As Activeion rocked the Chemical Free Cleaning world late last month, many cleaning companies who have built their low impact or chemical free cleaning methods around the hand-held sprayer began turning to each other asking: what else is there?
What the Activeion Ionator brought to the home cleaning world (and to commercial and janitorial cleaning methods) are primarily the following:
- ionized water = regular tap water + energy = nanobubbles that dig under soil and float it up to be wiped away and just enough electricity to fry germs and bacteria (sanitization)
- a convenient and easy-to use hand-held spray device
- elimination of chemicals
Yes, yes, we know that technical water is a chemical. That terrible toxic chemical H2O. The fact is, water is one of the three basic elements for survival, arguably the most important. Nevertheless, we can provide an MSDS sheet for water, since federal law requires cleaning companies to have an MSDS on every cleaning product used at a job site.
Now, the GenEon Trio is pitching its hat in the ring as a replacement for the Activeion Ionator. On their website, GenEon compares the loss of Activeion to that of the loss of early car manufacturers and models that didn’t make it as the personal automotive technology was developing. They make an important point: we are still driving cars. That is, the evolution toward better cleaning and sanitizing while continually reducing unnecessary additions to our indoor personal environment or the outdoor natural environment will continue to unfold before our eyes and will reach its goal.
What the GenEon Trio offers is a low-impact cleaning and sanitizing solution, which the company believes is more effective than ionized water and which they expect continuing laboratory studies to bear out. Here’s what we know:
The chemical combination of water, salt, and electrolysis creates hypochlorous acid with an expected neutral pH of about 7.5-8.5, depending on the base pH of the tap water used.
Hypochlorous acid is produced in the human body as part of the immune system’s response to an invading contaminant (aka, allergen). Studies show that hypochlorous acid is a known microbiocide (kills microbes) and promotes the T cell response of the body, which is associated with strengthening the immune system.
Outside of the human body, hypochlorous acid is identified chemically with the following properties
- unstable when isolated
- weakly acidic
- useful as a bleach, oxidizer, deodorant, and disinfectant
At Modern Cleaning, we are putting this new option to the test. So far, we have generated the two solutions as directed, tested their pH levels, and sprayed them on a colored t-shirt to see if it’s true that it doesn’t “bleach” colors.
The video above shows us spraying the shirt about 3:00 on May 15, 2012; the photo of the t-shirt was taken about 8:30 am on May 16, 2012. We are going to wash the t-shirt to see if there is any residual effect from laundry detergent with either of the solutions.
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