacy in healing and use in disinfection, and over 500 peer-reviewed, published papers universally document signiﬁcant beneﬁcial results, the widespread use of HOCl has remained fairly stagnant, and the primary limiting factor to broad adoption of this important technology, historically, has been due to its lack of stability.
With that knowledge, and the bottom-line mission to fundamentally change the discussion of health, healing and disinfection around the world, Envirowise Solutions dove into all things HOCl — science, technology, equipment, properties and production. Through nine years of research, Envirowise has brought HOCl technology to the forefront through trade-secret developments in properties and production which have been documented and published as scientific breakthroughs in both efﬁcacy and stability.
How is HOCl made? - History of Electrolysis
Michael Faraday founded the laws of electrolysis and it became commercially available in the 1870s.
Generating HOCl from the electro-chemical activation (ECA) of salt water was developed in the 1970s.
Early ECA technology used membranes to force saltwater into two solutions of HOCl and NaOH.
In the 1980s, single stream systems were developed that produced one solution of HOCl without byproduct.
In recent, single stream systems have been innovated to last longer and generate more stable solutions.
HOW WE MAKE HOCL
Furthering the development of Electro-Chemical Activated (ECA) Technology, Envirowise Solutions has scientiﬁcally engineered a process to mass-produce Hypochlorous products that are highly-effective. The ECA formulations that Envirowise produces are superior in purity and have been proven to maintain electrical efﬁcacy beyond known barriers. In this stable form, these electrically active HOCl solutions maintain efﬁcacy and power to inﬂuence many biochemical events in human and animal tissues, and in microbes.
Under strict quality-control procedures, we use water (H2O) and salt (NaCl) to create a specific brine solution, and then pass the brine through a proprietary, electrolytic chamber. The ﬁnished Hypochlorous Acid is a weak acid solution with powerful beneﬁts.
Throughout the world, commercial industries such as hospitality, janitorial, food and water processing, agricultural, animal husbandry, and health and public safety have adopted Envirowise’s Technology for use, eliminating the need for harmful, toxic chemicals.
Want to learn more about the chemistry behind HOCl?
Hypochlorous acid (HOCl) is a weak acid produced by the immune system of all mammals for host defence and healing. HOCl can also be produced through electrolysis, a process that involves passing a solution of salt and water through an electrolyzed cell. HOCl has been proven to be a powerful antioxidant against various species of bacteria, fungi and viruses (see below for publications).
Unlike chlorine bleach, hypochlorous acid is safe, biodegradable, organic, non-toxic, and non-irritant. It is a rinse free, ready to use antimicrobial and requires no PPE. It is safe to use around children and pets because there are no harmful chemicals. It is an environmentally friendly and biodegradable disinfectant.
Hypochlorous acid has widespread applications across various industries including healthcare (medical, dental, etc.), food safety, agriculture, hospitality, transportation and water treatment.
Please see the Research & Studies link to published literature discussing the effects of HOCl.