What is Envirocleanse-A?
Envirocleanse-A is an anolyte water solution made through electrochemical activation. Our electrochemical activation takes a brine water, sends it through Envirocleanse’s membrane and adds electricity. This reaction causes the salt water to be separated into an anolyte solution and a catholyte solution.
The anolyte solution is made up mostly of hypochlorous acid (HOCl) and water. The hypochlorous acid acts as a disinfectant and is the same chemical produced in our own bodies by white bloods cells to attack pathogens. The catholyte solution is made up of mostly sodium hydroxide (NaOH) and water. Sodium hydroxide is commonly used in detergents, soaps and degreasers.
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The anolyte solution, known as Envirocleanse-A (ECA), replaces chlorine disinfectants and other oxidizing disinfectants. Because ECA is made up of naturally occurring substances, the EPA has given ECA the lowest possible toxicity rating. Along with being non-toxic, ECA also is non-corrosive, non-flammable, sustainable and ready to use out of the bottle. Storage and spilling are not an issue since there are no harsh chemicals. ECA naturally breaks down back into a salt water solution after degrading which is harmless to the environment, humans and other warm-blooded animals.
ECA can be used in the oil and gas field, healthcare, food services, janitorial services, water reclamation, cruise lines, livestock and poultry, child care centers and gyms. There are many applications, uses and industries beyond those listed. ECA’s lack of toxicity makes it completely harmless and environmentally friendly, while its content allows ECA to be effective in antimicrobial care.
Why is Envirocleanse-A so effective?
Envirocleanse-A (ECA) is effective because of the hypochlorous acid present in the solution. As mentioned above, 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. Chlorine-based disinfectants are the most effective at destroying bacteria on the market today, but have harmful side effects. ECA extracted only the microbe destroying agent in chlorine-based disinfectants as it is naturally produced in the human body. ECA is effective at destroying microbes and harmless to humans and warm-blooded animals.
In order to maximize the effectiveness of the hypochlorous acid, Envirocleanse produces ECA 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 also are 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 Envirocleanse-A allows us to maximize the effectiveness of hypochlorous acid. Look at the chart below and see why hypochlorous acid is the most effective antimicrobial agent.
How does Envirocleanse-A stack up against other disinfectants?