Introducing our Electrolyzed Water Disinfectant
Justrite introduces Electrolyzed Water Disinfectant to its range of sanitation and disinfection solutions.
This organic disinfectant kills 99.99% of viruses and bacteria and has been proven to also kill the COVID-19 virus. Due to the acidic pH, it is non-toxic, does not leave residue on environmental surfaces, and is safe for human tissues. The fine mist helps to kill the virus on hands, clothing and shoes without any irritation to eyes or skin and does not damage or bleach clothing.
Electrolyzed Water Disinfectant can be used as sanitizing liquid in the Notrax® 346 Sani-Trax ® sanitizing entrance mats.
Other Justrite brands will also be using Electrolyzed Water Disinfectant in the fight against COVID-19.
Electrolyzed Water Disinfectants are:
- a powerful oxidant that kills 99.99% of bacteria, fungi, and viruses
- has faster reaction rates than household bleach, being approximately 50 to 100 times more effective
- a weak acid similar to a mild citrus juice, therefore non-toxic and do not leave residue on environmental surfaces
- safe for human tissues and is made naturally by white blood cells in all mammals for healing and protection
- is used in healthcare, food safety, water treatment, and general sanitation
Electrolyzed water (sometimes referred to as HOCI or hypochlorous acid) has been used in the medical field for over a century. Before antibiotics were available, electrolyzed water was used to irrigate and disinfect wounds in World War I. The main challenge of using this disinfectant has been keeping it in a stable form for use as a disinfectant. This challenge was overcome in the ’70s and electrolyzed water is now used in hospitals, commercial laundries, swimming pools, cruise ships, water treatment, livestock and even produce sections in grocery stores.
Recent publications on the fight against the COVID-19 virus have also cited Electrolyzed Water as “a Powerful Natural Tool for Killing Bacteria and Viruses”.
Electrolyzed water is non-toxic and non-flammable and therefore does not require hazardous or chemical storage or handling precautions. Nor any special shipping or export requirements.
According to The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), SARS-CoV-2 is believed to spread primarily from person-to-person through airborne respiratory droplets. But it may be possible for the virus to spread on surfaces too. Scientists know that similar respiratory viruses expelled into the air by coughing, breathing, or speaking can settle on surfaces, where they can linger in an active state for days. Although scientists aren’t sure yet how long the novel coronavirus remains active on a surface, one study conducted in a hospital found that similar coronaviruses can persist on hard surfaces like glass, metal, or plastic for up to 9 days (Journal of Hospital Infection 2020). During that time the virus can potentially be spread to anyone touching the surface, and to whatever they touch next.
The CDC recommends regular cleaning of frequently touched surfaces, along with thorough hand washing—both standard practices for helping slow the spread of viruses and bacteria.
Cleaning and disinfecting
Speed is of the essence because high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, countertops, and electronic equipment can easily transmit viral and bacterial diseases. When using electrolyzed water as a surface sanitiser, simply spray on the surface and let it dry or use a sponge to spread it evenly. It does not leave any streaks and dries quickly.
Handwashing and disinfecting
Handwashing remains the No. 1 tip for preventing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). It’s common sense and it works. However, it must be done properly. Common recommendations are to use soap and water or as the next best option an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. However, over time repeated use of alcohol or strong soaps may lead to hand dermatitis.
Electrolyzed water is not a gel like alcohol-based hand sanitisers, it is a liquid. When used as a hand sanitiser it is, therefore, best if it’s sprayed on to the hands in a fine mist. Spray each hand by pumping 2-3 times on the bottle to ensure both hands feel “wet”, then spread the liquid evenly over the hands, ensuring all areas of the hands have been wet. Let your hands air dry, this normally only takes a few seconds.
Electrolyzed water can even be sprayed on your face before the removal of your facemask. The disinfectant does not cause any irritation to eyes, skin or damage or bleaching of clothing.
A research team from the CDC at a hospital in China discovered the virus on floors, computer mice, trash cans, sickbed handrails and doorknobs. What is most revealing in their study is that half of the medical teams’ shoes tested positive for the virus. The CDC concluded at the end of their study that stricter measures should be taken to sanitize footwear.
Most pathogens are killed immediately on-contact. The weak acid hypochlorous solution had excellent microbicidal effects against a broad microbicidal spectrum of standard strains and clinical isolates in a short time. The disinfectant works by using oxidation to take away electrons disrupting the cellular structure of bacteria which basically destroys the cell walls of bacteria and protein coats of viruses, plus its low molecular weight makes if effective in penetrating cell walls and reacts faster where it destroys the DNA and RNA inside of bacteria and viruses – on a cellular level this is what our immune systems do.
In the 2005 International Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, it was reported for “the first time that dilutes solutions of hypochlorous acid, or free chlorine, as low as 200 -- or even 20 -- milligrams per litre will completely inactivate noroviruses on surfaces such as stainless steel and ceramic tile.” More recent tests on SARS and COVID-19.
It has consistently been proven to lower the colony count of microbial pathogens and spoilage organisms by 99.9999%.
Find out more our Electrolyzed Water Disinfectant here.