eli5: How does electrolyzed water work?


I get that you run an electric current through saltwater but how does that turn it into a disinfectant that’s 10x stronger than bleach? And how is it still food-safe?

In: Chemistry

If you’re talking about what I think you might be talking about, then this is a swimming pool technology. The idea is that you mix salt into your otherwise ordinary water, and when you run it through the filtration system one of the steps is to run a strong electric current through the water. This causes the salt to break down into sodium and chlorine, both of which are hideously dangerous to pretty much all forms of life in their elemental forms and do a great job killing bacteria and viruses. The elements then recombine into salt almost immediately, rendering them safe again, and the water is then good to go.