Oxidation: 101

Oxidation: 101





If you own any o3waterworks products or just subscribe to our Instagram page and like to read the occasional email from us, then you’ve witnessed the cleaning and deodorizing power of Aqueous Ozone. But perhaps you’re still wondering, “How exactly does it actually clean?” 

The answer comes in one word: Oxidation. 

In simple terms, oxidation takes place when Aqueous Ozone attacks the cellular wall of whatever it is you are trying to clean. The Ozone breaks down the cell wall, agitating and eventually killing the cell. This makes whatever you are trying to clean more soluble and more easily removed. 

Say, for example, you spill some ketchup on your carpet. The ketchup is made of cells that are binding to the fibers in your carpet. Now think of the ketchup cells as a fortress. The Ozone from your Sanitizing Spray Bottle acts as a missile, penetrating that fortress wall. Once the fortress wall is compromised, everything inside is more easily destroyed.

In more scientific terms, the Ozone, which is comprised of three loosely held oxygen molecules, is adding an oxygen molecule to the stain you are trying to clean. By adding that oxygen molecule, you are changing the composition of your stain and breaking it down.The same type of oxidation takes place with bleach, chlorine and hydrogen peroxide – all common household cleaners that also contain harmful chemicals.

Aqueous Ozone is the strongest, fastest acting oxidizer that you can use safely. It has the same effects as those other oxidizers without using chemicals that are toxic to your lungs and damaging to your home. Why risk discoloring your carpet with bleach or releasing chlorine into your home’s air when you can accomplish the same thing, with just water?

If you haven’t already, witness the power of Aqueous Ozone for yourself.




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