While we aren’t trying to solve any issues with the earth’s ozone layer, we have spent considerable effort to understand the use of ozone as a cleaning agent and in developing products that safely and reliably eliminate odors and kill potentially harmful bacteria.
Our engineer has years of experience in water purification and gas management systems, including leading ten separate teams in product development and manufacturing efforts on the International Space Station. Like many historical advances in consumer products, Odor Crusher’s development has roots in the space program. We were able to use our engineer’s expertise to better understand the impact of ozone on items commonly used in sports gear and on bacteria commonly found in active settings. We believe this sets us apart from others in our industry.
Internally we have performed thousands of hours of testing to improve our understanding of the impact of ozone on odors and on the materials hosting the odor. We have invested significantly in 3rd party testing to determine the necessary ozone application techniques to kill bacteria at over a 99% effective rate. In short, we believe we have the best understanding of applying ozone in products for hunters and sports enthusiasts in the industry and we intend to continue to invest to maintain that position.
In high concentrations ozone can cause harmful reactions, particularly to mucous and the respiratory system. There are federal safety standards limiting the amount of ozone that can be released into the air. Our products are designed to be well within those standards when used properly.
Pretty much everything. Ozone is one of nature’s most powerful oxidizers and has been used as an organic cleaner for years. Nearly all bottled water is treated with ozone and many municipal water systems around the world use ozone to treat drinking water. We have tested our products using common smells like sweat, smoke, food, animal scents (including skunk) and have used third party labs to test bacteria and viruses including MRSA, Salmonella, Norovirus and E.coli. Ozone was shown to be effective at eliminating or killing these smells and organisms.
Ozone has an odor somewhat similar to chlorine, detectable at fairly low levels of concentration. As ozone is exposed to air it quickly reverts to ordinary oxygen so its smell dissipates quickly.
Over time, we have modified our generators to run for a maximum time of 30 minutes for one application. In most situations, this will clean and disinfect your gear. If smells are more ingrained in the fabrics or materials, you may need to use the generator for more than one cycle. We strongly recommend that you allow the unit to remain undisturbed for an amount of time equal to the run time prior to opening and then allowing fresh air to be exposed to your material, before beginning another cycle. This process will reduce some of the potential impacts on the materials.
The short answer is that we haven’t seen significant impacts on the materials typically used in sporting gear after applying ozone for normal periods of time at typical intervals.
While we would love to say ozone has no effect on clothing or other materials found in sports gear, our testing has shown that, much like ordinary laundry, ozone does have some impact over time. For example, we designed a test to determine whether clothing subjected to high ozone exposure over a relatively short period of time would deteriorate. While the shirts used didn’t suffer significantly from a structural standpoint, the darker fabrics did see some fading at the end of this unusually prolonged test. In addition, our longer duration testing showed that natural rubber and lower grade elastics, not typically found in sporting garments, experienced some loss of elasticity.
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