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Chlorine dioxide is a yellowish-green gas commonly used for water disinfection. It’s valuable due to its anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. It consists of one chlorine and two oxygen atoms. Read this article to know more about the common uses of chlorine dioxide.

Uses of Chlorine Dioxide

1. A Potent Biocide

Chlorine dioxide is used chiefly for the disinfection of drinking water. It’s more effective than using chlorine.

  • It successfully eliminates Giardia lamblia and Cryptosporidium, the main causes of water-borne diseases.
  • It can also be employed in large-scale projects like irrigation purposes, cooling towers, and even swimming pools.
  • It’s also a well-known virucide and is effective against many disease-causing viruses like influenza, measles, etc. on non-porous hard surfaces.

2. Mouth Wash

Chlorine dioxide has been proved to be effective for removing bad breath! When neutralized with water, it can function as a good mouth wash. Uses of chlorine dioxide also include curing and preventing gum disease and teeth whitening. However, it’s not an alternative to routine dental care.

3. Air Cleaning

Chlorine dioxide can improve air quality. The reason is its high oxidation power. It can combat airborne pathogens. It even eliminates bacteria that are resistant to other biocides, such as hydrogen peroxide in certain instances. Chlorine dioxide can be an excellent solution for eliminating air borne mold particles.

4. Bleaching of Wood Pulp

One of the main commercial applications of chlorine dioxide is the bleaching of wood pulp. It cuts down the production of organochlorine compounds. The reason is its being 2.5 times more oxidizing than chlorine. The ECF chlorine bleaching technique is responsible for 95% of bleached pulp production.

5. Disinfection and Sterilization

Sterilization and disinfection are some of the most famous uses of chlorine dioxide.

  • Chlorine dioxide is used to successfully disinfect hospital surfaces and surgical instruments.
  • It’s a preventive measure against Legionnaires’ disease caused by legionella bacteria.

6. Dispersing of Biofilm

Biofilm can cause significant issues like corrosion and has a role in heat transfer restrictions. Uses of chlorine (not chlorine dioxide) along with other biocides have been used to treat biofilm, however, these can be rendered ineffective in some cases. Learn more about chlorine dioxide effectiveness on biofilm on our other blog posts.

Acceptable Limits

It’s advised that chlorine dioxide should be used no more than 0.8 mg/l when treating drinking water, which PureLine’s chlorine dioxide generators can properly measure and feed allowable amounts. According to OSHA, chlorine dioxide gas has a 0.3 mg/m3 over an 8-hour exposure limit.

The uses of chlorine dioxide are vast! For your specific chlorine dioxide needs, fill out our contact form below and one of PureLine’s chlorine dioxide experts would be glad to talk through potential solutions for your business problem!

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