Ozone is being used everyday in our fight for a cleaner and healthier life. You may be surprised as to how many individuals and industries choose ozone as a trusted disinfectant, as well as some of the applications in which ozone can be used. Here are eight reasons why we love using ozone as a natural disinfectant, and some reasons why you should too.
Ozone is a compound formed with three oxygen atoms. Ozone is most abundantly found in the Earth’s stratosphere where it blocks a lot of the sun’s harmful UV rays. Ozone can be produced at ground-level and in our atmosphere most predominately when there is a major lightning storm. The distinctive smell produced after a storm is of ozone that has been produced from the lightning strikes. With advancements made in technology, engineers have been able to reproduce the effects that lightning and UV light have on oxygen molecules, and produce ozone on demand and in varying concentrations. Now, harnessing the disinfecting properties of ozone at home, in the workplace, or on the go has never been simpler.
Cleaner Water at Home
Cities and townships across the world have been using ozone to disinfect local water supplies safely and effectively for decades now. It has been reported that ozone is more effective at cleaning water of harmful organic material than chlorine, by a large margin. Arguably best of all, ozone disinfects water without the need of harmful chemicals, leaving the water free of the strong chemical smell or taste. Ozone treated water is 100% safe to drink, clean dishes with, shower with, and even wash laundry with. Because of the disinfecting properties of ozone, you can have cleaner clothes and dishes after washing them with ozone treated water, without the need of regular amounts of soap, saving you time and money in the long run.
Eliminates Smells and Odors
Ozone not only gets rid of contaminates like germs and viruses, but is also able to eliminate odor causing bacteria and gases. For many years, ozone has been used in part as a step in flood and fire restoration, to rid homes and vehicles of smoke and mold damage. If left untreated, smoke and mold can cause serious health issues. Ozone offers a safe and effective treatment for these types of home and car restoration. Ozone can also be used as a preventative measure against common household and automotive odors. For example, keeping the inside of a fridge smelling fresh, eliminating cigarette smells from cars or rooms, clearing bad smells in the washroom or kitchen, and general air purification in every room or enclosed space.
Ozone Preserves Food Longer
Most of us know that feeling of reluctantly throwing out food that has spoiled in the fridge before getting a chance to eat the food. Food waste is a very common and expensive issue. Luckily with ozone, you can hold onto that food a little longer. Ozone is able to attach to and kill food spoiling bacteria. It is commonly used by food processing factories during the packaging process, to safely increase the shelf life of the food without the need of added substances or chemicals. Ozone can also be used at home in your fridge to extend the life of chilled fruits and vegetables.
Gets Rid of Airborne Contaminates
Ozone has the ability to attach to and kill airborne contaminates as well as those on surfaces. All around us at any given time, there could be millions of microbes, bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites floating through the air, and landing on items that we use everyday. This is why it is so important to wash our hands, because those viruses and bacteria that land on everyday items become easily attached to our hands and enter our bodies, making us sick or worse. As a form of preventative healthcare, you can quite easily kill those viruses and bacteria before giving them a chance to enter your body and make you or your family unwell. Ozone is able to catch and kill all types of viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, and other harmful organisms both in the air and after they have settled.
Safe Disinfection of Personal Protective Equipment
In recent years, there has been a significant fare up of personal protective equipment (PPE) being worn by health professionals and everyday people. Examples of PPE are face masks , face shields, gloves, biohazard body suits, medical gowns and aprons, among other things. These forms of PPE are essential in our protection against viruses, germs and other pathogens from entering our body or covering our clothes and skin. Ozone is being utilized for its disinfecting properties to safely sanitize PPE when being disposed of to limit the risk of cross-contamination of the dangerous microbes.
Leaves No Chemical Residue
Many common cleaning products, air fresheners and sanitizers use harmful, toxic chemicals to kill bacteria. While being somewhat effective at killing the bacteria, these types of cleaning products pose other health issues, such as leaving behind toxic residues after being used, strong chemical smells, and posing other risks involved in the storage of these types of products. Ozone on the other hand is a much more effective and a safer disinfectant than its alternatives. Ozone does not leave any toxic residues after it is used, nor does it leave a heavy long-lasting smell. Ozone is also produced on demand by an ozone generator, meaning the storage is much safer than having a cabinet filled with harmful chemicals.
Where some cleaners, especially those in the concentrated form, are very dangerous even to handle without proper protective equipment, ozone posses no such threat and is much safer to handle. It is safe for ozone to come in direct contact with skin without causing any serious skin irritations or reactions. Ozone is strictly regulated in most countries to be under a certain concentration if being used in a home, office or worksite. Because of these regulations, engineers and manufactures must meet strict guidelines when producing ozone generators, limiting if necessary the ozone output of these devices. Meaning the ozone produced by most ozone generators will meet the respective country’s guidelines, ensuring that the level of ozone produced is completely safe for use in the home, office, workplace or anywhere within a space occupied by people.
Ozone has been used for many years for its effective disinfecting properties. Over the years, technology has continued to advance and engineers continue to produce safer, more effective devices to produce ozone for whatever and wherever it is needed. Ozone is a much safer and effective alternative to a lot of other traditional chemical-based disinfectants and sanitizers. Ozone can be used universally, for cleaning the air, water and surfaces we use everyday, making the world we live in a healthier and safer place to call home.