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April 21, 2010

Activeion's ionator products use tap water to disinfect and clean surfaces

Activeion's ionator products use tap water to disinfect and clean surfaces

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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.

Activeion's ionator products use tap water to disinfect and clean surfaces

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.

Activeion's ionator products use tap water to disinfect and clean surfaces

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.

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16 Comments

Wonder if a similiar process could be applied to treating blood borne infections, etc?

Facebook User
21st April, 2010 @ 06:58 am PDT

So cool!

Don Dillon
21st April, 2010 @ 08:03 am PDT

I am a bit dubious and would have to see some studies on it effectiveness and cost/benefit. Slick looking product.

from http://www.chem1.com/CQ/ionbunk.html

"Electrolyzed oxidizing water" ("EO" water)

This term is commonly applied to the products of "water ionizing" machines when the marketing focus is on bactericidal properties, rather than on the false claims about the health benefits of alkaline drinking water.

As is explained above, these electrolysis devices produce what amounts to a dilute solution of sodium hypochlorite, similar to what can be obtained by diluting some ordinary laundry bleach such as Clorox to the point at which the odor is no longer noticeable. If this is made slightly acidic (by addition of some vinegar or lemon juice, for example), then most of the hypochlorite ion is in the form of hypochlorous acid, which is a bactericide and is the active product produced when chlorine is used to disinfect drinking water.

The only real issues here are

* Is it worth purchasing an expensive electrolysis device to generate the same mixture than one can get perhaps several hundred gallons of by diluting a $1.49 bottle of home laundry bleach?

* Is this stuff any more effective for purposes such as disinfecting vegetables and foods than by simply washing with ordinary water, or with water acidified by vinegar or lemon juice?

* Do you really want your food to come into contact with an oxidizing agent that can react with some of the organic components to produce potentially carcinogenic by-products? (This is, of course, one argument against the use of chlorine to disinfect waters containing a lot of organic material)?

So while "EOW" may have some legitimacy as a disinfectant, I consider it somewhat deceptive when promoters tout it (as some do) as a special, "chemical-free" disinfectant. See also this Food Quality article.

Electrolytic "bleach generators" are legitimate devices for use in industrial and institutional settings in which large quantities disinfectant are required. They are considered a "green" alternative to shipping or handling chlorine gas (dangerous) or hypochlorite solutions (mostly water, and thus heavy). In early 2009, a widely-reprinted article by an LA Times reporter touted the use of machines that produce this "miracle water". But for home use, it hardly seems economical; one could probably buy a supply of laundry bleach that would last several lifetimes for the cost of a "water ionizer"!

Tennant's untenable claims

The Tennant Company is a long-established and reputable manufacturer of industrial cleaning equipment. It is sad to see them descend into silly junk science in pushing their new "ech2o" technology which they say

works by unlocking the vast amounts of energy stored in the water molecule H2O...creating highly oxygenated micro-bubbles. ...the oxygenated water is sent through a water cell where an electric current is applied. Flowing out of the water cell is highly charged, acidic and alkaline water with all the attributes of a powerful cleaner. [link]

Give me a break! "Vast amounts of energy stored in H2O"? "Highly oxygenated"? (How highly?) It sounds impressive, but what does oxygen have to do with cleaning, other than reducing the water surface tension by a minute amount, probably less than is produced by the electrolytes they have to add to electrolyze the water? And how can water (or any bulk matter) violate the electroneutrality principle and carry a significant electric charge? Finally, have any of these people passed high school chemistry, where they would learn what happens when you mix "acidic and alkaline water"? Their patent application, with its references to EOW, describes their "electrolytic sparging" device which suggests to me that this is just another form of a "water ionizer". But in fairness, recent research does has shown that tiny nanobubbles of oxygen can be formed during electrolysis, and there is some evidence that they may be able to attach to hydrophobic surfaces and thus exert some kind of a detergent-like action.

So maybe their new machine does clean better and greener, but it is too bad that their marketing people feel the need to put out this silly hype; why not some actual performance results instead? Tennant's engineers must be cringing at having to be associated with this kind of garbage.

Active ions clean up!

The dubious Tennant technology described above bears a strong similarity to to this ActiveIonâ„¢ hand-held cleaning device which "frees you from chemicals". Their "Science of Activeionâ„¢" page says that the device adds an electrical charge to tap water, resulting in an "oxygen-rich mixture of positive and negative nanobubbles" which "attracts dirt like a magnet". But another page tells us that the charge is applied to the dirt, breaking it down and loosening it from the cleaning surface. I have no idea of whether the product is any more effective than an ordinary detergent or whether it will work with pure water, but the rather dubious hype they invoke does leave me highly skeptical.

Jess Wheeler
21st April, 2010 @ 08:16 am PDT

The reason for industrial use of this type of product is to reduce cost of handling/shipping chlorine gas (dangerous) or hypochlorite solutions (mostly water, and thus heavy). Home users can get the same solution in a much more economical way by adding bleach to water.

Robin Chen
21st April, 2010 @ 10:27 am PDT

Who's to say that in 5 years it isn't discovered that ionized water gives us Cancer?

Peter Clifford
21st April, 2010 @ 12:43 pm PDT

I applaud the good direction and intention but WHY proprietary batteries??! Just for the sake of the very environment you want to preserve make it to work with AA rechargeables. You obviously want the unit to end up in a dump after five years of operation (or earlier if the proprietary charger get lost).

nehopsa
21st April, 2010 @ 03:11 pm PDT

If this takes off, imagine the quantum leap in chemical companies bottom lines, along with more folks having to find new employment d;-)

Jetwax
21st April, 2010 @ 03:34 pm PDT

How does this product help the economy in any way? I mean all the disinfectant companies will close down?

Chris7527
22nd April, 2010 @ 11:14 am PDT

"As is explained above, these electrolysis devices produce what amounts to a dilute solution of sodium hypochlorite,"

So it won't work with water passed through a carbon block filter that removes most of the chlorine put into most municipal tap water?

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22nd April, 2010 @ 02:53 pm PDT

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Facebook User
22nd April, 2010 @ 10:28 pm PDT

Jess Wheeler,

Thou knowest thy subject matter and orate it quite well my friend! I'm thinking that this technology could also work excellent on all the bugs on my flowers instead of insecticides. Maybe even vegetables if it's not too harmful to the human body. I hope it succeeds

Will, the tink
23rd April, 2010 @ 11:10 am PDT

Save yourselves a ton of money and add a teaspoon of bleach to a squirtbottle of water. Or not, if you like giving money to other people.

TheRogueJay
30th April, 2010 @ 12:53 pm PDT

I concur with Jess Wheeler. MAYBE it has some effectiveness but if so, the explanation as to why is completely bogus. Want some "ionized" water? Take a gallon of tap water and drop a teaspoon or so of salt into it. If you don't believe it's "ionized", you can prove it for yourself. Take a gallon of "deionized" water, and try to run some (low-voltage, please!) electricity through it. Then take some of the water you prepared as above and run electricity through it. Ionized? Yup.

Jeroboam Q. Pustule
8th July, 2010 @ 10:46 pm PDT

This unit is expensive snake oil.

The comments here are right on target regarding "ionization" and bleach cleaning. Just another gadget for the rich and science ignorant.

I also refuse to buy anything that requires proprietary batteries... more stuff for the landfill.

matthew.rings
3rd August, 2010 @ 04:56 pm PDT

i like this spray bottle. [ionater] pl. suggest me, advise me where can i get this bottle. kindly do the needful thnx.

Fazil Khan
7th February, 2013 @ 08:45 am PST

I got a few but technology and company is capped for chemicals sake!

Giorgos Michaelides
10th November, 2013 @ 03:24 pm PST
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