Ionator Uses Regular Water In Place Of Chemicals For Cleaning

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.

Ionator

image via Red Ferret

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.)

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.