Published Jun 17, 2021 by Rick Cundiff
With all the complex technology in the world today, it’s natural to look for simpler solutions sometimes. We want to “go back to nature,” whatever that means. We want “natural” and “organic” products.
Sometimes that’s a great idea. I’ll happily eat organic food any chance I get. I’m down with natural weed and pest control methods.
Other times, things don’t quite work out as planned. Things that sound like a miraculous “all-natural” cure to life’s common problems just don’t live up to the hype surrounding them.
In recent years, a new idea has emerged in the janitorial and laundry industries. Some companies claim that plain water, with an electrical current passed through it becomes a cleaning agent on par with chemical detergents and cleansers.
The promoted value behind it is that using water instead of chemicals saves money and is better for the environment. A two-fer, if you will.
There are multiple machines on the market for your laundry room. All you have to do is mount it on the wall, attach one hose to a cold water line, another hose to your washer and plug it in. Presto, you’re freed from buying detergent forever!
On the industrial/commercial side of things, there are a couple of companies that sell floor scrubbing machines that use the same type of technology. They claim your institution can eliminate use of everyday floor cleaning chemicals, and still get spotless floors.
Ever hear the phrase “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is”?
See, the trouble is, plain old water really doesn’t clean that well by itself. It doesn’t flow well, because the surface tension is too high. And it doesn’t do a thing for oil or grease.
But if you add chemicals to reduce the surface tension (surfactants) and other chemicals that emulsify grease and oil (detergents), you get a mixture that effectively cleans surfaces.
A leading consumer magazine tested a couple of the laundry room machines recently. Their experts found the cleaning ability with the “electrified” water was no better than tap water. And guess what? It didn’t do a thing for grease or oil stains.
With the floor machines, at least one company has been challenged repeatedly in advertising councils in multiple countries. As a result, they’ve had to back off some of their claims about the machines’ cleaning ability with plain water.
The bottom line is, don’t believe the hype. Test. Verify. Check. And that applies to any product you buy.
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