Hypochlorous Acid (HClO)

Last updated: November 18, 2021

What Does Hypochlorous Acid (HClO) Mean?

Hypochlorus acid (HCIO) is a weak acid that is formed when the chemical chlorine dissolves in water. Hypochlorus acid has strong antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. It is often used as a safe disinfectant to treat water supplies, irrigation systems, and food preparation surfaces. Hypochlorus acid is also used to sanitize water used in hydroponic growing systems.


Maximum Yield Explains Hypochlorous Acid (HClO)

Chlorine, in very small amounts, is one of the most common elements used in disinfectants, along with its derivative, hypochlorus acid. Adequate sanitation and disinfection of water and surfaces that come into contact with crop plants is exceedingly important. Disinfecting water and surfaces can control pathogens that affect a plant's health and vitality. In addition, the application of disinfectants like hypochlorus acid can prevent or kill pathogens and diseases that affect both plant and human health.

Hypochlorus acid has several different uses. Not only is it used to disinfect surfaces that may come into contact with food, it can be used in maintaining gardening equipment. For example, hypochlorus acid can be added to irrigation systems to improve their efficiency. Mineral deposits inside of pipes reduce water flow to plants and can result in clogged hydroponic or irrigation equipment.

Additionally, hypochlorus acid can be used to treat water ran through hydroponic systems. Once disinfected, water in the hydroponic system will be far less likely to spread diseases and pathogens to plants. Another benefit to hypochlorus acid is that it is considered to be a good disinfectant to be used in organic gardening. However, care should be taken when using hypochlorus acid. In higher concentrates, it can affect the health and vitality of some plants by causing root burning or browning off.


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