Harnessing nature’s non-toxic germ killer for the first time in India, home-grown Hypochlorous Acid (HOCI) expert Aquox has developed a revolutionary all-in-one disinfectant generator for disinfecting, cleaning, sanitising, and sterilising tap water naturally, using just water + salt. At the helm of its affairs is Jagdish Rajpurohit, who is a technocrat with more than 25 years of experience in varied industries from ID security & Smart cards, Content Production & Distribution, Consumer Electronics and the latest being in Biotech with the launch of Aquox. Known to be a passionate creator, Jagdish Rajpurohit is a hands-on manager who not only invests in exciting technologies and products but also actively runs these operations as the CEO of the company. In a conversation with CXO Outlook, Jagdish Rajpurohit talks about the usage of Hypochlorous Acid, Aquox’s products line up and much more.
What is Hypochlorous Acid used for? The key ingredient could help fight COVID-19
Hypochlorous acid (HOCI) is a natural germ-killer produced by white blood cells in the human body to fight bacteria and invading pathogens after an infection. Basically, it is a weak acid that forms when chlorine dissolves in water. The acid plays an important role in the immune system by killing the pathogens through oxidation and chlorination. This simple compound exhibits rapid kill against a wide range of germs, bacteria and viruses, and it is 100 times more powerful than conventional disinfectants like Hypochlorite. Therefore, its organic property makes it a perfect solution for catering to what has become an indispensable need in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis: keeping oneself and one’s surroundings sanitised and disinfected and free from the exposure of harmful, toxic chemical-based cleaning solutions. In fact, Government of India – DROD and global bodies like WHO, USFDA, US EPA, EU ECHA and many other statutory bodies have confirmed that HOCl is highly effective in eliminating all the viruses, bacteria, pathogens, germs, microorganisms, pesticides, yeast, mould, fungi, influenza & Noroviruses around us in a healthy manner. Backed by various research and clinical studies, it has also been proven to be in the list of disinfectants that can be used against SARS-CoV-2 (covid-19) virus.
We at AQUOX are bringing the same Hypochlorous acid produced through electrolysis in our disinfectant generators by using regular tap water, salt and vinegar in measured proportions. The solution generated is 100% non-toxic, non-allergic and non-carcinogenic, which makes it absolutely safe for human contact, surfaces as well as food contact. Electrochemically Activated Water (ECA), also known as HOCI, turn into an effective and powerful disinfectant, sanitiser, and cleaning solution that can eliminate 99.99% of bacteria and viruses in just 30 seconds.
The application of the solution is wide-ranging, from healthcare, hospitality, agriculture, food processing and water treatment to schools & colleges, offices, restaurants, sports facilities and swimming pools.
How do we know disinfectants can kill the COVID-19 coronavirus?
The HOCI solution today is used as a powerful disinfectant, cleaning agent and sanitiser globally from the USA to Japan with certified approval from WHO, DRDO, USFDA, US EPA, EU ECHA, and other several statutory bodies worldwide. AQUOX has been tested in a NABL-certified lab in India for Biocide Efficacy, proven to kill 99.99% Pathogens at 7 logs that also includes SARS-CoV-2 (covid-19) and Noroviruses.
Is it safe to disinfect your food using Hypochlorous Acid?
Well, Hypochlorous Acid can not only be used on all food contact surfaces, kitchenware, and floors, but it is also clinically researched and approved to be safe for cleaning and sterilising food by the Government of India, USFDA, USDA and other statutory bodies globally as a safe and suitable no-rinse antimicrobial for meat and poultry.
What is going to be your growth strategy going ahead?
AQUOX has currently launched its portable all-in-one, disinfectant + cleaner + sanitiser generators that includes home solution variants in 200 ml, 300 ml and the 2-litre capacity. But we also have generators in the capacity of 6000 litres available for application in commercial, industrial and large enterprises. Our potential is not just limited around the home solution space but to provide complete disinfection across huge spaces in industries like healthcare, agriculture, airports, food processing, restaurants, sports facilities, marine, swimming pools, etc. We gradually want to take over the entire cleaning and sanitisation sector in the country as our solution is perfect for every stage of sanitisation in any industry.
What are your products line up? Please highlight the USP.
We have currently launched our home-solution range that includes:
- AQ-DG 2000 – a 2 litre Fruit & Veg Cleaner + Surface Disinfectant + Sanitiser at INR 5,999/-
- AQ-DG 300 – a 300 ml Multi-Surface Disinfectant + Cleaner + Sanitiser at INR 3,999/-
- AQ-DG 200 – a 200 ml Portable Disinfectant Generator at INR 1,599/-
We are also lining up our range in huge capacities of 6000 litres for commercial applications across multiple industries like healthcare, agriculture, hospitality, airports, food processing, restaurants, sports facilities, marine, swimming pools, etc.
As the Indian and global certification centres like WHO, DRDO, USFDA, US EPA, EU ECHA have approved Hypochlorous Acid technology as a natural disinfectant against SARS-CoV-2 (covid-19) virus and effective in killing bacteria, pathogens, germs, microorganisms, pesticides, yeast, mold, fungi, influenza and Noroviruses, we can use it for any sort of disinfection and sanitisation.
We are working towards a larger goal where this 100% non-toxic, natural, chemical-free, non-corrosive, environment-friendly and alcohol-free solution can enable us to reach out to every possible means and method of cleaning.
What is your take on the competition?
All the chemical-based, toxic disinfectants, cleaners & alcohol-based sanitiser brands currently available in the market are our competition. Most of these products contain toxic chemicals, fragrance, dye & surfactants. So, when they come in contact with food, surfaces & the human body, they cause severe health problems in the long run. However, what sets AQUOX apart from them is that our solution is chemical-free, non-toxic, natural, yet being highly effective, and its HOCl technology has been certified by the DRDO – Indian Government as well as WHO, USFDA, US EPA, EU ECHA, and other several statutory bodies worldwide. Moreover, unlike other products in the market, our solution is 100% non-toxic, human-friendly, food-safe, kid-friendly, and animal-friendly, non-corrosive, environment-friendly. Our solution is also cost-effective as the magic of Hypochlorous acid-based electrolysed water can be created in just 3 steps using Tap Water + Salt + Vinegar + Electricity within 5 mins.