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Ozone Generator vs Laundry Detergents

 
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Does Paul have an opinion on Ozone Generators used for the laundry? Anyone on here used one of these products? Do they work? What are the downsides that make this an unattractive option?

How they claim to work:
The generator mounts to the wall behind your washer.
You hook the cold water line to the device. Cold water comes in, the device generates ozone and infuses it into the water, and the ozone water goes on to the washing machine.
The ozone reacts to stains, oils, and dirt on the laundry, oxidizing them, and cleaning the laundry.
The colder the water the better because colder water can hold more oxygen.


Implications:
No buying soaps and detergents. No recycling empty plastic bottles. No shipping bottles or driving to the store.
Cold water is preferred. Savings on hot water and energy.
Nothing toxic on your clothes or your skin or for children to get into.
Should be compatible with greywater systems since the O3 breaks down into O2 as it cleans and reacts to laundry


Here's a review of one of the devices on the market
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASKuui8EOx8

 
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Should be a good option to detergents and eco friendly but be carefull because Ozone is verry dangerous for human health.
 
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Yes, they do recommend staying out of the laundry room when the device is in use because it may make people cough, opening a window, and/or keeping the HVAC on to circulate air while in use. I have read a few reviews from customers that reported similar experiences of coughing.
 
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Nathan Hale wrote:Yes, they do recommend staying out of the laundry room when the device is in use because it may make people cough, opening a window, and/or keeping the HVAC on to circulate air while in use. I have read a few reviews from customers that reported similar experiences of coughing.


It will burn your lungs directly.It has a special smell thogh     and if you know it you will avoid it.
Verry dangerous thing to have in your home.It would work for sure not like in that review video,but in order to work and clean the clothes it will became a hazard for people because it needs too much concentration to be safe for household use.
 
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Anyone else have experience with Ozone Laundry? How long does the ozone stay in the air before it dissipates?
 
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It's not something I would ever try, but I understand the concept. One thing I don't know if they'd taken into account is that it may oxidize dirt but it will also oxidize the clothing itself. Kind of like getting dirt off by using a blowtorch.

But the most important thing to remember is that it will oxidize your lungs and eyes and the rest of you eventually. Ozone is used in crime scene clean-up and other extreme situations. It can be used to sterilize medical equipment. If you've got something on your clothes so horrible that ozone is required, I think it's time to go shopping for new clothes.
 
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Back when I was a mushroom farmer, I looked at one to do cold pasteurization of growing media, but I could buy a LOT of lime for the price of an o3 generator.
 
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My friend ran a water purification business in St Catharines Ontario starting in about 1982 and ending in about 85. He sold a machine called the ozonator which had been proven to kill the AIDS virus. Based on this information, they told people that it would kill any AIDS virus that showed up in their drinking water. Various scary stories about Toronto medical waste making it into Lake Ontario were presented. I knew something about the temperature requirement for the virus to survive, but he was not into hearing that there were no viruses in the lake to begin with.

One other complication was that St. Catherine's gets its water from Lake Gibson, a much smaller lake that sits on the escarpment, well above Lake Ontario.

I can't hear the word ozone, without thinking about Russ and his magic machine. A natural salesman with no technical training or inclination. Anything that could help his cause, no matter how improbable, was included in the sales pitch.
 
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The reason I started researching this was because I was thinking of how big Oxiclean became seemingly overnight and it seems to outlasted the fad timeline. They say it cleans with oxygen, so I thought, "Hmmm, I wonder if I could buy the machine the makes the thing instead of buying the product over and over". The machines I'm looking at run about $300 and I've heard over and over these are just domestic versions of commercial units. They say almost all hospitals and hotels use these systems to clean and disinfect their linens. Do you think they would use this method if it is chewing through their sheets and ruining them prematurely?
 
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Dale Hodgins wrote:My friend ran a water purification business in St Catharines Ontario starting in about 1982 and ending in about 85. He sold a machine called the ozonator which had been proven to kill the AIDS virus. Based on this information, they told people that it would kill any AIDS virus that showed up in their drinking water. Various scary stories about Toronto medical waste making it into Lake Ontario were presented. I knew something about the temperature requirement for the virus to survive, but he was not into hearing that there were no viruses in the lake to begin with.

One other complication was that St. Catherine's gets its water from Lake Gibson, a much smaller lake that sits on the escarpment, well above Lake Ontario.

I can't hear the word ozone, without thinking about Russ and his magic machine. A natural salesman with no technical training or inclination. Anything that could help his cause, no matter how improbable, was included in the sales pitch.


Its used for ages to clean water and it works wonders.
I wanted one to clean the water in a reef aquarium to be crystal clear.
In order to clean the water you need an ORP meter to monitor the ozone levels wich is a sensor that shuts down the Ozone generator when a certain level is achieved.
In case that ORP meter fails,it can kill the whole reef animals( a crash).
Ozone for washing its really dangerous because you cant use an ORP meter like for cleaning drinking water or clean water.The turbidity in the water from the washing machine renders the ORP meter useless.
So its amazingly good for drinking water,but i wouldnt trust it for cleaning clothes.
https://www.ozonesolutions.com/knowledge-center/ozone-and-orp.html
 
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