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Stabilized Chlorine Dioxide

The other day, I purchased a newly released mouthwash to try if it does work on halitosis. I took a look at the ingredients and it said "Stabilized Chlorine Dioxide". Now, I knew that ClO<sub>2</sub> is supposed to be a gas, so I did some research (thanks, Google), and from what I've read thus far, it's supposedly a buffered chlorite solution that gradually releases its intended cargo. It's apparently a pretty darn good bactericide and viricide, and that its oxidizing ability helps curb the sulfur compounds that are usually halitosis culprits.

Now I want to ask everyone else: do you have any experience with this stuff, and could it be possible that we can (ab)use this substance in the name of Mad Science?

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P.S. So far, so good, if I am to believe yesterday's date.

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Hm, it can't possibly be too strong of a solution.

I don't know specifically how they'd stabilize it. ClO2 does seem like it would decompose over time, as OCl-.

Oh, and how well does it work?

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Well, from what I've read thus far, it's not really ClO<sub>2</sub> that is in the mouthwash per se; rather, the chlorite ions present in the mouthwash are supposed to decompose into chlorine dioxide while you are swishing it in your mouth. Well, at least that's how I understand the product brochures I've read. The buffering is to retard decomposition, I would presume.

I do believe that this explanation of theirs is a wee bit simplified, so maybe someone more knowledgeable might want to illuminate?

sparky (~_~)

P.S. My original question remains unanswered. Oh, and like I said Tim, the mouthwash worked well. That I would presume from the fact that my date just couldn't stop and let go.

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 Quote: Originally posted by sparkgap Oh, and like I said Tim, the mouthwash worked well. That I would presume from the fact that my date just couldn't stop and let go.

I see.

Think you can find a patent on that stuff? That'd tell I bet.

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I was in Wall-Mart today, (trip to beach tomorow), when I saw this bottle of water sanitizer. Chlorine Dioxide 2% and 98% inert material(water...)
The bottle was tiny, I'd say abot 10-15 mL... I figue that means that you don't need much to sanitize.. mouthwash would probably have less than this...

PS, When I wake up in the morning, my breath stinks, even though I brush thoroughly the night before... Do I have halitosis
Hey, where can I get some of that mouthwash?
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Should probably floss, and brush your tongue.

I can't floss since I've got braces... stinks!

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"...When I wake up in the morning, my breath stinks, even though I brush thoroughly the night before... Do I have halitosis..."

Morning breath, as it is commonly called, is due to the fact that saliva isn't moving that much in your mouth when you're sleeping; that allows the sulfur bacteria in your mouth to start pumping away their foul wastes. I don't think that constitutes halitosis... (I still wonder up to this point how Prince Charming was able to kiss Sleeping Beauty... )

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Sparkgap, try and figure out how Casanova did it, he ate garlic like his life depended on it. He literally swum in that stuff, I too by the way, and still do. Willy agrees with my garlic abuse.

It can at times, be quit misconceiving how they present a product. Chlorox (brandname for Sodium hypochlorite solution) has a strength classified as grams of active chlorine per liter. Hydrogen peroxide should be grams of active Oxygen per liter. They are allway talking about Detergent as being highly, super or ultra concentrated. I can thus imagine that a product manufacturer would rather sell a product as having a higher concentration than that of a competing manufacturer. One way to do this is to medel around with the precentages. So now, ClO <----> Cl2 (1) as 48 <----> 64 or in other words you have gaind 33.3 % concentration with the same starting product, using %Cl2 instead of %NaClO. The same example for H2O2 would be O2 <----> 2 H2O2 as 32 <----> 68 so you have now gaind 112.5 % concentration with the same starting product, using %H2O2 instead of %O2.

I am not saying that ClO2 is actually NaClO2 (Sodium chlorite), but it could be. In this case you should be talking about active O2. So then O2 <----> ClO2 as 32 <----> 64 in other words you would have gaind 100 % based on the starting product Sodium chlorite. So using ClO2 makes this example sound more concentrated. An acid solution of NaClO2 indeed would generate ClO2 gas.

1.- In reality the NaClO has a different equasion: 2 NaOH + Cl2 <----> NaCl + NaClO + H2O

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I think your "stabilised" ClO2 is just NaClO2, or an acid solution of the same.
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Ripped off by a 10-15 ml mouthwash bottle !

The following is a typical formula for bleaching polyester-cotton blend fabrics: 2 g/1 NaClO2, 2 ml/1 formic acid (85%) to adjust pH to 3, 1 g/l NaNO3.

Tim, it may look like your patent theory has gone down the drain. These mouthwash guy's may just be a bunch of common crooks. I wonder what this 10-15 ml rip off bottle costs ?. Is it an American product ?,.... it couldn't possibly be European !.

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I may not speak badly of those who thought up this mouthwash water, for they have made a discovery in it's own right. Regardless of what this miracle water was used for in the first place. The full potential of black gunpowder was not realised, untill it's darker side became apparent. This in it's own right may be called a discovery.

Interesting about ClO2 is that the chlorine and the oxygen, both work as disinfectants or oxydising elements. NaClO2 would work as an oxygen oxydiser.

Interesting to know would be if this mouthwash has a chlorine, and maybe allso acidic odore to it. If not, then I think sparkgap is right.

Quote sparkgap 29-6-2005 at 11:48 AM:
Well, from what I've read thus far, it's not really ClO2 that is in the mouthwash per se; rather, the chlorite ions present in the mouthwash are supposed to decompose into chlorine dioxide while you are swishing it in your mouth. Well, at least that's how I understand the product brochures I've read. The buffering is to retard decomposition, I would presume.

[Edited on 1-7-2005 by Lambda]
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About getting ripped off... my wife sent me to buy swim-ear drops.
I paid $6.5 for a 29mL bottle. this is whats in it: Isopropyl alchool, 95% Inactive ingredient: Anhydrous glycerin 5%. For$6.5 you can make 1 gallon of something similar to that.

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Archimede, we should bumb the market with Sciencemadness products and get forum sponsorship in this way. The money is out there, all we have to do is to grab it by means of a few good products. What about a shampo for balled men ?.

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I should sell homeopathy products. Tap water with a dash of alum and brown food coloring, sell it for \$30 an ounce!

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Sell it as hairgrow lotion or penis enlargement ointment. You will be surprised how many orders you will get, but don't use the Sciencemadness logo on your product !.
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I've been googling and guessing for a while, but probably not coming close to the actual answer. Can someone tell me: if NaClO2 is such an effective sanitizer, why it isn't used to chlorinate swimming pools?

(Be kind )

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I do find it strange that there is no mention of concentrations of any sort on the label...

Maybe I should be doing a redox titration just to make sure...

But it does work!

sparky (^_^)

P.S. There is the slight hint of the "swimming pool" odor most of us have come to know and love...

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zoomer: Price. Chlorites aren't nearly as cheap as hypochlorites.
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Duh. [sheepish grin] That's why I shouldn't surf after bedtime. Checking around, it's twice the price of sodium dichloroisocyanurate, which is what most people use.

Thanks!

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Speaking of Products

.... How about underarm deodorant? I'm getting a bit irked at paying several dollars for a few ounces of roll-on that lasts just a few weeks. The bottle says "Active ingredient Aluminum Chlorohydrate 18%". Wouldn't that just be AlCl3 in water? Should be able to crank out a gallon of it for the price of a bottle of deodorant if so.
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AlCl3.H2O *was* the original deoderant. Oh what fun it must've been to introduce such a personal product in the Victorian era.

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Also speaking of products...

... theres a product called Stingose on the market down here, a treatment for mosquito stings, and the active ingredient is aluminium sulfate. I'm not sure on the concentration (if I find the bottle I'll double-check), but it was very dilute IIRC, probably a few grams per bottle of fluid (in a spray dispenser).

I agree with the idea of a SM range of budget products, think of the savings!

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Think of the "household" cleaners we could brew, too. CS2 or CCl4 cleaner, anyone? HCl for uber-CLR?

Tim (hey, I clean containers of powdery residues (Cu(OH)2 f.ex.) that way! )

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I believe the EPA will either kick the shit out of you or sue your pants off if you start marketing carbon tet or disulfide for consumer use... oh wait, the government has other concerns at the moment Maybe we can generate revenue for SMDB!!!

sparky (~_~)

P.S. C'mon, we're veering way out here... hasn't anyone else seen stabilized chlorine dioxide?

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Nah,....no need, for we all have good breath out here.

Sparkgap, you said that it had a chlorine odor, so it can't be pure NaClO2. I think it is a bufferd acidic solution of NaClO2.

Look at this example:

The following is a typical formula for bleaching polyester-cotton blend fabrics: 2 g/1 NaClO2, 2 ml/1 formic acid (85%) to adjust pH to 3, 1 g/l NaNO3.

Please try and burn some over a flame with a piece of wire, and check it for Sodium. They may then allso have used a Sodium salt buffer.

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