In February 2009, the National News reported that, the Sheraton Delfina located in Santa Monica, California started using acid water instead of chemicals to clean their hotel rooms. The acid water is electrolyzed with low-voltage electricity creating a powerful and non-toxic cleaning agent. The water ions are converted into sodium hydroxide; which becomes hypochlorous acid and is another name for acid water. Acid water degreases and cleans like a detergent. The switch to acid water created more than $3,500 a month in savings, for the hotel, in cleaning chemicals; and provided an unquantifiable savings in their staff’s health. The maids no longer have to deal with harsh fumes and peeling skin much of which was caused by the chemicals. A house keeper with the hotel, Flor Corona said, “I didn’t believe in it at first because it didn’t have foam or any scent. But I can tell you it works. My rooms are clean.”
Upon testing many scientists assert that acid water is powerful enough to kill anthrax spores, without harming people or the environment. Professor Hen Con Hung, a professor of food-science at the University of Georgia- Griffin, who has been researching electrolyzed water for more than a decade said, “It (acid water) is ten times more effective in killing bacteria and it’s safe for humans and pets.”
The news, however, failed to mention that the machines which are capable of producing this disinfecting acid water; as well as, antioxidant rich drinking water have been used in Asia for nearly four decades. This is great news for chemically sensitive people as well as people who are concerned for their health. These machines, known as water ionizers in the U.S. can be attached to your kitchen faucet or connected underneath the sink for a less cluttered look.
When tap water is run through a water ionizer, it comes into contact with electrolytic plates and is transformed into alkaline ionized water; by a process called “electrolysis”. First the water travels through a charcoal filter where toxins and other contaminants are removed from the water. When filtered water then goes through the electrolysis chamber the water molecule becomes smaller and better able to penetrate the body’s cells. Alkaline ionized water contains negatively charged hydroxyl ions; the negative electrical charge also gives the water antioxidant characteristics which, helps in eliminating toxins from the body. Alkaline ionized water is more hydrating than any other drinking water due to its unique crystal structure. It has a higher pH level (alkalinity) than normal tap or bottled water (usually acidic) so the alkaline water helps the body maintain a more neutral pH level in the body. Alkaline Ionized Water also brings more oxygen to the human brain and the body’s cells enabling us to think better, sleep better and have higher energy levels. A by-product of the machine’s production of Alkaline Ionized Water is the acid water which is separated at the time of electrolysis. The acid water is highly oxidative and therefore acidic; however acid water is not just a useless by-product of the alkalization process.
Water run through a water ionizer is split in two forms: acid and alkaline. Alkaline ionized water has a higher pH level than what is considered neutral, pH 7. As stated previously, a by-product of alkaline ionized water is acid water. Acid water with a pH of 2.7 and lower has been lab tested and proven to kill bacteria such as E.Coli and Staph as well as fungi and other micro-organisms.
In addition to disinfecting, many people use the lower levels of acid water (4.5-6.5 pH) on their skin; where it can diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In Asia, acid water is used in hospitals, clinics, restaurants, food processing areas and even on crops. Joellen Feirtag, a Minnesota food scientist, was skeptical about the ionization technology so, she installed an electrolysis unit (water ionizer) in her laboratory and began conducting researching. She found that acid water killed nasty pathogens like E. coli or Escherichia coli; but was gentle enough to treat her children’s sunburns and acne.