Chlorine dioxide disinfectant benefits
What is chlorine dioxide?
Chlorine dioxide (ClO2) is a highly effective, eco-friendly micro biocide that carries the US EPA, FDA and UK Government approvals for many of its uses. It is a selective oxidant that eliminates many pathogenic organisms including Legionella, Listeria, Salmonella, amoeba cysts, Giardia cysts, E. Coli, and Cryptosporidium. Importantly, CIO2 also destroys biofilms so bacterial re-growth is significantly impeded.
What organisms will chlorine dioxide eradicate?
Chlorine dioxide is a “complete spectrum” anti-microbial agent. It is effective against – Legionella, Pseudomonas, Listeria, E. coli and Coliforms, Cryptosporidium, Giardia, MRSA.
Is there Chlorine in Chlorine Dioxide?
No, there is no free Chlorine in Chlorine Dioxide. Although Chlorine Dioxide has the word Chlorine in its name, the two chemicals have completely different chemical structures. The additional oxygen atom radically changes the molecule and creates completely different chemical behaviours and by-products. Their differences are as profound as those between hydrogen, the explosive gas, and hydrogen combined with oxygen, which creates di-hydrogen oxide – commonly called water. CleanOxide 99% pure Chlorine Dioxide is stable and generates NO harmful by-products.
Is chlorine dioxide approved for use in potable water?
Chlorine dioxide is internationally approved for both the pre-treatment and final disinfection of potable waters. It will eliminate microorganisms including Escherichia coli (E. coli) and other coliforms organisms, Listeria, Staphylococcus aureus, Giardia cysts, algae, and Salmonella.
What other applications use chlorine dioxide?
Chlorine dioxide is widely used as a disinfecting agent in the food industry in fruit and vegetable washing, flume water disinfection, meat, and poultry disinfection and odour control. In industrial processes, chlorine dioxide is used in industrial water treatment (cooling systems/towers), ammonia plants, pulp mills (slime control, paper machines), oil fields and the electronics industry. It is also widely used in oral healthcare products in everyday life.
Can I use chlorine dioxide for waste-water treatment?
Chlorine dioxide safely oxidises phenols, cyanides, aldehydes, hydrogen sulphide and mercaptans, reduced sulphur compounds and some pesticides. It is useful in both waste-water treatment and scrubber systems. Chlorine dioxide is an eco-friendly oxidant that is preferred by many regulating water utilities and supply authorities for final discharge disinfection.
Does chlorine dioxide have any other approvals?
Many of its uses are US EPA, FDA, and UK Government approved, and highly recommended by many researchers and research establishments throughout the world.
Why not use chlorine instead?
Chlorine changes the tastes and odour of water. Chlorination will also produce harmful by-products called Trihalomethanes (THMs) and Bromates, which are linked to the incidences of cancer and are highly carcinogenic. Chlorine will not remove biofilm, is more corrosive, environmentally unsound, may not be used at temperatures of 40°C or over and has a very narrow pH band within which it has any useful action.
How does chlorine dioxide affect the environment?
Chlorine dioxide is a highly effective, eco-friendly micro biocide that carries the US EPA, FDA and UK Government approvals for many of its uses. Chlorine dioxide does not persist in the environment and has even been shown to have positive environmental effects where it has replaced the use of chlorine.
Can I use chlorine dioxide in food and beverage process applications?
Chlorine dioxide provides excellent microbiological control for the food & beverage processing sectors in areas including brewing and bottling, fruit and vegetables (FDA approved application), poultry and other meats, fish, and dairy processes. ClO2 also provides excellent microbiological control in flume waters, packaging operations, and process disinfection.
Is Chlorine Dioxide Safe and Environmentally Friendly?
Yes. There are many reasons why CleanOxide 99.9% pure Chlorine Dioxide is safe and friendly. Environmentally, the by-products formed when using Chlorine Dioxide are benign. Compare this to chlorinated by-products formed when using Chlorine or Hypochlorite and you can see why so many Pulp and Paper Mills use Chlorine Dioxide. They have virtually eliminated trichloromethanes, chloroacetic acids, chlorinated dioxins and furans from their waste streams, all of which used to pose significant risks in the environment. In its reaction, Chlorine Dioxide oxidizes (removes electrons) other compounds and is itself reduced (gains electrons) to the Chlorite anion (CLO2). Toxicological studies have shown the Chlorine Dioxide and its disinfection by-product, Chlorite, pose no significant risk to human, animal or fish health. Chlorine Dioxide was first introduced for drinking water disinfection in 1944 at the Niagara Falls. Today over 1000 municipal water treatment processes use Chlorine Dioxide.