Anti-bacterial wipes & sprays are great to give you a little peace of mind to defend against germs. However, buying them repeatedly over time can really add up in dollars and waste produced.
What if you could make your own disinfectant?
Better yet, what if you could make your own non-toxic disinfectant with just water and table salt that is 99.9% effective at killing germs? Now you can make your own HOCl disinfectant with the Morton GO; Check it out, might be the coolest gadget yet.
What is HOCl anyway?
H is for Hydrogen, O for Oxygen, Cl for Chlorine. HOCl is Hypochlorus acid (not to be confused with HCl Hydrocloric/muriatic acid). Hypochlorus acid is actually found within the white blood cells of your own body naturally. That’s right, HOCl or Hypochlorus acid is what white blood cells create to fight infections. It’s also found in all kinds of products from skin care to household cleaners. It will kill 99.9% of germs on non-porous surfaces and eliminate odors as well.
Ever see those industrial sanitizing companies with the misting machine backpacks and a wand/gun like a Ghostbuster? Often times those solutions they are using are HOCl based.
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How does it work?
The mixture of water & salt along with the electrolyzation process, creates the chemical reaction to create the HOCl solution.
“When an electrical charge is passed through a salt (NaCl) solution, the sodium separates from the chloride. Chloride is negatively charged and is attracted to the positive side of the electrical charge where it bonds with oxygen and hydrogen from the water. It gets converted from Cl- to HOCl, otherwise known as hypochlorous acid.” 1
The Morton GO is a portable device that can lets you make your own HOCl disinfecting solution and apply it as well. The Morton GO device might be the coolest thing since sliced bread. It’s about the size of a travel size hairspray bottle with a pump spray top so it makes for a great travel accessory.
You can create up to 60ml or 2.03oz of disinfecting solution by adding ordinary tap water and table salt.
How to make your own HOCl Disinfectant from ordinary table salt and tap water
Time needed: about 6 min
Step 1: add tap water – add 60ml of ordinary tap water
Step 2: add 0.5g of a teaspoon of salt and shake – Use the supplied measuring spoon to add the 1/16 of a teaspoon or 0.5g of salt to your bottle. Shake it for 10 seconds so the salt dissolves.
Step 3: Plug it in for 3 min – Plug it into a 5v power source using the USB Type-C cable or place it on top of a wireless charger for 3 min to electrolize the mixture. (A standard 5v wall plug. It is recommended not to use a high-speed charger.) You’ll hear an audible chime and the GO will emit a blue light when the unit starts doing its’ thing.
Step 4: It’s Ready! – After 3 min you’ll hear a second audible chime & the blue light will flash on and off 3x to let you know your HOCl disinfectant is ready to use.
You have a multi-surface cleaner solution that is as effective as bleach to kill 99.9% of germs on a multitude of smooth, non-porous surfaces.
It should be mentioned that the HOCl solution is in a temporary state, meaning it will lose effectiveness after a couple of weeks. Thankfully it’s super easy to pour out the solution and make some more!
What’s also worth mentioning is the Morton GO is a sustainable unit. You can use it again and again without producing waste. Just think of all those disposable plastic cleaner solution bottles that go into the trash each day across the globe.
Where can I use this?
The HOCl solution created gives a slight odor of chlorine. Similar to the Chlorine odor you might smell at a pool but much less intense. You can use the HOCl solution to disinfect non-porous surfaces just as you would with other disinfectant sprays but you shouldn’t use this on your hands, (although you certainly can) unless you really love that dry chlorine feeling after you come out of the pool.
That’s a Wrap
In addition to being an effective bleach alternative, the most compelling argument about the Morton GO is that you can take it with you & create more from wherever you end up with just ordinary tap water & table salt. 3 min & you’re good to go.
Morton GO $89.00