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What is Hypochlorous Acid and Why Use It?

We’ve all been conscious to sanitation whether we are at home, at work, sweating it out at the gym, or simply going about our everyday lives. What we might not be conscious of are the ingredients that go into making many of the sanitation tools we use every day. Harsh chemicals and ingredients found in many sanitizers take a toll on us, our children, our pets and those we interact with. Our mission at Simpleaf is to provide you with products that clean and sanitize to your satisfaction, but in a way that is eco-friendly and mission driven. Let us introduce you to the active ingredient in our Simpleaf’s All purpose cleaner: hypochlorous acid.

We know, it’s a mouthful and might sound scary, but hypochlorous acid, aka HOCl, is a natural part of our own human internal defense system. Here at Simpleaf, we stand behind rigorous scientific research that supports that it is a safe and effective ingredient to use in our cleaning products. Here’s why:


What is hypochlorous acid?

HOCl is a natural process that inactivates pathogens we interact with everywhere – everyday such as bacteria, viruses, spores and even fungi. While typically produced by our white blood cells, HOCl outside the body is an electrolyzed biocide that is naturally antimicrobial.

How is HOCl created?

Our HOCl derived products are a result of the development of Electro-Chemical Activated Technology (ECA). Water and salt are used to create a brine solution then passed through a proprietary, electrolytic chamber that creates a pure, natural acid solution with powerful sanitization benefits.

Water (H2O) + Salt (NaCL) + Electricity = HOCl

What makes it different?

A form of biomimicry – HOCl replicates what is produced inside of our bodies similar to a blood clots healing wounds. In doing so, our HOCl has been tested to eliminate the world’s most dangerous and hardiest pathogens while stimulating the body’s immunity to germs. No active components are added to the HOCl we add to our products. This results in a product that is pure enough to be used in agricultural, food and water processing, hospitality, janitorial, health and public safety industries.

Are there any other benefits or side effects from using HOCl?

There has been proven, indisputable evidence in the efficacy of hypochlorous acid in the one-hundred-plus years as a known disinfectant. What’s different about our HOCl and others – now and historically – is the stability of the solution. Now, through technological advancements, we are able to offer a solution that is not only stable, but extremely effective and eco-friendly.

As mentioned, HOCl is a natural antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal that not only acts as a disinfectant, but an aid that speeds up wound healing while mitigating scarring; even odor prevention.

In addition to these benefits, HOCl naturally stimulates immunity to germs while still being safe to use around children and pets.

For those of concerned with the harshness of many alternative sanitizers, HOCl leads to long-lasting effects on the body including a reduction in skin aging with proven anti-wrinkle properties.


HOCl + Simpleaf:

 Our goal is to provide you with the most convenient, eco-friendly sanitary solutions, which is just part of our mission. With this knowledge of what goes into our products, we hope you are even more confident in your decision to choose Simpleaf Clean for your sanitizing needs, now and in the future. We invite you to follow along as we continue to discuss the power of HOCl and how it can improve the quality of your every day clean. Stay tuned!

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