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December 2012 Cover Story

Cleaning Power Begins When Lightning Strikes

Aqueous ozone can solve many of today's cleaning challenges by harnessing the power of nature and without introducing harsh formulations into the environment.

December 03, 2012
KEYWORDS aqueous / cleaners / oxygen / ozone
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Other Natural Cleaning Options

One proposed cleaning solution is ionized bubbles or nanobubbles — tiny gas bubbles in water from 10 to 100 nanometers in diameter.

To form nanobubbles, water flows through a cell that applies a slight electrical charge.

An ion exchange membrane creates positively and negatively charged nanobubble cleaning agents that are best used for glass, stainless steel and other smooth surfaces.

Another natural cleaning solution,electrolyzed water, is usually produced by the electrolysis of ordinary tap water containing dissolved sodium chloride.

Mixing saltwater with low-voltage electricity creates effective cleaning and sanitizing agents.

Sodium ions are converted into sodium hydroxide, an alkaline liquid that cleans and degreases as well as a hypoclorous solution, which kills germs.

It is used for surface cleaning and sanitization, especially on food preparation surfaces.

Steam vapor cleaning is a common option where water is heated past its boiling point and turns into vapor.

The vapor is forced out through a nozzle, which can be directed at the surface to be cleaned.

This natural cleaning system works on pulling dirt and grime from carpet, drapes and upholstery as well as hard surfaces.

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