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What is HOCl?

Hypochlorous acid (HOCl) is a naturally occurring oxidant that is produced by white blood cells within the human body and acts as the main ingredient used by our immune systems to destroy disease-forming pathogens. AQUAOX™ electrochemically engineered HOCL solutions replicate the HOCL produced inside the human body and unlike other harsh disinfectants currently used our solutions contain no bleach, alcohol, or ammonia and are completely safe for use in schools, daycares, dental and medical clinics, businesses and other public spaces.

HOCL Effectiveness

The cell wall of a pathogenic microorganisms is negatively charged by nature. The negative charge of the pathogenic microorganism’s cell wall repulses the negative charge of the hypochlorite ions (OCL-) in bleach making it a weak disinfectant.

AQUAOX’s neutral Hypochlorous acid (HOCl) molecule easily penetrates the cell wall, making it a very effective disinfectant. HOCl effectively penetrates slime layers, cell walls and protective layers of microorganisms. Microorganisms quickly die or are made non-functional by reproductive failure. HOCl is 80-100 times more effective and exceeds the disinfecting properties of bleach by up to 300 times

How does HOCl kill and how does it compare with bleach?

HOCL products have been independently laboratory-tested and proven to be effective against a wide range of micro-organisms. HOCl products have been tested to rigorous internationally recognized standards, and have proved effective against micro-organisms including, but not limited to:

  • Campylobacter jejuni

  • Escherichia coli including (0157)

  • Enterococcus species

  • Helicobacter pylori

  • Listeria

  • Legionella pneumophila

  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa

  • Staphylococcus aureus (including MRSA)

  • Samonella cholerasuis

  • Salmonella enterica

  • Vancomydin Resistant Enterococcus feacalis (VRE)

  • Mycobacteria tuberculosis

  • Mycobacterium avium intracellulare

  • Mycobacterium bovis (BCG)

  • Acineobacter baumannii

  • Bacillus cereus

  • Bacillus subtilis

  • Clostridium difficile

  • Clostridium sporogenes

  • Aspergillus niger

  • Candida albicans

  • Trichophyton mentagrophytes

  • Adenovirus type 4

  • Bacteriophage MS2

  • Hepatitis A & B

  • Herpes type 1

  • Swine Influenza Virus (H1N1)

  • Infectious bronchitis

  • Influenza including H1N1, H5N1 and H7N9

  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 (HIV-1)

  • Human Coronavirus, Strain 229E

  • SARS-CoV-2

  • MS2 virus

  • Norovirus (Human and Murine)

  • Orthopoxvirus

  • Polio enterovirus 1 & 2

  • Zygosaccharomices bailii

  • Candida albicans

  • Botrytis (grapy mold)

  • Powdery mildew

  • Cryptosporidium muris

  • Cryptosporidium parvum



AQUAOX™ has dedicated many years of research and development in order to develop its own proprietary production method that results in one of the purest forms of Hypochlorous acid that is free from contaminants. This is unlike many other HOCL products in the market that contains hypochlorite (bleach molecules) and chloride by-products within their solutions.

Additional Resources

Safety Data Sheet

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