What is Hypochlorous Acid?
When salt water is electrolyzed, it produces an anolyte solution that consists of >99.3% water, chloride salt and Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl). HOCl is a naturally occurring chemical that is produced by our white blood cells, to fight bacteria and inflammation after an infection or trauma. HOCl provides a unique power to eradicate dangerous organisms while not causing harm to our cells. HOCl is one of the only agents that is both non-toxic to the delicate cells that can heal our wounds, while being lethal to almost all known dangerous bacteria and viruses that threaten our health.
Why isn’t Hypochlorous Acid everywhere?
The overwhelming impediment to its widespread use has been a lack of shelf stability. HOCl is the most reactive ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species). This means it reacts very easily and will quickly turn back into salt water. HOCl solutions have been used for over 100 years. In the early 1900’s during the World Wars, HOCl solutions were used for disinfecting medical equipment and dressing wounds. Until recently, HOCl solutions would only remain stable for about 90 minutes before turning back into salt water.
What has changed?
HOCl is now manufactured in a way that allows the solution to be stable for much longer than previously available. This has allowed for the product to be carefully bottled and made available across the world. Although producing HOCl solutions is not challenging, stabilizing the solution is very difficult. In fact, at ICS our quality ingredients and unique process produce an unmatched product. This is proven by our HOCl industry-best 24-month (not impacted by opening) FDA cleared shelf life on all of our FDA cleared products. Furthermore, we do not add unnecessary ingredients to stabilize or preserve our product stability.