Sterilization of spent bathwater and washed fabrics by the Addition of weakly acidic electrolyzed water

Tetsuya Takahashi, Yoko Tsurunaga, Yuji Aso, Tetsuo Kondo

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Abstract

This paper attempts to propose a laundry use of spent bathwater in Japan sterilized by non-diaphragm electrolytic treatment (Single cell). Twenty liters of spent bathwater was treated with 25 mL of electrolyzed water obtained by electrolytic treatment to examine its bactericidal effect. The treated bathwater also was used for washing fabrics to examine the antibacterial effect of the treatment on the washed fabrics. Before the experiment, non-treated bathwater was used for washing fabrics and revealed that the washed fabrics had as many as 8.19 × 103 CFU/mL viable bacteria. When distilled water was used for "rinsing" the washed fabrics, many viable bacteria remained on the washed fabrics, even after "rinsing" for 12 minutes. Addition of 25 mL of aqueous HC1 to 20 L of spent bathwater indicated that the acid did not have any bactericidal effect. In contrast, addition of 25 mL of electrolyzed aqueous HC1 to 20 L of spent bathwater almost completely eliminated viable bacteria. Moreover, when the treated bathwater was used for washing fabrics dipped in the spent bathwater, few viable bacteria were found on the washed fabrics. These results demonstrate that non-diaphragm electrolytic treatment was very effective at killing bacteria in spent bathwater and at sterilizing fabrics washed in the treated bathwater.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-155
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Fiber Science and Technology
Volume68
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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