What is Hypochlorous Acid?
Hypochlorous acid was discovered 189 years ago in 1834 by the French chemist Antoine Jérôme Balard (1802–1876) by adding a dilute suspension of mercuric oxide in water to a flask of chlorine gas.
Common names for HOCl:
Super-oxidized water (SOW)
Electro-chemically Activated Water (ECA)
Electrolyzed Oxidizing Water (EOW)
Electrolytically Generated Hypochlorous Acid
Neutral Electrolyzed Water (NEW)
So what is it?
HOCl is a dilute aqueous chlorine solution with a mildly acidic pH ranging between 5 and 6.5 (skin neutral).
All human beings and animals use blood as their life support system. HOCl is generated within the white blood cells that form a major part of the immune system. It is triggered into action when the body is attacked by the threat of infection. Therefore it can be used clinically to treat medical conditions.
HOCl is a non-toxic. It can be used as sterilising fluid to remove human pathogens from drinking water wherever such contamination is a problem.
HOCl can be used as a surface sterilant, thereby providing the means by which low standards of hygiene in badly affected areas can be raised.
HOCl can be simply and cost-effectively manufactured in the home.
HOCL is an oxyacid of chlorine that is a weak acid that exists only in solution but it is unstable, therefore, to achieve a potential of 3 month shelf-life, keep HOCl solutions in lightproof containers.