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About Chlorine Dioxide (ClO2)
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Our process uses Chlorine Dioxide (ClO2), which is one of the safest and most effective tools in the odor removal industry today. It can be used as a liquid, a gas or in tandem depending on the recommended protocols. 

Chlorine dioxide eliminates the odors caused by mold and mildew, along with eliminating odors from cigarette smoke, fire smoke, urine, fecal matter, skunk, and rotten food to name a few. It does not merely cover up odors, but penetrates through the surface of organic material, completely eradicating the odor without leaving any artificial fragrance.

Chlorine dioxide is also used as a disinfectant and can effectively kill most microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, algae, viruses, and parasites. ClO2 was utilized in the decontamination of the buildings involved in the 2001 anthrax attacks and was used to eradicate dangerous mold in houses caused by floodwaters after Hurricane Katrina throughout the Gulf Coast. Because of its unique qualities, ClO2 is an effective disinfectant even at low concentrations.

ClO2 is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

ClO2 has also been utilized for over 60 years in our municipal water systems in the prevention of bio-film (the sludge that bacteria grows in). It is powerful enough to kill viruses such as Ebola and influenza but so safe that grocery stores use it in their water supply to spray produce for the prevention of surface bacteria and bio-film. Recently it has also been proven effective in combating bed bugs and killing them at their source. 

Other Ways ClO2 is Used

Chlorine dioxide is used in personal hygiene applications including mouthwash, toothpaste, contact lens cleaners and as an oxidizing biocide compound to treat bad breath. Chlorine dioxide is also used as an antimicrobial agent in water used in poultry processing and to wash fruits and vegetables.

In healthcare environments including hospitals, chlorine dioxide gas is used to sterilize medical and laboratory equipment, surfaces, rooms and tools. Chlorine dioxide is both “safe and effective” at helping to eliminate Legionella bacteria in hospital environments, as well as Legionnaires’ disease, a potentially deadly type of pneumonia caused by the Legionella pneumophila bacteria.

What Exactly is Chlorine Dioxide?

Chlorine dioxide is NOT chlorine! It is very different from elemental chlorine, both in its chemical structure and in its behavior. Chlorine dioxide (ClO2) consists of one chlorine atom and two oxygen atoms. The ClO2 molecule remains a true gas in solution and soluble in virtually anything enabling it to penetrate bacterial slime layers-biofilm.

Chlorine dioxide and its primary by-products, chlorite and chlorate, all break down to sodium chloride, most commonly known as table salt. ClO2 does not produce any toxic or carcinogenic byproducts making chlorine dioxide the most eco-friendly biocide that can be used.

ClO2 is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).