4 Household Ozone Applications
In nature, the most common way of Ozone creation is trough lightning discharges. The fresh and clean smell that can be felt after a lightning storm or a rain shower is actually freshly created ozone. But, not many people know that ozone can be artificially made, even in household conditions. One (and probably the best) process for this is called corona discharge (electrical discharge) and can be performed with small ozone generators adjusted to household use. Simply explained, this process emulates the natural occurring ozone creation. If one is asked to describe ozone in one short sentence, the best answer would be: it is one of the most powerful natural disinfectants available. This explanation of ozone's capability brings us to use of it in our daily lives. Let’s briefly look at diverse applications of ozone created in household conditions (here we are not referring to creation of a medical grade ozone):
1. Odor removal
Among potential uses for odor removal, ozone is mentioned to be effective in: reduction of smoke odor, shoes deodorization, kitchen odor removal, as well as fire-smoke odor removal. But odor removal is probably the most controversial application area of ozone. This is due to its potentially adverse affect on human’s health. Therefore it’s important if you apply ozone for this purpose to make sure you pay attention to its concentration in the air (refer to U.S. EPA and FDA regulations). If you use ozone generator for an odor removal, you should make sure to leave the room treated with ozone at that moment. You must be very cautious here, since it is said that inhaling ozone can cause chest pain, shortness of breath, throat irritation and coughing. Long term exposure can lead to serious and permanent lung damage. This is also applicable to animals. The gas itself is highly instable and will disappear not long after the ozone “production” is stopped. It transforms into oxygen, so you should be able afterwards to breathe a fresh air. But the list of problems goes on. The next potential problem may be the fact that in the process of reacting with chemicals indoors (depending the furniture materials and interior decoration). There ozone can produce other chemicals that themselves can be irritating and corrosive. To recap: if you want to be on the safe side, it’s better to skip this home application area of ozone in your house .
2. Food sanitation
You can use your household water ozone generator (or shortly ozonator) for an effective food sanitation. This process is applicable for different kind of fruits and vegetables. Here is how it is done: pour the tap water into a glass or ceramic bowl (never use plastic with ozonated water) sink the diffuser tube of the ozonator with into the water and leave the water ozonator on for some time. The process will result in creating of bubbles in the water, but at the end of process, you should be able to see kind of residue on the water surface. This is what was actually on the surface of your fruits when you exposed it to ozonated water. One more tip – use cold water, as ozone disintegrates faster in hot environment: the longer its says in the bowl with fruits the better disinfection effect is. Of course this whole process should last up to 10 -20 minutes. Again, the above written lines ares based on my experience with treating ozone for a food sanitation.
3. Water purification
Most typical application for a household ozonator is processing drinking water. Here I would like to distinguish two options: you can either use it to disinfect and clean water, which is to be consumed after ozone disintegrates, or you can drink the ozonated water directly after being treated with ozone. For the first application this is considered to be one of the most effective ways to get your water chemically clean and ready for consumption. Thousands of municipal water treatment facilities round the world are using ozone for water treatment, with so far no case of fatality. On the other side use of chlorine proved to have sometimes an adverse effect on human health. The second type of ozone use in water treatment is more complex but it can offer additional positive effects to your body. So, in this case the point is to drink straight away water that has been infused with ozone. Remember, ozone is highly volatile. Therefore, if you want to achieve effect of ozonated water you need to drink it fast. So what you achieve by drinking it? First, it disinfects your mouth, better than any other toothpaste or mouthwash that is offered in your convenience shop or pharmacy. Next, drinking freshly ozonated water can detoxify your intestinal tract. But, please make sure to drink it only on an empty stomach. And not to start eating for 20 min. after drinking it. Finally, when ozone from water disintegrates in your body, it transforms into oxygen that easily gets into blood cells, thereby boosting your immune system.
4. Wound treatment
The most common idea of wound treatment with ozone is with so called ozonated olive oil. It is said that it can be used for treatment of different skin disorders: acne, burns, fungal infections, herpes, eczema, bed sores, gingivitis, hemorrhoids, and many others. The idea behind this is to get ozone stabilized as much as possible. This is done trough bonding ozone with a pure olive oil. Again, similar to ozonating water, this is done either in glass or ceramic jar/bowl. But, in order to achieve the quality effect, you should be bubbling your olive oil for hours, if not for few days. Of course this depends on the maximum ozone output of your home ozone generator. I think it is wise here not to save few bucks and buy cheap device, but to opt for a proven manufacturer. After deeply researching the market offer, I have personally decided to go for a reputable Canadian producer of water ozone generators. But, lets get back to ozone bubbling in olive oil: at the end of process, you should get a thick substance (salve like), that even smells like ozone. Again, in order to prolong the shelf life of ozonated oil, it is very important to keep it refrigerated. Under such conditions, the freshly made ozonated oil can be used for couple of months.