Friday, October 9, 2009

Clean Your Office with Ionized Water

I just found out about a new technology by the Tennant Company. It's called ec-H2O and it uses no cleaning chemicals and 70% less water than normally required by traditional scrubbing methods.

Here's a little film on one of their vacuum cleaners.

Here's a film on the hand-held version from Activeion Pro.
It's almost crazy how simple the solution is... just change the attributes of H2O so that it becomes "activated" or charged water that picks up dirt particles. After sprayed, it converts back into water. I'm sure the chemical companies are not so excited about this product, but it's truly innovative and definitely green!

20 comments:

Realtor said...

I think you might want to run the claims, as describe, by a physicist and also consider how environmentally friendly an electrical cleaning system, complete with electric spray bottle "so you don't have to squeeze a trigger" would be. Imparting an electric charge and then discharging it to clean, even if it could work as described, would be an extremely highly energy intensive method of cleaning. Remember, batteries are just storage devices, the electricity has to be produced just like any other electricity. Burn coal to clean your office? I don't think so.

Leigh Stringer (aka Greenette) said...

I understand that batteries use energy. Very good point. However, that must be weighed against a couple of things. 1) the fact that that you don't have to buy bottle after bottle of cleaning fluid, therefore saving hundreds of plastic bottles. You keep using the same one and just filling it with water and 2) you avoid the toxic elements in many cleaners... even if they are safe to humans are not so great for the environment once they leach into the soil. Also note that the most common application of this device is the large industrial version. The traditional industrial option uses just as much energy.

Realtor said...

Reusable spray bottles are cheap and readily available as are many effective and environmentally friendly cleaners in bulk or concentrate to use with them. The electricity is not created by the batteries but by power plants. Batteries store and release the energy and lose a considerable amount on the conversions to and from the stored state. The worse problem here is not just the batteries but that imparting the electrical charge to the water (itself a form of storing electricity)is very, very energy intensive and wasteful. If you could insure that these devices used only solar produced electricity they would be viable, but as long as they use commercially produced electricity they are not. If you do not understand the science that renders this an abysmal environmental option please consult with someone you trust who does. Please ask yourself if you are not being defensive because you have already promoted this product instead of objectively evaluating whether it is an environmentally viable solution.

Leigh Stringer (aka Greenette) said...

Realtor - I ask myself if I am doing the right thing every day and am often confused by what I hear - and yes, change my mind regularly. I certainly appreciate your questioning this product and applaud it. This particular product was shared with me through a third party that I trust and I think it's worth investigating a little more...

Incidentally, if you have a particular product you recommend and think is a better choice for human health and the environment, please recommend it! We welcome all good ideas and thoughts.

Realtor said...

I was directed to your page on this product by someone I know, trust and love; my daughter. She is a highly intelligent woman but apparently doesn't quite understand or didn't question the science cited by the company. Perhaps your friend didn't either.

Aside from the large amount of energy expended to impart an electrical charge to the water molecules there is the fact that the very first thing the positively and negatively charged molecules in the mixture they describe would do is almost instantaneously neutralize each other rendering plain old non-ionized water. Either their description of their own process is in error or the highly energy consuming process simply will not work. A simple explanation of the science follows:

You can actually only ionize (impart a positive or negative charge) an atom. A molecule is ionized only by virtue of one of its atoms being ionized. An ion is simply an atom that has one more, or one fewer, electron than normal. The electron carries a negative charge. One extra gives a negative net charge, one fewer a positive charge. Hydrogen and oxygen share electrons in the water molecule. A molecule made up of an oxygen atom sharing electrons with two hydrogen atoms is water. Any other arrangement simply is not water. Two oxygen and two hydrogen atoms, for instance, is hydrogen peroxide.

In the case of ionized water it is the oxygen atom that loses or gains an electron because the hydrogen atom has only one, very, very tightly bound electron whereas oxygen has eight electrons, six of which are much less tightly bound than hydrogen's single electron.

The mixture they describe then is half water molecules an oxygen atom of which has a "hole" where an electron is missing and half water molecules an oxygen atom of which has an extra electron.

Charged oxygen atoms are very, very highly reactive, particularly with each other. The negatively charged oxygen atom will give up its extra electron to a positively charged oxygen atom's "hole," where it is missing an electron, instantly, upon their coming in proximity to each other producing two neutral, uncharged, oxygen atoms and therefore the two neutral, uncharged plain old water molecules in which they are bound.

Thus the immediate nutralization to plain, uncharged water of a mixture of positively and negatively charged water "nano-bubbles" as described by the company touting these devices.

The damage that positive oxygen ions do to our cells by stealing electrons from their molecules, (That's what oxidation is.) is why we take anti-oxidants and why anti-oxidant rich flavonoids are so good for us. That's another area for discussion of these products.

An example of how readily even non-ionized oxygen atoms combine is the fact that all of the oxygen in our atmosphere, all the oxygen we breath, is molecular: A molecule made up of two oxygen atoms sharing an electron. Atomic oxygen, that is oxygen in the single unbound atom state, is so highly and violently reactive with almost everything that it only can exist for more than an instant in the near vacuum of space where the few atoms are far enough apart so as not to react with each other. Despite the very small number of these atoms they are so reactive that they are rapidly pitting and corroding the leading side of the space station. It is some very nasty stuff.

When oxygen molecules and any of many other kinds of molecules are brought to high temperatures in close proximity to each other the heat energy causes the oxygen molecule to break down into two of these highly reactive unbound oxygen atoms. They instantly combine with the atoms of the other substance releasing a great deal more heat energy which then breaks down more oxygen molecules which in turn instantly combine with more of the other molecules' atoms producing more heat energy and perpetuating the process often until all of the other substance is consumed having been converted to heat energy and free oxidized atoms. We call this process "fire."

Anonymous said...

We are using this in our office now and to put it simply its the single best product AI have ever seen. takes fingerprints off stainless steel, glass, cleans marker boards better than anything we've used in the past and simply uses water and electricity. Sure the electricity comes from a coal power plant but compare the emissions from that plant vs all the emissions to produce ship and distribute normal chemical cleaners, itisn't even close.

water ionizers said...

Alkaline water is the better anti-oxidant. Unlike chemical anti-oxidants found in our food supplements, alkaline water carries with hydrogen, that is responsible for supplying energy to the body, and oxygen, that supplies life component of the cells.

My Kangen Power said...

Very interesting. Other water ionizers, like the Kangen water machines, can make different kinds of water as well, including water that's very healthy for drinking.

maureen said...

I have researched and I encourage anyone interested to do so as well. I have found Enagic's devices to be the most reputable knowing also that it is the only devices approved by over 6500 physician. globalkangen website will help you learn.

randy said...

Realtor must own allot of stock in the chemical world. Realtor seems very defensive with a truly disruptive technology that will soon replace chemicals in the home and business. Realtor does not seem to mind that chemicals have probably caused more problems than tobacco, like autism, cancer, etc...In California alone last year 2.8 billion dollars on workman comp due from chemicals...Maybe Realtor should keep to real estate and let the scientist continue to develop technology to rid us from harmful chemicals.

Anonymous said...

http://www.epa.gov/gcc/pubs/docs/award_entries_and_recipients2008.pdf

page 51.

David said...

I just got my ionized sprayer, and I am FLABBERGASTED as to how well it works! I've been flitting around the house cleaning everything. I'm MOST impressed by the immediate removal of the stains on my carpet! CRAZY!

kramer7 said...

I own a commercial cleaning company, www.eco7.info, and have tested the Activeion product extensively and IT WORKS! We used an ATP meter to gauge results and tested it against a general purpose cleaner.....Activeion performed 400% better than the chemical.

kerrie said...

Maureen, I am quite surprised to hear that your decision in choosing a water ionizing unit is influenced by the opinion of physicians, being that they are part of an industry trying to run us into the ground. Personally I would be less likely to trust a product endorsed by anyone under the influence of pharmaceutical companies. I would be much more likely to trust first-hand advice from members of the general population. It doesn't take an expert to sense when the body is experiencing benefits.
I think it is necessary to shift away from the mindset that doctors know best. They are, afterall, just regular people - sometimes with an agenda.
We, as a populus, need to move towards placing trust in Mother Nature. Let's get away from the chemicals!

Anonymous said...

Kerrie, I am disturbed to see that you distrust(apparently) "all doctors," especially considering they are, as you stated, just "regular people" too (and, not for nothing, some regular people can be quite stupid without the proper education). Not all of them are influenced the pharmaceutical industry. I don't know what kind of experiences you have had but I have the had the pleasure of knowing many doctors that do have an "agenda." That "agenda" is to save lives in the most natural way and not rely so heavily on medications. I can honestly say, that because of these doctors my family and I are rarely sick (maybe just a minor cold here and there, about twice a year, that only lasts for 1-3 days) and the only pill we take is a multivitamin. Maybe you should look into doctors who focus on more preventative measures than just treatments alone. Our doctors believe that chemicals do more harm than good and would approve of this type of cleaning solution.

Maureen, I applaud you for checking with your doctor; because I always do. Most of the time, their expertise can only add value to our daily decisions. Especially considering this is something that directly affects you and your family. Your decision to check with them shows your open-mindedness and proves that you do your research. We need more people like you in our society.

Anonymous said...

george. Simply put, this product works...........Everyone should have one.

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Anonymous said...

I realize this thread is several years old, but I have just recently started to research this product. I am a little saddened that you listed to that Realtor person as well. How utterly absurd that this person claims that batteries are only storage devices used to store electricity from power plants. Batteries function via a chemical reaction, and it has absolutely nothing to do with the electricity produced at power plants. The idea of little tiny batteries running through some sort of conveyor belt to receive their tiny store of electricity at some huge power plant makes me both chuckle and weep for our future is eggheads like Realtor believe in such an image. Sheesh.

And, for the record, all the scientific information (that which is found on websites that aren't selling anything and have provided clear, objective experimental information about the products by comparing them to the performance of traditional cleaners) that I've found is highly supportive of such devices. It seems that only the forums filled with lots of ignorant laypeople are knocking this technology as "snake oil." I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but it sure seems suspicious to me...have we all be so programmed by our culture and the government that we can't fathom a genuine alternative to caustic chemicals to clean our houses?

Anonymous said...

I'm not a chemist, but I've been managing professional cleaning companies for more than a decade & have been in this industry since 1987. I had the opportunity to test this product recently & was very impressed with the results. In particular, one test really blew me away. I brought the unit to a church(Since the building was nearly empty on a weekday) to see what I could find to try it out on. After asking the administrator if she would mind my demoing a new product in their building, she was intrigued & asked to accompany me. She showed me several carpet stains around the altar from red wine. I sprayed the stains with the Ionator & blotted them with a clean white towel. To my amazement, the stains were almost entirely removed with the first few blots. The daycare room is of course an area where there is a lot of concern as to what chemicals are used. my customers were extremely eager to get an Ionator in their building. Anyone who has purchased industrial cleaning chemicals for a janitorial company can appreciate the huge savings in chemical costs, shipping fees, the hassles of keeping an inventory in multiple account properties, etc... Not to mention keeping updated MSDS books, training new employees to properly mix & use multiple chemicals. constantly replace multiple spray bottles & labels. I definitely recommend trying this product. I'm sure you'll be as impressed as I am. -Jon L.

Earl Finnegan said...

I've found a place that does commercial cleaning in Seattle that's completely green! They've been a real life saver.

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