Electrolyzed Water FAQ

What is hypochlorous acid (HOCl) ?

Hypochlorous acid is a free chlorine molecule with the molecular formula HOCl. It is the dominate free chlorine species in chlorine solutions that have a slightly to moderately acidic pH. View the "Electrolyzed Water" page for more information.

Is HOCl really natural?

Hypochlorous acid, or HOCl, is produced naturally by the white blood cells of all mammals (including you), and is used by those cells to kill invading microbial pathogens. 

How does HOCl interact with bacteria?

Bacteria often have negatively charged cell walls, which means that negatively charged molecules (e.g. OCl⁻ found in chlorine bleach solutions) get repelled like magnets, reducing the effectiveness of those cleaning molecules. HOCl on the other hand has a neutral charge, so it is completely unfazed by that negative charge and can much more easily do one of two things that kill the cell, depending on the type of bacterium: it can oxidize the cell wall (attack from the outside), or it can enter the cell and destroy the vital components inside (attack from the inside).

How do you make HOCl?

Hypochlorous acid is made through the process of electrolysis. By passing an electrical current through water with a sodium chloride (NaClsolution, electrolyzed water is generated.

How does NatureChlor work?

Watch the Operation Video below!

How do I test my solution?

Each NatureChlor comes standard with Chlorine Test Strips and pH Test Strips. The Chlorine Test Strips measure Free Available Chlorine (FAC) in Parts Per Million (PPM).  The type of chlorine compound is directly affected by the pH level of the solution. In order for HOCl to be the dominate compound, a pH value of 5-7 is recommended.

Watch the Testing Video below!

NatureChlor Operation

Testing Your Solution