How Ozone Disinfection Works

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What Is Ozone

Ozone occurs quite readily in nature, most often as a result of lightning strikes that occur during thunderstorms. In fact the “fresh, clean, spring rain” smell that we notice after a storm most often results from nature’s creation of ozone. However, we are probably most familiar with ozone from reading about the “ozone layer” that circles the planet above the earth’s atmosphere. Here ozone is created by the sun’s ultra-violet rays. This serves to protect us from the ultra-violet radiation.

Ozone, (O3), sometimes called “activated oxygen”, contains three atoms of oxygen rather than the two atoms we normally breathe. Ozone is the second most powerful disinfectant in the world and can be used to destroy bacteria, viruses and odours.

When used in a laundry application ozone disinfects the wash water and everything in the wash water

It is for this reason that the application of ozone in laundry has gained rapid international acceptance over conventional laundry methods which require substantial amounts of hot water.

It's a No-Brainer

Ozone is more effective than hot water and chlorine in destroying viruses and bacteria.

How Ozone Disinfection Works

EnviroSaver uses the ozone manufacturing technique known as a ‘corona discharge’ – by sending a spark through a stream of oxygen.

The electricity produces arcs that come into contact with the oxygen (O2) that splits oxygen molecules into single oxygen atoms. The separate atoms then attach themselves to other oxygen molecules (O2) thus creating ozone (O3).

Compared to UV ozone systems, corona discharge systems create much more ozone at a higher concentration by weight, making them better suited for commercial and high-volume applications such as laundry disinfection systems.

How Ozone Kills Bacteria & Viruses

The third oxygen atom of ozone makes it extremely reactive. This makes it the second most powerful disinfectant in the world. Ozone attacks most organic soils and kills bacteria 3200 times faster than chlorine bleach.

Ozone destroys viruses by diffusing through the protein coat into the nucleic acid core, resulting in damage of the viral RNA. At higher concentrations, ozone destroys the exterior protein shell by oxidation.

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