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Force of Nature disinfectant is one of the safest and most effective disinfectants registered with the EPA.  Its ingredients are hypochlorous acid and 0.0000003% sodium hydroxide.  In March 2020, it was added to the EPA list of approved disinfectants for use against COVID-19.  I don’t recommend using it as an everyday cleaner.  For more information, read below.

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There is a difference between disinfectants and cleaners.  Cleaners are designed to remove dirt and germs.  Disinfectants are supposed to kill germs.  By nature, disinfectants can’t be benign because they are killers.  Some are safer than others, though.  Most disinfectants work on clean and non-porous surfaces.  And the surface must remain wet for a certain period.  Read the instructions.

Force of Nature is a disinfectant and should be used accordingly.  I don’t recommend using it as an everyday cleaner.  Among other things, growing up in a sterile environment is linked to autoimmune disorders.

In a way, hypochlorous acid (HOCl) is a form of chlorine. It’s also called electrolyzed water. During the electrolysis of the solution of vinegar, salt, and water, hypochlorous acid (electrolyzed water) forms.  For your reference, the chemical name of common household chlorine bleach is sodium hypochlorite (NaClO).

The concentration of chlorine present in electrolyzed water is usually over 10 thousand times less than in household bleach.  To be on the safe side, Force of Nature states that “Those individually allergic to chlorine should avoid direct contact as it may cause irritation with symptoms of redness, itching, and swelling.”

In medical settings, hypochlorous acid is safe enough to be commonly used on open wounds and people’s faces.  You can read more about that here and here.

Hypochlorous acid is one of the most effective disinfectants for the reduction and removal of foodborne pathogens. The EPA lists one hypochlorous acid-based disinfectant (called Costeuau) in the list of COVID-19-approved disinfectants. It says that the surface must remain wet for 10 minutes.

To learn about my favorite all-purpose cleaner and how it compares to Mrs. Meyer’s, Method, and Puracy, please take a look at my blog post about safe cleaning products.