I’ve read plenty of articles about alternatives to the typical cleaning products that weasel their ways into most homes. Vinegar, borax, baking soda… but something as simple as salt and water? Too good to be true right? According to this article in the L.A. Times the other day, not only does such a solution work, but people have been using it in Japan and Russia for years.
Unfortunately it’s not as easy as reaching for your table NaCl, and a glass of water. As the article explains, an electric current is necessary to scramble the ions of the mixture, which means it will have an expiration date. The concoction can’t just sit around under your kitchen sink and retain potency for years.
The benefits of this simple solution are numerous.
“It’s 10 times more effective than bleach in killing bacteria,” said Yen-Con Hung, a professor of food science at the University of Georgia-Griffin, who has been researching electrolyzed water for more than a decade. “And it’s safe.”
So why don’t we hear more about this wonder cleaner? The wonders and versatility of bleach are exalted in commercials all the time, but we hear nothing of electrolyzed salt water. And yet it’s being used to kill germs and odors in Japanese taxis and on sushi, and to clean hotel rooms in a Santa Monica Sheraton!
If the only drawbacks are figuring out how to make machines for electrolyzed water more affordable and commonplace, and educating people on how to use them and how to monitor the strength of the solution, then I don’t personally see why this idea should be postponed any longer.
We need to stop being so complacent about what we spritz throughout our homes, around our children and pets, around our selves. No wonder health issues are rampant (but don’t worry there’s a pill for everything, right?) Just because colorful bottles of chemicals are forced upon us in advertisements doesn’t mean we need them, and doesn’t mean they are real solutions.
Via The L.A. Times