We know it’s bad news for the environment (and our health) to use cleaning products that contain nasty chemicals, but until now, there have not been a lot of viable alternatives. Enter the Activeion ionator – it’s a cleaning product that transforms humble tap water into a super-powered, germ-destroying, dirt-removing dynamo – with absolutely no chemicals. That’s good news for your family, your pets and the environment.

How does a unit use plain tap water and create a powerful cleaning agent? It converts tap water into ionized water. Ionized water is a powerful cleaning product that has been used for a long time in four-star restaurants, food processing plants, and large hotels. The ionater products have simply been scaled down for domestic and semi-industrial use. They use a water cell to apply a slight electrical charge to tap water. The charged water then passes through an ion exchange membrane which creates an oxygen-rich mix of positive and negative nano-bubbles. That ionized water is capable of attracting dirt and bacteria and when sprayed carries a low-level electric field to the surface where the germs may be living. The manufacturer says this low-level electric field ruptures and kills germs which can then be easily wiped away – without leaving any chemical residue.

The ionator HOM

This product has been designed for domestic use and can be used on a range of surfaces - including glass, stainless steel, marble, and carpet or fabrics. It is capable of killing more than 99.9% of bacteria – including E. coli, VRE, Salmonella, MRSA, Pseudomonas, Staph, Listeria and E. coli 0157:H7 and 100% of the H1N1 virus with a six second continuous spray on a non-porous surface. The sleek, small design of the unit makes it easy to handle and store. It is 11 inches tall (28 cms) and the reservoir holds 12 ounces (0.35 liters) of water.

To kill germs on non-porous surfaces, you fill the unit with tap water after pre-cleaning the dirt from the surface with the ionater. You then spray the surface of the area for six seconds at a distance of three-to-four inches (seven-ten centimeters) and then wipe the surface with a clean cloth.

The ionator HOM is powered by built-in rechargeable batteries that are designed to last five plus years in a domestic application. A typical household could use the unit for more than two weeks without a battery re-charge. The unit has a limited one year guarantee and is priced at US$169.

The ionater EXP

The ionator EXP is a larger unit designed for professional cleaning personnel. Like the ionator HOM it also kills more than 99.9% of most harmful bacteria and the H1N1 virus (when used as directed) by ionizing tap water through physics and electrical engineering. Using an ionator XP will save institutions the expense of purchasing and managing vast amounts of chemical cleaners.

The EXP model is 13 inches tall (33 cms) and its reservoir holds 16.9 ounces (0.5 liters) of water. Its built-in rechargeable batteries (which of course do have an environmental impact) are designed to last five plus years in a commercial application, it has a two-year limited warranty and costs US$329.

See Activeion for more details including the ionator Pro model that retails for US$299. You’ll need to add shipping and handling costs for all models.

The units are pricey, but when you consider the savings on cleaning costs not to mention the health benefits for yourself, your family, your pets and the environment, then the pluses may well outweigh the minuses.

Via Core77.