How To Use HOCl (Hypochlorous Acid) At Home March 17, 2022

I had never heard of hypochlorous acid until about June 2021, now I use it all the time, often multiple times daily! If you don’t know what HOCl is or how to use it, then read on, & I’m willing to bet it will become one of your new favourite household substances too!

HOCl is the abbreviation for Hypochlorous acid. It sounds nasty, like a harmful chemical. It’s not – it’s just made from filtered water, salt & electricity (a bit more involved / there’s a process to it, but that’s the basics). It’s also something that our immune cells produce – all mammals actually make HOCl & use it to kill invading microbes like bacteria, viruses & fungi. It’s been used as far back as world war X, to help heal soldiers’ wounds & prevent infection. It is still widely used today in many hospitals, veterinary clinics & optometry practices.

It is a super effective sanitizer (same family as bleach & chlorine), that is gentle enough to use on sensitive skin, wounds, babies, pets, eyes, nose, throat, mucous membranes – if you accidentally swallow it, it’s not useful as your stomach acid will deactivate it, but you’ll be totally fine / there’s no toxicity! The reason it’s not already a household go-to, is that 1) antibiotics were invented & took over the infection market, & 2) it had no shelf life so it wasn’t commercially viable as a product (depending on how it’s made, it just turns straight back into salty water very quickly). It’s only in the past 2 years that shelf stability has been possible, with new manufacturing technology.  

So…here’s just a few of the 101 ways you could be using HOCl at home….

HOCl Surface Care (hypochlorous acid 500ppm)

  • fridge cleaning (great because it kills any mould spores in the fruit & veg drawers, plus any other germs from food spillages, & also neutralizes any odours). It’s actually one of the few sanitizing substances approved for organic food manufacturing, aside from vinegar & lemon juice, so it’s super strong yet completely safe. Just wipe all of your fridge surfaces whenever suits. Note – don’t use it on the outer stainless steel, unless you wipe it off with water after, as it leaves a (very very  slight) salty residue / not ideal for anything that can rust. 
  • pantry shelves (same as the fridge, you want to keep it clean but avoid all the toxic stuff where you keep your food).
  • water bottle sanitising. Water bottles can be hard to clean properly, & I normally just give them a quick rinse, but so every so often a ‘deep clean’ is nice. Spray liberally on the lid & into the bottle, give it a good swish around, then leave to drain / dry. Just a quick rinse prior to refilling if you want, but it’s not really necessary. 
  • cutting board sanitising. Great for a deep clean every now & then, just spray & leave to dry. 
  • toothbrush deep clean – just soak in a small container for a few mins / overnight (perfect for when someone forgets their toothbrush or accidentally uses the wrong one / kid drops it in the toilet (just kidding you might want to chuck that one!)
  • yoga mat & gym gear (perfect to clean & sanitize things that your skin comes into close contact with, where you want to avoid harsh chemicals). Your skin absorbs toxins from your environment, HOCl is a great replacement for many toxic products to help lessen the load. 
  • bathroom sink / bath / shower / toilet. HOCl is great to kill mould, sanitize & neutralize any odours.  
  • after rain & lingering dampness, spray outdoor furniture / cushions etc to prevent mould & smells (sunshine & circulating air / wind are perfect, but if these are not happening HOCl is helpful too). 
  • smelly shoe refresher – just spray & leave to dry

Check out the HOCl Surface Care range.

HOCl Skin Care (hypochlorous acid 200ppm)

  • pimples, grazes, bites, cuts, wounds, irritations, etc – anywhere the skin is broken to clean, soothe,  prevent infection & speed healing. It actually helps decrease scarring too. 
  • sore throats / fist sign of any cough, cold or flu (spray frequently into eyes nose & throat for best results), it kills bacteria & viruses (even the most famous ones!) 
  • conjunctivitis / irritated eyes – have given bottles to a few people who’ve had eye issues, great feedback (no sting, no irritation – it feels very soothing instantly).
  • tattoo & piercing care (just like wounds, works a treat to assist healing & prevent infection)
  • nappy rash / baby skin issues (my babies are big now, but shall be trying this on my baby nephew when he comes to stay next week)!
  • breath freshener (when you forget to brush your teeth / think your mouth needs a freshen up!) 
  • hand sanitiser (it actually makes your hands feel softer, not all dried up & irritated like the standard toxic ones!)
  • itchy / irritated skin (or any areas of your body)

Check out our HOCL Skin Care range.

HOCl Pet Care (hypochlorous acid 200ppm)

NOTE – this is the exact same product as HOCl skin care (hypochlorous acid 200ppm), so use it literally anywhere on your pet where there’s odour, inflammation, irritation or infection risk.

  • stinky dogs (coat & breath, bedding, furniture).
  • puppy & kitten messes, litter trays, travel crates, kennels, bowls (it’s the safest sanitising option because it’s fine if licked / on skin / in eyes / anywhere).
  • cuts, scratches, wounds & post surgery (fine if licked, no irritation or stinging).  
  • eye irritation or infection
  • hotspots & itchy, irritated skin

Check out our HOCL Pet Care range.

….this list is by no means exhaustive, HOCl can be used in so many ways! If you have any enquiries for specific uses you’re wondering about, please email me & I’ll let you know / find out if I don’t know!