In the British Dental Journal (published 13 April 2018) hypochlorous acid (HOCL) is recognised as:
Nature’s own powerful non-toxic disinfectant!
Hypochlorous Acid is one of the most natural and effective known biocides known to man. It eradicates all bacteria, mycobacteria, spores, fungi, viruses – even the tough Clostridium difficile – within 15 seconds.
It disinfects 200 to 300 times better than bleach and is 100% safe.
Hypochlorous acid oxidises (explodes) the cell wall of all pathogens causing necrosis (rupturing of the cell) or apoptosis (programmed cell death) and destroys them.
Though viruses are not technically living organisms, they too are destroyed by hypochlorous acid.
Despite this destructive potential, our bodies use this defence throughout life.
Hypochlorous acid is naturally produced by our white blood cells and is an essential part of our immune system. This process is called phagocytosis and is one of humans’ most symbiotic actions – eliminating pathogens yet being inherently harmless, unlike most other disinfectants which are toxic.
You can use hypochlorous for surface disinfection!
Cardiff University found that wet wipes spread deadly superbugs because most wipes dry out before the solution has had the necessary contact time. However, hypochlorous acid can be sprayed liberally on all surface types and pathogens are neutralised within seconds.