The science behind Toucan Eco is called electrochemical activation

It’s all about breaking up and making up

Toucan Eco lets you make your own multipurpose disinfectant cleaner from just water, salt and electricity that kills up to 99.999% of microorganisms.

It’s eco-friendly, effective and safe, and replaces most chemical cleaners and the single use plastic bottles they are supplied in.

How it works

Electrochemical Activation

The reaction oxidises at the positively charged electrode (the anode) and reduces at the negatively charged electrode (the cathode). This produces the free available chlorine (FAC) solution with changed chemical properties, making a powerful but safe disinfectant and gentle cleaning agent.
Positive Anode

Positive anode

Here, the hydrogen and oxygen in the water reacts with the chlorine in the salt to make hypochlorous acid (HOCl).
Negative Anode

Negative cathode

And the sodium and chloride in the salt combines with the oxygen in the water to produce a low concentration of sodium hypochlorite (NaClO).


The solution naturally wants to revert back to its original state by oxidising organic matter. That’s part of its effectiveness, but also why it reverts back to salty water over six to eight days.

Proven performance to disinfect

Science based on the immune system

When the body comes under attack from invading bacteria and viruses, the immune system responds by sending white blood cells called neutrophils straight to the infection. 

Once activated, these cells produce the same hypochlorous acid (HOCl), which is amongst the most potent and naturally occurring disinfectants.

Along with the solution’s low concentration and gentle pH, that’s why it’s non-toxic and non-allergenic, without any skin irritation or breathing difficulties.

The history behind the technology

It’s based on a science that’s been around since 1834. 

That’s when Michael Faraday published his findings on the principles of electrolysis observing that an electric current passed through a substance produced chemical changes.

Cut to the 1970’s and a Russian scientist called Professor Vitold Bakhir added salt to this process to create a brand-new solution, one that was found to have powerful disinfectant properties. 

This was to develop a solution to combat the effects of biological warfare quickly and easily for use on people, animals, equipment, crops and water supplies.

With developments in technology, smaller devices can now make the solution on demand and onsite.

Toucan Eco uses technology invented by Michael Faraday

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