Uses & Benefits
Powerful Disinfection in Water Treatment
Chlorine dioxide is a disinfectant. When added to drinking water, it helps destroy bacteria, viruses and some types of parasites that can make people sick, such as Cryptosporidium parvum and Giardia lamblia.
Personal Care Products
Personal hygiene applications for chlorine dioxide include mouthwash, toothpaste and contact lens cleaners. Chlorine dioxide is used in dentistry as an oxidizing biocide compound to treat bad breath.
Chlorine dioxide chemistry is used in a wide variety of industrial, oil and gas, food and municipal applications:
Food and Beverage Production
Chlorine dioxide can be used as an antimicrobial agent in water used in poultry processing and to wash fruits and vegetables.
In hospitals and other healthcare environments, chlorine dioxide gas helps to sterilize medical and laboratory equipment, surfaces, rooms and tools. Researchers have found that at appropriate concentrations, chlorine dioxide is both “safe and effective” at helping to eliminate Legionella bacteria in hospital environments, as well as Legionnaires’ disease, a potentially deadly type of pneumonia caused by the Legionella pneumophila bacteria.
Other Industrial Uses
Chlorine dioxide used in oil and gas disinfection applications can help increase well performance and also combat oil souring and protect other fluids from spoilage. Chlorine dioxide is used in the electronics industry to clean circuit boards and as a bleach in the paper and textile manufacturing processes.