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What Is Chlorine Dioxide?

Most people have never heard of Chlorine Dioxide (CLO2). Or else they think its bleach (which is Sodium Hypochlorite or NsCIO). Like bleach, CLO2 is used as a sanitizer and bleaching agent. Unlike bleach, CLO2 is safe to use, does not leave toxic residue. Chlorine Dioxide oxygenates products rather than chlorinating them.

CLO2 is considered a “friendly” Deodorizer, Sanitizer and Disinfectant.

There are a lot of pathogenic organisms out there that can cause chaos. CLO2 is highly effective on most bacteria, virus, fungi, mold spores, algae, and blood borne pathogens, protozoa, yeast and biofilms. Some names you might recognize are:

Legionella – Salmonella – Cryptosporidium – Giardia Cysts – Coliforms – Listeria – Shigella – Staph – Norovirus – Influenza – Anthrax – Cholera – E-coli – Hepatitis – Hepa Virus – EBOLA – C Diff – MARS – MERSA

Where Microbes Lurk

There are lots of places we tend to forget when sanitizing our homes and work places. A towel sprayed with CLO2 and used to wipe surfaces is an excellent way to reduce colds and flu. Just some of the “forgotten” places are;

Door Knobs, Phone receivers, Cell phones, Computer key boards, Computer mouse, Lotion bottle, Stapler, Purse & Briefcase handles, Toilet flusher Sink fixtures, Washer & drier knobs, Light switch plates, Printers & copiers, Fax machines, just to name a few.

Problems with Mold/Mildew

Bathrooms are notorious for mold, especially on the grout. They tell you not to use harsh chemicals on the tile because the chemicals may deteriorate the grout. CLO2 is non-corrosive, so it cannot hurt the grout. Yet, it packs a powerful punch when it comes to attacking mold/mildew and algae.

Not all molds are visible, so it is wise to rinse down the entire tile, floor, tub & the toilet. CLO2 also kills spores, bleach does NOT. Alcohol, a standard disinfectant, can cause bacteria to go to the spore stage which can make the organism survive for years.

What Is The Difference Between Chlorine Dioxide & Chlorine Bleach?

Unfortunately, the word “chlorine” is found in both Chlorine Dioxide (CLO2) and Chlorine Bleach (NaCLO). This has led to a lot of confusion.

Chlorine Dioxide:

  • Does NOT release free chlorine
  • Does NOT release harmful byproducts
  • Highly effective on bacteria, virus, protozoa, algae, fungus
  • Long term residual disinfection effectiveness
  • Non-corrosive, does not react with ammonia
  • Microbes do not build resistance
  • Broad spectrum antimicrobial
  • Kills spores
  • Effective at a wide range of ph.

Chlorine dioxide is not another form of chlorine. We can draw an analogue to hydrogen and hydrogen cyanide, they are both gases, have the same first name, but completely different properties. So too with chlorine dioxide and chlorine, indeed one molecule does make a big difference.

Chlorine Dioxide is defined in the USA as having “no elemental free chlorine .. hence it does not chlorinate. It is because of this fact and the amazing chemistry of chlorine dioxide that it is slowly becoming an important tool in disinfection and oxidation in the world to-day.

Chlorine dioxide is a molecule consisting if 1 chlorine atom and 2 oxygen atoms. Abbreviated to CL02.

  • It has a molecular weight of 67.45.
  • It is a gas at normal temperatures and pressures.
  • It has a melting point of -S9°C.
  • It has a boiling point of 11 °C
  • It is yellowish/ green and has an odor similar to that of chlorine.
  • It is denser than air and is water soluble at standard temperatures and pressures up to 2500 ppm.
  • It is explosive in air at concentrations > 10%
  • It is prohibited from all form of transport, it is normally generated at the point of application.
  • It will decompose in the presence of UV, high temperatures, and high alkalinity(> ph 12).

The physical and chemical properties of chlorine dioxide outline below will unravel its amazing capabilities.

  • Chlorine dioxide does not dissociate in water. It stays as chlorine dioxide therefore its ability to operate as a disinfectant/sanitizer is independent of pH.
  • Chlorine dioxide is an oxidant with a low redox potential. It has a redox potential of +o.96 mV compared to chlorine of +1.36 mV. There is no relationship between redox and disinfecting efficacy.
  • Chlorine dioxide has a few specific chemical reactions. From this property a number of very interesting properties are derived:
    • It has a very low toxicity rating, indeed some formulations have GRAS status.
    • It is generally regarded as a ” no – irritant”. o It is not corrosive as a pure chlorine dioxide solution.
    • Its reactions are selective hence as an oxidant reagent consumption is maximized in the redox reaction not through side reactions.

In conclusion, therefore we have a disinfectant / sanitizer which Is an oxidant with few chemical reactions, no pH limitations, very low toxicity, worldwide approval for drinking water, very high efficacy against micro-organisms, has a strong and measurable residual. The product when applied at use concentration in water will not corrode equipment; will not produce an environment harmful to workers or consumers.