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You can use SafeSpray as often as you need to in unlimited quantities without any harmful effects. There is no better disinfecting and sanitising product for all consumer and industrial purposes. Daily use will proactively create a safe and healthy environment. No gloves necessary. No rinsing necessary.

No, hypochlorous acid is not the same as bleach; it has a different chemical composition than bleach (sodium hypochlorite). The formula for sodium hypochlorite is NaOCl and the formula for hypochlorous acid is HOCl. HOCl is so gentle it’s used in wound healing, eye care and veterinary care products.  The pH of SafeSpray is in a neutral range just like the pH of the dermal layer of all humans. Bleach solutions have a very high pH range being at a concentration high enough to remove the color from fabric and over 99% of NaOCl.

Yes, it is a very weak acid similar to a mild citrus juice. It’s chemical formula is HOCl and it has a neural pH level between 5 – 7.

Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl) vs. Sodium Hypochlorite (Chlorine Bleach)

Hypochlorous acid, unlike chlorine bleach, is 100% safe and non-irritant. It is safe for all surfaces and on the skin. As it is 100% natural it will not burn your skin or even your eyes. Unlike with Hypochlorite if it were accidentally ingested, it is completely harmless. The brilliance of SafeSpray is that it is 80-120 times more efficacious at killing microbial pathogens than chlorine bleach.

A Hypochlorite ion carries a negative electrical charge, while hypochlorous acid carries no electrical charge. The hypochlorous acid moves quickly, able to oxidise the bacteria in a matter of seconds, while the hypochlorite ion might take up to a half hour to do the same.

HOCl is a neutrally charged molecule. Bacteria have negatively charged cell walls. Just like magnets, molecules with the same charge will repel each other. For example, the negatively charged molecule of bleach (OCl-) is repelled by bacterial cell walls. This is not the case with HOCl which is neutrally charged. HOCl easily penetrates bacterial cell walls. HOCl either oxidizes the cell walls killing the bacteria or enters through the cell walls and destroys the vital components inside the bacteria. Bleach with has a negatively charged molecule takes much longer to destroy viruses and bacteria.

It is important to always keep your SafeSpray liquid out of sunlight, preferably in a dark place. Keep it at room temperature and never mix SafeSpray with any other products, except when diluting with water as indicated, depending on the application. Discard after the expiry date has been reached or 6 months after opening.

Yes, but it is important that the device be a cold fogging device and not a thermal fogging device. Heating up hypochlorous acid will denature the molecule and can generate chlorine gas.

SafeSpray does not have an ongoing antimicrobial effect. So, once it lands on a surface, it reacts rapidly with any germs, mould and other organic matter on that surface to eliminate dangerous pathogens. It results in efficient sanitation without requiring a post-rinse.  The majority of other products that have an on-going microbial effect leave a toxic layer remaining on the surface.

The concentration of hypochlorous acid solutions are usually reported as free available chlorine (FAC) in parts per million (ppm). Hypochlorous acid (HOCl) is in equilibrium with hypochlorite ion (−OCl) and Cl2 and the extent of the equilibrium is controlled by the pH of the solution. Therefore, both FAC and pH need to be known to understand the amount of chlorine present as hypochlorous acid.

HOCl can actually be made from chlorine bleach by dilution but there are a multitude of limitations. HOCl is almost absent in a free chlorine solution with a pH above 9. Chlorine bleach has a pH above 13. By diluting chlorine bleach, the pH can be lowered but the concentration of free chlorine will also be lowered (i.e. the ppm). Upon diluting chlorine bleach to pH 8.5, the percent of the free chlorine that is hypochlorous acid is less than 5%. The pH is important because HOCl will only become the dominant free chlorine molecule between pH 5 and 7. You can measure the pH with standard pH test paper. More dilution of bleach will dilute the free available chlorine concentration to levels which are not useful. Trying to lower the pH with acidifiers will not help because chlorine bleach will react violently and the free available chlorine product will be lost as chlorine gas. Therefore, electrolysis is the only safe method for generating high concentrations of acidic-to-neutral pH free chlorine solutions that are dominated by hypochlorous acid.

Hypochlorous acid is non-toxic and non-hazardous. Unlike most chemical sanitisers, hypochlorous acid is non-irritant to eyes, skin, and the respiratory tract. Even if it were ingested by accident, it causes no harm.

Yes, the majority of the research on hypochlorous acid has been for using hypochlorous acid directly on food. The FDA Food Contact Notification 1811 allows for hypochlorous acid to be used on raw or processed fruits & vegetables, fish & seafood, meat, poultry and shell eggs at up to 60 ppm. SafeSpray provides consumers with a 500ppm concentrate so when diluting in the recommended ratio of  1:11 for food sanitisation, SafeSpray becomes exceptionally cost effective .

Yes, hypochlorous acid is 100% safe and non-irritant. It is safe enough to be used on personal items such as toothbrushes, baby pacifiers, and toys for pets and children.

Hypochlorous acid is a powerful oxidant and will cause corrosion if left exposed for extended periods of time to brass, copper, iron, or steel. Stainless steel can corrode as well if submersed in high concentrations of hypochlorous acid (>200 ppm) for extended periods of time. Hence it is important to empty and wipe humidifiers when not in use and not to exceed recommended dilutions in USB humidifiers as they contain metal parts.

Hypochlorous acids (HOCl) is being used in restaurants, food & beverage processing, livestock, agriculture, hospitals, schools, cruise ships, water treatment, and pharmaceutical manufacturing. It replaces toxic chemicals used for cleaning sinks, bathrooms, and floors across all industries and can be used as a hand sanitiser for staff, guests, clients, customers. More specifically:

In restaurants, use SafeSpray as a no-rinse sanitiser for produce, meat, poultry, and seafood – prolongs shelf-life of food products. Use it for sanitation of food contact surfaces as well as for sanitation of all kitchenware, cutting boards, cutlery, and utensils. Use SafeSpray to clean tables and seating areas of the restaurant. It can be applied via foggers to disinfect large areas.

In hospitality, use SafeSpray to sanitise linens and disinfect contact surfaces. It can be applied to rooms and common areas via foggers.

In manufacturing facilities, employees can step into foot bathes and be misted by SafeSpray when entering a facility. It can be used to sanitise equipment and work areas. It can be applied or foggers to broadly sanitize large areas.

In medical facilities and beauty salons, SafeSpray can be used to sanitise linens and replace toxic concentrated chemicals for cleaning and disinfecting rooms and common areas. It an be applied via foggers or humidifiers broadly disinfect rooms and the air. It can be used to clean and disinfect all contact surfaces. SafeSpray can be placed throughout facilities in dispensers for hand sanitation.

In educational facilities, SafeSpray can replace toxic concentrated chemicals for cleaning and disinfecting school rooms and common areas. SafeSpray can be applied via foggers or humidifiers to broadly disinfect rooms and the air. SafeSpray can be used in the school kitchen as a no-rinse sanitizer for produce, meat, poultry, and seafood. It can be used to clean and disinfect all contact surfaces and kitchenware. SafeSpray can be placed throughout schools in dispensers for hand sanitation.