Understanding HOCL

Nature’s own germ defence. Safe, Natural & Effective

What is HOCL?

HOCL is the scientific formula for Hypochlorous acid. HOCL occurs naturally in the human body as an oxidant to heal and protect, which is why HOCL is often called ‘nature’s germ killer’.

HOCL can be created by electrolysing a solution of water and salt. The electrolysis causes the components of the water (H20) and the salt (NACL) to split and create a weak acid called Hypochlorous Acid (HOCL). The process of electrolysing water to create HOCL has been widely used since the 1970’s on an industrial scale in areas such as healthcare and food safety.

HOCL is up to 100 times more efficient at killing microbial pathogens than the more commonly used chlorine bleach (sodium hypochlorite).

The effectiveness of HOCL

HOCL has been proven to be extremely effective in eliminating viruses and coronaviruses, including COVID-19. HOCL kills germs on contact by penetrating and destroying their cell walls. HOCL has a very quick ‘kill’ time and successfully neutralises viruses on contact.

Further Reading

EPA approval for HOCL in use against COVID- 19 (March 2020)

HOCL safety regarding food contact & other surfaces – HOCL approved at 200ppm (2005)

The safety of HOCL

HOCL is extremely safe as it is a completely natural product with no irritants, preservatives or additives. In addition it is odourless and leaves no residue.

It does not irritate the skin or eyes and can be inhaled without side effect. In fact, it is so safe that it can be used to disinfect fresh produce and on food preparation surfaces.

HOCL is EPA approved and widely used in many commonly used products from wound healing, wound care and eye care products to beauty products and veterinary products.

HOCL & Fogging Equipment

HOCL is the ideal disinfecting solution for use in foggers as it is safe, cost effective and up to 100x more powerful than bleach. Unlike cleaning by hand fogging makes sure that the disinfectant gets into every small space and behind every surface from floor to ceiling in just minutes.

As HOCL is non-toxic, there is no need for PPE when using the fogger, and the fogged areas can be used/occupied again within minutes. Other fogging agents of similar power – such as peracetic acids, ozone, chlorine dioxide or peroxides – require PPE and the fogged areas need to remain vacated for an extend period of time.