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What You Need to Know About Electrolyzed Water

How can something that looks and feels like water possibly be so powerful? Is it magic? No, it is electrolyzed water. What you ask is electrolyzed water? Electrolyzed water, EO or EOW, is also commonly referred to as "activated water".

If you have been reading along with us, you know that one of our mantras in food safety is "clean is not sanitized".

Food and chemicals can be a dangerous mix and yet, sanitizing is often necessary for our protection. Here on 4FoodSafety, we have discussed ozonated water and layered ozonated water and yet there are several other non-chemical solutions for protecting our food which leads us to Activated Water, the coloquial name given to electrolyzed water.

Activated Water is ALL NATURAL

Electrolyzed water has a strong safety record in the food industry. It is effective and all natural. Yes, ALL NATURAL! This is amazing technology.

How does electrolyzed water work? Check out the colorful diagram for a detailed overview of the process of combining softened tap water - regular H20 and salt (naci) in a fashion that electrolyzes the water and creates what is known as "activated water".

Technology makes electrolyzed water possibly the best cleaning and sanitizing solution in the marketplace today. Let's learn what industries are using electrolyzed water and why. Could this be part of your future?

How Does Electrolyzed Water Work?

So how does this process work? Essentially, a small electrical charge is passed through softened water in a chamber that serves to produce two ionized solutions with negative and positive charges respectively.

New LCD Technology Teams with Electrolyzed Water

What is remarkable is the new technology of a computer chip or "smart technology" and the ability to add an LCD (liquid crystal display) light. The lights can be added to the unit to communicate the effectiveness of the solution and the level of sanitizing. Imagine a natural sanitizer and a system to guide you when and how it is working - revolutionary!

Efficient Disinfectant

Using Electrolyzed Water allows you to fight against and control the spread of infectious pathogens including:

  • E coli
  • MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus)
  • Human and Animal Influenza (including H5N1 Avian Influenza)
  • Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Many others

Electrolyzed Water Process - Natural Sanitizing Solution

The process of electrolyzed water - sanitizing and cleaning - a natural sanitizing solution - great for hospitals, hotels and retail food

The process of electrolyzed water - sanitizing and cleaning - a natural sanitizing solution - great for hospitals, hotels and retail food

"Clean is not sanitized."

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Electrolysed Water - EOW or EO - A Natural Sanitizing Solution

Electrolysed water (EOW or EO, also known as electrolyzed oxidizing water, electro-activated water or electro-chely activated water solution) is produced by the electrolysis of ordinary tap water containing dissolved sodium chloride.[1] The electrolysis of such salt solutions produces a solution of sodium hypochlorite, which is the most common ingredient in store-bought household bleach.

The Science Behind Electrolyzed Water

Pathosans Electrolyzed Water by Roving Green

Pathosans Electrolyzed Water by Roving Green

Pathosans Electrolyzed Water by Roving Green

Bird Bath Test Using An All Natural Sanitizing Solution

Bird Bath Test - Half Cleaned with Electrolyzed Water - An All Natural Sanitizing Solution

Bird Bath Test - Half Cleaned with Electrolyzed Water - An All Natural Sanitizing Solution

Benefits of Activated Water EO or EOW

So in practical terms, why is activated water so great? For one, it can deliver large facilities, such as hotels and hospitals, a significant return on investment by saving costly dollars on cleaning chemicals. To date it is a better fit for commercial applications than the home due to size and cost.

But activated water is not just about dollar savings, it is also about safety.

But is activated water a good sanitizer?

Some articles have stated that side by side comparisons have been researched and activated water has proven to be more effective and more efficient. I am anxious to review and disect those reports to truly determine its effectiveness in an apples to apples comparison.

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Additionally, the sellers of activated water have contended that sanitized floors have resulted in better traction and greater safety. I have not experienced this myself - I am simply relaying the information.

New Technologies for Hospitals and Hotels

In short, corporate America, especially hotels and hospitals, have a duty to review this new technology and its many applications for their facilities. And then, maybe one day, we, the household consumers, will have the same access to sanitized surfaces in our homes.

How is Activated Water Being Used Today?

Hospitals are using electrolyzed water to fight a nasty germ called MRSA. MRSA is a difficult strain of bacteria that is often resistant to chemical sanitizers. Additionally, hospital staffs like using electrolyzed water because it doesn't have that ammonia or aggravating chemical smell.

Hotels are using electrolyzed water to keep costs down while still qualifying as a green hotel.

Both hospitals and hotels use the water-like solution, a natural sanitizer to clean floors and other hard surfaces.

Electrolyzed water is also great on glass. It doesn't smear and yet it cleans streak-free very effectively.

Home Test - Completely Unofficial

I recently used electrolyzed water to clean half of the bird bath out in our garden. Amazingly, the recurring mold appeared mainly on one side of the bird bath.

Note, this is NOT a claim, it is simply one household experiment, nothing formal but from this test you can see firsthand the power of this natural cleaner and sanitizer.

In the near future I plan to repeat this experiment with photos tracking the changes and with a complete cleaning on both sides using different cleaners.

Why did I share this rough experiment? Because I hope some hotels who are using electrolyzed water start documenting the differences to educate us on the improvements they are experiencing.

MRSA is in every hospital in the United States, just lurking there.

Lisa McGiffert quotes

As with MRSA, patients do not expect to go into hospital and get ill.

Simon Williams quotes

While it may seem amusing at first, this is really a very serious issue. The more people do their part to control the spread of infections, the less we have to use antibiotics, which lose their potency over time as bacteria develop resistance to them.

Judy Daly quotes

Support bacteria - they're the only culture some people have

Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction

Pierre Pachet quotes

How Does Electrolyzed Water Help Food Safety?

Food safety is all about preventing disease and food poisoning. Any time we can eliminate bacteria, we are naturally creating a healthier environment.

OK, I know I sound like Howard Hughes with his paranoia of bacteria. the fact is Mr. Hughes was far ahead of his time given his approach to germs.

Can Electrolyzed Water Be Used In Stead of Ammonia for Processing Beef?

One proponent of ammonia has challenged me on my articles regarding the use of ammonia on beef. For ammonia, I wish to be perfectly clear, I feel strongly we, the consumers, need to be informed. Any lack of disclosure is an afront to our intelligence. I fault the food manufacturer more than the government although the government's position is that it is a process not an ingredient. This is not a logical conclusion to me. You are talking about my health, the health of my family. I don't want to know - I NEED to know.

Likewise, I challenge Wal-Mart, the largest grocery store in the world, to demand disclosure from its suppliers. If we stand together as consumers and ask for disclosure, the retail giants and food manufacturers will have to comply. My opinion is that this isn't a government issue.

Food safety can only move forward if the consumer requests or perhaps even demands it. The green movement or "eco-friendly" started because of you. The consumer has the largest vote in the entire world.

New Technology Effective Non-Chemical Cleaning Solutions

  • Food Safety Magazine
    A new technology has taken the housekeeping industry literally by storm this past year. It is activated water. The recent threat of an H1N1 pandemic severely impacting our public health prompted new and innovative ways for spot cleaning, particularl

Effective Non-Chemical Cleaning Solutions

Effective Non-Chemical Cleaning Solutions

Non-Chemical Cleaning Solutions

  • Bloomberg - Are you a robot?
    First you dump salt into tub of regular tap water. Then you zap it with low-voltage electricity. This splits up the sodium and chlorine that make up salt. The chlorine side because hypochlorous acid, which is a more powerful sanitizer than bleach. Th

EOW Explained

  • Evershade | Sanitizing Services
    EOW is based on the increase at low pH creating an acidic form of EOW that functions as environmentally safe cleaning solution.

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Costs and Benefits of Electrolyzed Water

Every circumstance is different, every property has unique requirements and needs. However, having stated that, even at the hefty price tag of $10,000 - $50,000, electrolyzed water for many large facilities offers pay backs of under two years and sometimes less.

It Is Not All About ROI

The return on investment is only part of the equation. The cost savings from chemical fumes and harshness on the skin are a small part of the equation to the quality of life of preventing germs. Electrolyzed water offers the benefit of staff feeling comfortable sanitizing.

If you are like me and have attempted to sanitize a bathroom with a chemical that you felt would suffocate you in that tiny space, you can understand how employees would be appreciative of this new technology. Electrloyzed water is safe and effective. Preventing illness and injury is the goal of sanitizing, to be able to sanitize without chemicals is an analysis every large facility from hotel to hospital must closely consider.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 Kelly Kline Burnett


Kelly Kline Burnett (author) from Fontana, WI on November 26, 2012:


You make a very important point. The green cleaner is better and I know it yet I gravitate to the harsh cleaners that offer a distinctive smell. Perhaps a perfume company needs to add a smell that we can associate with green cleaning. Sad we really need to fool ourselves.

I must admit I don't use the activated water as much as I should. I caught myself this weekend cleaning and noticed what options I have and yet I hand picked the old technology.

How to change our mindset? Hmmm...I am open to suggestions.

Great comments - thank you for contributing.

successgal07 on November 26, 2012:

I have an ionator. Only problem is that we associate clean with a smell and the water doesn't smell so we think that it is not clean, so I don't use it as often as I should. Bill Nye the Science guy has a video on Activeion ionator.

Kelly Kline Burnett (author) from Fontana, WI on May 24, 2012:

Angela Michelle,

Like any new technology, it does come out of the gate expensive. The development costs have to be recouped. Having stated that, the first implementers have to be large properties such as hotels and hospitals. They have the volume to allow the quick payback.

Sadly, electrolyzed water, unless it were bottled, is not for the average homeowner or even average business owner. It is cost-effective for those with high traffic and exposure - those facilities who are already spending thousands annually on chemicals for cleaning and sanitzing.

Having tried the solution, it is amazing. I don't blame you for being sceptical.

When I tried to clean mirrors, I was shocked at how it cleaned streak-free. Some solutions have high salt residue and are not well suited to cleaning mirrors streak-free. The lesson here is to try it before you buy it, do your research, ask for references and see what the early implementors have to say for both the pros and cons.

Angela Michelle Schultz from United States on May 24, 2012:

I have heard of this before. I have to admit I'm skeptical. Plus it's so expensive!

Kelly Kline Burnett (author) from Fontana, WI on May 07, 2012:

I learned allot during my research and yet I am anxious to learn even more. I hope there is more scientific information about the level of bacteria kill. It is supposed to be much higher than even ozone so this is remarkable technology. Sadly, the cost is usually around $10,000 or more so the future is wide open once the big boys of the hospitals and hotels fully implement this into their cleaning program for their extensive facilities.

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