A spray pump that turns ordinary water into a universal cleaning product? While this may sound like a cross between 1950’s style comic book and the fevered dreams of a door-to-door salesman, the product does, in fact, appear to be real.
The Ionator works, according to Red Ferret, by by injecting tap water with electrically charged nano-bubbles. This is accomplished via an internal water cell, which applies a slight electrical charge to the H2O; the charged water then passes through an ion exchange membrane, which creates an oxygen-rich mixture of positive and negative nano-bubbles. (Yes, that appears to be the technical term.) This ionized water–according Activeion, makers of the Ionator–“attracts dirt like a magnet,” enabling it to be easily wiped away.
The company also claims that the Ionator is “virtually the only cleaning and sanitizing product in the world without chemical-related health warning labels”–never mind the entire green cleaning products industry. Then again, even with the consumer version of the Ionator running $169.00 and the industrial grade $329.00, you’re bound to recoup costs eventually (say, in about a decade.)