What Is Chlorine Dioxide?
Chlorine dioxide (ClO2) is a potent odor-eliminating gas with strong oxidizing properties. An "oxidizing agent" removes electrons from reactive molecules. By this process, ClO2 uses oxygen to quickly neutralize the odor. Chances are that you've used an oxidizing product before—the stain remover OxiClean™ is an example.
Unlike most other chemical deodorizers, chlorine dioxide degrades very quickly into simple saline solution (simple salt and water), often within hours and in direct sunlight within seconds. Under the best conditions, it is unlikely to last even a few days. As a chemical, it has no shelf life. That means that you can't just buy some ClO2 in a bottle, so it’s never really been available to consumers.
Is a Chlorine Dioxide Odor Eliminator New?
Chlorine dioxide was first discovered in 1811 by Humphrey Davy. Today, ClO2 is extensively used as a bleaching agent in the pulp and paper industry instead of chlorine, since chlorine was found to produce carcinogens. It’s now often used in the treatment of fish, poultry, and seafood and in the meatpacking plants and canning industry.
Until recently, however, chlorine dioxide was not available for use on a "small-scale" or for topical application because the gas must be generated at the point of use and is not easily transported. But Biocide Systems has changed that.
Some manufacturers sell what they call "stabilized chlorine dioxide"—this is not the same. All of our chlorine dioxide odor removal products generate "active" ClO2, which is more effective. We use proprietary technologies and formulations to "generate" the ClO2 right when you need it.
Types of Odors ClO2 Eliminates
Chlorine dioxide targets negatively charged odor molecules and eliminates them. It is effective at removing cigarette smoke odors and literally seeks out molecules that create pet waste, food/cooking, musty, mold/mildew, and even skunk odors. Whether you smell rotten food or your vehicle interior smells funky, ClO2 will fix it.