Chlorine dioxide (ClO2) is a highly effective, eco-friendly disinfectant and microbiocide that carries US EPA, FDA and
UK Government approvals for many of its uses. It is a selective oxidant that eliminates both planktonic and sessile
bacteria, disinfects surfaces, and rapidly destroys biofilms.
Chlorine Dioxide is a small, volatile and very strong molecule consisting of 1 Chlorine atom and 2 oxygen atoms. It is
a chemical compound with the formula ClO2. It has a molecular weight of 67.45 and exists as a gas at normal
temperatures and pressures. Chlorine dioxide exists as a free radical in dilute solutions.
Chlorine dioxide is a strong bactericide and virucide at concentrations as low as 0.1 ppm. It will eliminate both planktonic and sessile bacteria; disinfect surfaces; and rapidly destroy problematic biofilm. With minimal contact time, it is highly effective against many pathogenic organisms including bacterial spores, Legionella, Tuberculosis, MRSA, VRE, Listeria, Salmonella, amoebal cysts, Giardia cysts, E. coli, and Cryptosporidium. Importantly, chlorine dioxide also destroys biofilm so bacterial re-growth is significantly impeded.
Chlorine Dioxide is an oxidizing biocide and not a metabolic toxin. This means that chlorine dioxide kills microorganisms
by disruption of the transport of nutrients across the cell wall, not by disruption of a metabolic process.