Chlorine Dioxide for Household Uses
CHLORINE DIOXIDE FOR HOUSEHOLD USES
We must preface this article with the statement that none of our products are registered with the E.P.A. Therefore we cannot claim that any of our products kill, disinfect or sanitize in any way. Our CD Kits are sold as surface treatments, to clean, deodorize, and promote a healthier environment. This article is for informational and educational use. I will add to it as I have time, and would welcome any uses you may have that are not listed here.
Chlorine DIoxide can replace a variety of cleaning products currently found in most households. Chlorine based products can create other toxic byproducts , and many anti bacterial products can create germs that are more resistant to drugs. Detergents can contain chemicals and toxins that people may be sensitive to.
Chlorine DIoxide is a sensible alternative to cleaning with many of these products.
More information on the characteristics and applications for Chlorine Dioxide are readily available on the Internet. Companies such as DuPont, Lenntech, and Oxychem specialize in Chlorine DIoxide products and applications for drinking water, use as a sterilizer and disinfectant, food and agriculture, removal of biohazards, and more.
KVlabs standard 4 oz CD-Kit will contain about 2400 drops. A drop is usually between 1/20th and 1/25th of a milliliter.
Using the activators and stoichiometric ratios for our CD-Kits, 3 drops of each Part A and Part B, activated for 30 seconds will usually produce between 25 and 35 ppm of Chlorine Dioxide in 4 oz (120ml) of distilled water.
There will always be variables to take into consideration, so this is to be used as a general guide. If exact measures are needed, you can test your solution with Chlorine Dioxide test strips. These are available through Amazon and Grainger supply.
Most applications will require activation. This is done by first adding drops of sodium chlorite solution (Part-A) in the bottom of a small glass or plastic container. Add to this equal amounts of the activator solution (Part-B). Make sure the 2 parts mix. As activation occurs, the resulting solution will turn from pale yellow, to a darker amber. Activation time is 3 minutes. The container should be made from glass, HDPE plastic, or PET plastic. Most of the surface applications use a 15 ppm mild solution. An 8 or16 oz plastic spray bottle will work great for most applications.
Hard Surface Treatment
Counter Tops, Sinks, Shower, Tile, Tub, Toilet Rim, etc
FOR A THOROUGH CLEANING OF HARD SURFACES
STRONG SOLUTION (approx 150 ppm CLO2)
To get your hard surfaces sparkling clean, odor free, and environmentally friendly, activate 18 drops of sodium chlorite solution with 18 drops of the activator solution (Part B). Allow to activate for 3 minutes. Add 8 oz (240 ml) of distilled water. Spray or wipe the solution on your hard surfaces, allow to stand for 10 minutes then wipe or rinse off. You may also use this solution on mold and mildew, shower mats, and shower curtains, and garbage receptacles. This is a strong solution, and the smell will be noticeable. Care should be taken not to use in small contained areas. The left over solution can be diluted for other applications such as daily cleaning solution., or can be stored in a dark cabinet and used for up to 20 days.
FOR DAILY CLEANING OF HARD SURFACES
MILD SOLUTION (approx 15 ppm CLO2)
For day to day wiping down of clean areas, a mild solution of CLO2 can be made. Just activate 8 drops of Part A with 8 drops of Part B, and allow it to activate for 3 minutes, and add 16 oz of water.Just spray directly on surface, and wipe off, no rinsing necessary You can use this mild solution daily for counter tops, sinks, walls, cutting boards, garbage receptacles and more. This solution will prevent odors, and keep the area environmentally friendly. You can also soak your sponges and kitchen utensils in any leftover solution to keep them fresh and clean, or it can be stored in a dark cabinet and used for up to 20 days
Vegetable Rinse, Environmental Cleaning
VERY MILD SOLUTION (approx 5 ppm CLO2)
Prepare a rinse for your vegetables to wash of pesticides, and chemicals used in processing.
Activate 9 drops of Part A with 9 drops of Part B for each one gallon of water. Allow to activate 3 minutes before adding to water Use this solution to rinse or dip your veggies in. Allow to soak for 1 minute, Rinse well, cook and enjoy!
CUTTING BOARD, KITCHEN UTENSILS, FOOD PREP EQUIPMENT
MILD SOLUTION (approx 15 ppm CLO2)
Cutting boards, Counter tops, Kitchen Utensils, and Food prep equipment can be kept clean and environmentally friendly using the mild 15 ppm solution. This is made by activating 8 drops of Part A & Part B and adding it to 8 oz of distilled water
Simply spray or wipe on, and that's it. No rinsing required. No toxic byproducts left behind.
COFFEE POTS, HOME BREWERIES, ICE MAKER WATER LINES
(MILD SOLUTION (approx 15 ppm CLO2)
The same mild solution can also be used for cleaning coffe pots, Home breweries, Iced Tea Makers, and Ice machine lines. For coffemakers and Iced machines, just fill the water tank and turn it on. Rinse by adding fresh distilled water, and running the cycle a couple of times. This will clean the system, and help to remove any biofilm. When cleaning ice machine lines , remember to turn off the water supply first. Run the mild solution thru the lines and let it stay there a few minutes before rinsing.
GLASSWARE, DISHES, STAINLESS STEEL SILVERWARE
Soaking your dishes, glasses, and stainless steel silverware can help remove biofilm, grease, and leave everything clean and sparkling. Fill up your sink, add dishes, glasses, and silverware, activate 30 drops of PART A & PART B for 10 minutes and add to sink. Let soak for 10 minutes or more. This will also help to clean the area between fork tines, where normal washing has a hard time.
Garbage Cans, Shoes, Laundry Hamper, Air Freshener
MILD SOLUTION (approx 15 ppm CLO2)
Spray a mild solution in your garbage can when you change the bag to stop odors, and keep your trashcan clean.
A strong solution can be used for a thorough cleaning.
SHOES, LAUNDRY HAMPER
MILD SOLUTION (approx 15 ppm CLO2)
For really stinky shoes, you can use a 15 ppm mild solution, just spray in shoes and allow to dry.
For day to day odor control, use a very mild 5 ppm.
Spray empty plastic hamper with a mild solution.
If you have a wicker hamper use the 5 ppm very mild solution.
( Approx 2 ppm)
Add 1 or 2 drops of Part A & Part B to 16 oz of distilled water in a fine mist spray bottle.
Use as you would any air freshener to eliminate odors. No scent, no chlorine smell at this strength.
Water Storage, Emergency Water Treatment
POTABLE WATER STORAGE
Be sure container is clean. Add 2 drops of Part A for each gallon. DO NOT ACTIVATE
Seal tightly. Water will stay fresh, taste great, and be odor free.
When you open the water. Add 1 drop for each remaining gallon and reseal.
NON - POTABLE WATER STORAGE
Clean tank with a strong solution. Rinse well. Fill with water and add 2 drops of Part A per gallon of supply. DO NOT ACTIVATE. This can apply to water systems for horticulture, rain barrels, and agricultural water tanks.
See Chlorine DIoxide application chart for more details.
EMERGENCY WATER TREATMENT
Water from a suspect source
In an emergency situation, Chlorine Dioxide can help suspect water supplies to be more environmentally friendly.
FOR WATER ON DEMAND
Activate 4 drops of Part A & Part B and let activate for 10 minutes. Add to 1 gallon of water. Wait at least one hour before using.
BEST METHOD: Use 3 to 4 drops of of Part A to 1 gallon of water and let stand at least 12 hours DO NOT ACTIVATE
Please note these directions are only for emergency situations. EPA registered Chlorine Dioxide water treatments are readily available.
Water, Deodorizer, Skunk Odor
Add a drop of Part A to your pets water bowl to keep the water and pets breath fresh. DO NOT ACTIVATE
Use 1 drop of Part A in 16 oz sprayer to keep your pet smelling good between baths.
Also discourages biting and hotspots.
Add 20-40 activated drops to Dogs bath, and soak for 10 to 20 minutes.
Do not get in eyes. After 10 to 20 minutes, rinse and bathe dog normally.
Make a Spray solution for the home and areas affected by mixing 8 drops of of Part A & Part B to 16 oz of water.
Approx 50-60 ppm CLO2.
Add a drop or two of Part A to your cut flowers water.
Will keep flowers fresher, and lasting longer.
The applications from here will deal with atmospheric treatments.
These applications include deodorizing spaces such as boats, cars, and rooms.
Rather than using a spray or liquid, the idea is to create gas to fill the space.
These are simply methods I use to good effect. Results may vary.
Use a small plastic dish or bowl. Start your car, and start the AC or Fan, make sure outside vent is closed on the AC, so the air recirculates. Put 40-60 drops of Part A. Place bowl in center of car,on the floor in front. Pre- measure equal amount of Part B, add to the bowl with Part A, and quickly get out and close up car. Allow to run for 20 to 30 minutes. Open car doors, and allow concentrated gas to escape the car before you get in. Open vent to outside, and flush AC system with fresh air.
Chlorine DIoxide is great for deodorizing boats.
For every 30 cubic feet of air space use 40 drops of Part A & Part B in small plastic containers.
Open the door to the head, open cabinets, and flip up mattresses if you have them. Place the containers evenly spaced in the area. Add Part A to all containers first, then add pre-measured Part B into each one, starting furthest from your exit. Close the hatch, and allow to sit for at least 4 hours. Re- treat if needed. A small battery powered fan can be used to circulate the gas.
For a normal 3 bedroom house, (approx 2000 sq feet) Activate 60-100 Drops of Part A & Part B in small bowl. Place in air return of AC System. (Behind Filter) Turn on air, and close up the house. Let run a couple hours. Air out the house, and discard the spent solution.Discourages mold and mildew in your ducts, and freshens your home in one treatment.
You can also run 10-20 drops any time for a freshness boost.
CLOSETS, ROOMS, CLOSED AREAS
Use 100 activated drops in your closet or small room to remove musky odors, and help prevent mold and mildew.
Use 40 drops in bowls in each corner of room to deodorize the area.
MOLD AND MILDEW ON INTERIOR WALLS
NOTE: If mold is inside of walls, the interior space will also need to be treated. This usually means holes in your wall.
Fumes will be pretty heavy, do not linger, prepare everything a head of time. The fumes do not form quickly, but as I said, don't linger too long. This will not remove the stains caused by the mold.