How Ozone Can Kill Bacteria and Remove Odors in the Process

what-is-ozone
The three oxygen atoms that make up ozone occur naturally. In fact, approximately 20 percent of the planet’s breathable air is made up of ozone. Yet there is more to this highly unstable molecule than meets the eye. Did you know that ozone will kill bacteria and do away with offensive odors in the process?
  • Ozone reacts with the cell walls of bacteria. Ohio State University experts recognize ozone as “a potent antimicrobial agent” that not only kills bacteria but also eradicates fungi, viruses and even parasites. Researchers discovered that the oxidative burst, which occurs when the ozone molecule reacts with bacterial cell walls, paves the way to further destruction of the undesired organism’s cellular components. This refers to bacterial genetic material, a wide variety of enzymes contained within the cell wall and the lipids that make up parts of the cell wall itself. Microorganisms cannot withstand this onslaught and die.
  • A destruction of bacteria results in odor removal. Offensive odors are usually the result of bacterial activity. For example, in the case of a smelly shoe closet, the bacteria that ingest sweat subsequently excrete acids that are exceedingly pungent. Thus, by destroying the odor-causing bacteria in the first place, any offensive odor you may notice in a home or business also gets removed.
  • Ozone may be created artificially. It is possible to artificially create ozone in the business or home environment. Newaire is a recognized leader in the plug-in technology field.Rainbowair makes units that serve the hotel industry as well as the manufacturing sector. Queenaire offers a wide variety of compact units, some of which are designed to continuously treat areas of up to 10,000 cubic feet. No matter what type of setting you envision, there is an ozone generator that is a perfect fit.

Unlike with antibiotics and chemical-based bacterial cleaners, it is not possible for the targeted microbes to develop a form of immunity to the oxidative burst. This knowledge is now being harness by physicians who have long been concerned over the increasing levels of hospital-acquired infections. Gizmag reports on Canada’s Queen’s University that is now experimenting with the use of ozone to kill difficult-to-eradiate and highly infectious bacteria.

At Ozone Experts, we understand that you do not want to use harsh and potentially dangerous chemicals to kill bacteria. Contact us today to discuss the types of ozone-generating products that would be perfect for your home or business. Losing offensive odors in the process is a welcome fringe benefit.

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