Science Behind Chlorine Dioxide

How does chlorine dioxide eliminate harmful microorganisms?

Chlorine dioxide eliminates harmful microorganisms through a process called oxidation. All microorganisms are made up organic molecules such as proteins, polysaccharides and nucleic acids. Oxidation can denature proteins and other organic molecules in the walls and inside microorganisms. When their protective walls are disrupted and their metabolic machinery jeopardized, deadly microorganisms die. Chlorine dioxide is a powerful oxidizing agent. The term microorganism is a broad one. It includes bacteria, viruses and fungi. Even the walls of tough bacterial spores are organic in nature, and thus susceptible to the action of chlorine dioxide. Microorganisms do not have the inherent ability to counter chlorine dioxide’s oxidative attack. This leads us to the good news: microorganisms cannot develop resistance to chlorine dioxide. Since microorganisms are what create odors, chlorine dioxide effectively and permanently eliminates the odor at it’s source.