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Immerse-A-Clean wand creates a cleanser from tap water

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October 23, 2013

The Immerse-A-Clean wand is said to be much more portable than existing 'bleach generators...

The Immerse-A-Clean wand is said to be much more portable than existing 'bleach generators'

Janitors and other people who do large-scale cleaning certainly don't have an easy job. Among other things, they have to lug around heavy bottles of bleach or other cleansers, then risk the harmful effects of those products when using them. Texas-based GenEon Technologies, however, is now offering an alternative. The company's Immerse-A-Clean wand can reportedly turn regular tap water into an effective sanitizer, glass- and general-purpose cleaner, using nothing other than electricity and a non-toxic catalyst.

First of all, so-called "bleach generators" have been around for years. These use a weak electrical current to electrolyze the salt content in ordinary water, producing sodium hypochlorite – the most common germ-killing ingredient in bleach.

According to GenEon, however, these units are generally quite large, and require an electrical outlet. This means that users have to go to them. The Immerse-A-Clean, by contrast, is compact, portable and battery-powered (although it can also be plugged in). Users carry it with them, filling up a wash bucket or other receptacle from a nearby tap as needed, then sticking in the wand and generating a cleanser on the spot within minutes.

If used with nothing but water, the wand is able to create straight-up ionized water – the same "bleach" produced by other bleach generators. That said, GenEon's Christina Ganzer tells us, "Because we use a different technology, our solutions are much more stable, have a longer shelf-life, devices have a much, much better up-time, and the 'bleaching' effect is achieved with a neutral pH solution, so you can actually use it without the worry of ruining clothing or furniture, etc."

By adding a catalyst consisting of a proprietary blend of minerals, a more effective, grease-cutting cleanser is the result. That solution has been tested at the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at the University of Massachusetts, which reportedly concluded that "it performs as well or better than the leading cleaners and degreasers on dirt, grime and soil when used as directed."

Additionally, according to GenEon, using the wand will be much less expensive than buying ready-made cleansers, over time.

The company plans to have the Immerse-A-Clean wand available for purchase by late in the first quarter of next year, at a target price of US$1,500.

Source: GenEon Technologies

UPDATE: GenEon has provided us with an updated estimated retail price of approximately $1,995 to $2,100.

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
7 Comments

Perhaps they should incorporate this tech into dishwashers and washing machines. If it adds $1500 though to the cost...

BigBobOz
23rd October, 2013 @ 01:58 pm PDT

According to GenEon, using the wand will be much less expensive than buying ready-made cleansers, over time.

What pay-back time are they reckoning? Let me see......$2000 worth of bleach. Hmm. That should be a few years worth!

A catalyst is a substance that assists a chemical reaction without being depleted. it sounds from the article that the substance is a solution, therefore it is not a catalyst. I can't imagine something solid acting as a degreaser.

There are quite a lot of steam cleaning gadgets on the market. This device seems to be very expensive for what it achieves.

David Colton Clarke
24th October, 2013 @ 03:59 am PDT

"By adding a catalyst consisting of a proprietary blend of minerals, a more effective, grease-cutting cleanser is the result"

I always thought a catalyst was an inert chemical that promoted a reaction. But looking at the website it uses a mixture of water and "natural minerals" ... doesn't sound like a catalyst to me

ihateorange
24th October, 2013 @ 06:05 am PDT

I think this is one of the best inventions I have come across on this portal.

Imagine what it could achieve for areas that have bad hygeine, that are remote to transport large disinfectant solutions. It would naturally play a massive assistance in relieve aid programmes, be it in war zones, natural disasters, or simply ensuring disease's are not spread further.

Harpal Sahota.

Harpal Sahota
24th October, 2013 @ 06:25 am PDT

Water electrolysis uses natural minerals as catalysts to make SAFE cleaning fluids that are more effective and considerably more healthy than bleach and other nasties. What price your health or that of your people, pets and places?

The Immerse-A-Clean is geared to commercial operations - it makes juice in different size containers such as buckets, auto-scrubbers, and jerrycans. It is fully portable - a far cry from plumbed in or reticulated systems in use in major hotels, hospitals and schools across the globe.

GenEon offers smaller (commercial & domestic) users a "fun-size" option with the Trio at under $400. Remembering that the technology makes cleaners that do everything from toilet bowls, to barbecues, showers, glass, stainless steel and food prep areas! It pays for itself quickly.

Harpal Sahota's comment above is positive and enlightening - how good would it be to get this technology in a solar powered format for use in hardship areas? It's already being tested!

Les Miles
24th October, 2013 @ 09:34 pm PDT

I thought it was too expensive at $1500, then they jumped it to $1995 to $2100 and completely lost my interest in it.

Bobbafet
29th October, 2013 @ 01:42 pm PDT

This is a pretty good thing, sure cost is high but its not really geared for at home cleaning, where this would be best is, as Les Miles said, in commercial operations. I think something like this could easily pay for itself in the first year, if your running a business and are looking to invest your capital into money saving ventures, something that pays itself back in a year or even two max would be great.

And then theres the "green" angle, no chemicals or pollutants, its pretty much natural... suuuurreee i hear you guys saying that the electricity was made in some coal plant but come on. The point im trying to make is its something that a company can use to promote its image, that it doesn't use chemicals. or that a hotel doesn't use chemicals for cleaning etc etc.

I also think the price is in line with what higher income households might be willing to pay for whatever piece of mind a device like this might bring to cleaning their home, health wise... just as long as the help can figure out how to use it!

Lastly i found this article informative as i didnt know that electrolysis of water yielded sodium hypochlorite, that's pretty cool!

Arahant
4th November, 2013 @ 01:27 pm PST
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