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Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D.

Electrolyzed Water - Miracle Liquid?

By March 3, 2009

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Water is already pretty great stuff. You can't live without it and you use it throughout the day. What if you could use water plus a little salt to kill germs and clean, without added chemicals? It turns out you can. All you need to do is electrolyze the water. The Los Angeles Times has a feature on the increasing popularity of electrolyzed water for cleaning laundry without detergent, disinfecting medical instruments and wounds, sanitizing food, washing dishes... you name it.

So if electrolyzed salt water is non-toxic and highly effective, you may be wondering why don't you see it everywhere. There are a few reasons. First, the equipment used to electrolyze water isn't cheap. Home units are presently running around $3000, though when you consider the annual cost of all the cleaners you use and how nice it would be to replace the toxic chemicals you have with green, non-toxic water, the pricetag is a lot more palatable. Second, electrolyzed water has a relatively brief shelf life. It is something you can make and use, but not the sort of product you'll find on grocery store shelves. Finally, a lot of people think a cleaner isn't working unless it produces suds and smells 'clean'. Electrolyzed water doesn't produce mounds of bubbles or smell like flowers. If you live in Japan or Russia, you probably are familiar with electrolyzed water. In the United States it is probably news to you.

Here's how it works. Electrolyzed water is produced by applying a low-voltage electrical charge to saltwater. Sodium ions form sodium hydroxide (NaOH), a strong base that cleans much like a detergent. Chloride ions form hypochlorous acid (HClO), which is a powerful disinfectant. The potent compounds are rendered harmless either by doing their job cleaning and disinfecting or they are simply rendered inactive over time.

Yesterday I bashed the use of triclosan-containing soap and hand sanitizer and I'm always warning people of the dangers of mixing bleach and vinegar. You won't hear me complaining about electrolyzed water.


March 9, 2009 at 8:03 am
(1) Frank Ervolino says:

The Mikuni Charme is a device costing $400 that is used in this country and Japan for skin diseases. I use it clinically for my patients.

February 20, 2010 at 5:28 pm
(2) Michel says:

Electrolyzed Water comes in many forms. Not all Electrolyzed Water is the same.

About 10 years ago, scientist did not wanted to hear about Electrolyzed Water and regarded it as scam. Nowadays, Electrolyzed Water is being researched on many universities around the world. Thus, science is little by little proving that Electrolyzed Water has its merits.

Still, one of the biggest problem in this industry is that Electrolyzed Water is not clearly defined. When talking about Electrolyzed Water, it is crucial to know the following:
a) pH
b) Oxidation-Reduction-Potential (ORP), measured in Millivolts
c) Free Available Chlorine (FAC), measured in ppm
d) Conductivity or TDS, measured as ppt.
e) Date of production (Electrolyzed Water should be produced and used onsite for optimal results.)

Without knowing the above, one cannot make any claim about the performance of Electrolyzed Water. Unfortunately, when discussing sanitation or disifecting, Electrolyzed Water is mistakenly considered the same as bleach.

I believe the article explains the difference between onsite generated Hypochlorous Acid and usage of Gaseous Chlorine or Sodium Hypochorite.


May 7, 2012 at 9:57 am
(3) Chip says:

I am the GM for Viking Pure, LLC in Edgewater Florida where we produce the line of Viking Pure Electrolyzed Water Systems. I have to say… when we started research on this process I was very skeptical. I had never heard of it, as that is EXACTLY what the chemical companies want all Americans to say. After reading scientific reports on it, having lab work done to show how effective it is and most of all using the Sodium Hydroxide (Cleaner) and Hypochlorous Acid (Sanitizer) to clean my new home… the benefits were clearly seen. The benefits are not just seen through my eyes, but also through the eyes of the companies and government agencies who are currently using our machines (State Prison, Cruise lines, Hotels, etc…). The part that amazes me still is that we have proven the sanitizer to kill C-Diff, MRSA, HIV, Swine Flu/Bird Flu and just about any pathogen out there and yet the sanitizing solution is safe enough to DRINK! You don’t have to worry about your employees safety, you don’t have to worry about the potential worker’s compensation claims from chemical exposure, and if you are using it at home… most importantly you dont have to worry about your family’s safety. I stop myself from saying this too much because I don’t want to give people the wrong impression but this is truly miracle water. The benefits are endless. If you want to know more about the product or what we offer, please email me at chip@vikingpure.com or call us at 386-428-9800.

January 7, 2013 at 8:06 am
(4) ozzy mchammertime says:

i dont understand please rephrase the question?

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