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How Does Ozone Kill Bacteria

Ozone is being used more often than ever before as a way to kill bacteria. But, if you’re going to be using it on something near your face — like a CPAP mask — you’ll want to know exactly how it works.

Ozone breaks the bonds holding germs together

Bacteria are simple organisms, without a lot holding them together. Ozone is highly reactive and literally punches holes in the bacteria cells until they can’t hold themselves together anymore and fall apart.

Graphic showing how ozone kills germs

Volume and time are important

Imagine you had a hot air balloon and a BB gun. Shooting one hole in the balloon is going to cause it to start leaking air, but isn’t going to do any major damage. Now imagine you’ve 100 people with BB guns all taking shots at it. Those little holes are going to start adding up until the balloon loses its structural integrity and deflates.

To complete the analogy, you’re only given a set amount of time to do it. Obviously, you can punch a lot more holes in the balloon if you’ve got ten minutes to shoot as opposed to one.

Killing bacteria or viruses with ozone works the same way. You need to create a certain level of ozone in a space to eliminate germs effectively. The longer you give the ozone to do its job, the less you’ll need.  The good news is, the amount of ozone needed to kill most bacteria and viruses is fairly small. For example, at only 6 parts per million ozone can kill 99.99% of COVID-19.  All germs are a little different, some are more sensitive than others, but this is a great example of ozone’s power to disinfect.

Is ozone dangerous?

Like almost any cleaning product, ozone needs to be handled responsibly. Prolonged exposure to a high concentration of ozone can be harmful to humans. The good news is, ozone is highly unstable and breaks down very quickly. When ozone does break down, it becomes the safe, breathable oxygen that we need to survive. 

If you’re worried about the safety of using ozone, it should make you feel better to know that ozone has been used for years in a wide variety of industries. For example, dentists often use ozone on patients to sterilize surgical sites to prevent infection.

We’ve designed the Sleep8 CPAP companion with several safety features to ensure that the ozone created stays locked in the filter bag until it has safely dissipated or is converted back to regular oxygen. If you’re interested in learning more, we’ve written an entire article on how the Sleep8 eliminates potentially dangerous bacteria and keeps you safe from any ozone leaks. You can read that right here.

Harness the power of ozone to help maintain your CPAP equipment

CPAP equipment is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. It’s stored in a dark, damp place and you are breathing into it for up to 8 hours at a time. You need to make sure to prevent all those germs from accumulating and potentially making you sick. The ozone generated by the Sleep8 is made to quickly, efficiently, and safely, kill those germs with the touch of a button. 

Want a Sleep8 of your own? You can order one right here.

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