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Gentle Cleaning Substitutions For Hydrogen Peroxide

Cleaning with Hydrogen Peroxide

Industrial cleaners all but guarantee that they can kill the germs in businesses, hospitals, and restaurants using harsh toxic chemicals. But what if you could also clean your spaces with non-irritating, environmentally friendly products? You can. Hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol have long been named as “cleaners” that work well without all the toxins. These solutions are better to use around kids and pets, on food surfaces, and to kill germs just as effectively as the chemicals you’ve relied on for years. 

However, these products — especially hydrogen peroxide — are harsh on the skin, leaving your hands dry and cracked. They can also leave fabrics discolored and can affect the finish of some surfaces. These solutions may be better left for at-home gardening or treating fungi on the plants. 

So then, just what should you use for your friendlier all-purpose cleaner and disinfectant? Let’s take a look. 

Hydrogen Peroxide Substitute For Disinfecting

First, let’s be clear. Hydrogen peroxide is an effective surface cleaner. If you leave it on a surface for 10-30 minutes and then wipe it off, it will clean and sanitize as well as any chemical, killing up to 99% of the bacteria. You can use it for numerous things, including disinfecting and whitening old porcelain. It kills mold and mildew and extends the shelf life of your vegetables. It’s not a bad item to have around.

But when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting, there is one hydrogen peroxide substitute that wins, and that is hypochlorous acid. It sounds scary when said like that, but is it? The fact is our bodies produce hypochlorous acid!  Outside the body, it is simply a mixture of high-purity salt, soft tap water, and electricity.  For commercial uses, a unique process makes electrolyzed water into a pure disinfectant that can kill both harmful bacteria and viruses, without harming the environment and your skin. 

What is Electrostatic Water?

By definition, electrolysis refers to the use of electricity to split water molecules. This electrical charge can be applied to a mixture of high-purity salt and soft tap water by using an electrochemical cell, producing a solution that has the ability to sanitize and disinfect any surface. This type of chemical, made through electrolysis, works just as well as any other commercial cleaning product, without harsh chemicals or toxins. Electrolysis has been in use since 1830 in applications ranging from extracting minerals in mining operations to making chlorine gas. In recent years, it has garnered more attention with the push for less toxic household and industrial cleaners and disinfectants.


What is Hypochlorous Acid?

Hypochlorous acid (HOCl) is a naturally occurring chemical produced by the body’s white blood cells, providing your body with a line of defense against germs. Its purpose is to fight bacteria and inflammation and kill viruses and other pathogens. This same acid is created through an electrochemical cell for commercial cleaning products by passing electricity through this same solution of high-purity salt and soft tap water. 

Does This Create a Disinfectant That Works?

Yes. Natural disinfectants created in this manner have proven to be just as effective as the harsh chemicals you use today. In fact,  Pathonex disinfectant was approved by the EPA to be added to List N to be used to kill SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. It kills 99.9% of all bacteria and viruses when used as directed. Yet, it requires no gloves or masks when using the product. It’s non-irritating to skin and eyes and friendly for mother earth. The Pathopure Cleaner and Pathonex Disinfectant combination is perfect for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces in a reliable, effective manner. 

We are all looking for safer ways to clean our surfaces, and in the wake of the pandemic, we all understand the value and importance of cleaning effectively. When you can combine non-irritating, environmentally friendly products with the industrial strength needed to properly disinfect, you can rest easy knowing that you are cleaning the right way.  Contact PathoSans Direct for more information on how electrochemically activated solutions can benefit your business.

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