Guess What? FROG Filter Mate Made the All-Star List of Things That Go Best Together:
- Peanut butter and jelly
- Romeo and Juliet
- Rock ‘n roll
- The moon and stars
- Donuts and sprinkles
- Bacon and eggs
- Movies and popcorn
- Wine and cheese
- Family and friends
- FROG Filter Mate and chlorine or bromine
Why does this matter?
Because FROG Filter Mate’s patented mineral technology combines with chlorine or bromine to kill bacteria 2 ways. You use less chlorine or bromine, and you get Cleaner, Clearer, Softer® water that’s Easier to maintain.
OK, but how does this work – and don’t chlorine and bromine work on their own?
Worthy questions, let’s dive in:
Chlorine: How it works
Chlorine is effective at killing bacteria. Here’s a bit of the science:
When chlorine is added to water, it forms a weak acid called hypochlorous acid. This acid is proficient at killing bacteria like salmonella and E. coli, and it also knocks out many viruses.
What makes hypochlorous acid lethal to microbes is its neutral electrical charge. Bacteria’s cell walls have a net negative charge and repel other negatively charged particles in the water. Hypochlorous acid is neutral – it’s not negatively or positively charged therefore, it’s not only able to make contact with bacteria cells, but it also invades them.1
Once it invades bacteria it wreaks havoc.
“Chlorine basically tears apart a germ, shredding its cell membrane and proteins1.”
~ Michele Hlavsa, chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Healthy Swimming Program.
Bromine: How it Works
Bromine works by a process called ionization. Bromine combines with bacteria and forces apart the chemical bonds of its adversary.
Bromine dissociates in water by forming hypobromous acid (HBrO). This has powerful disinfectant properties, owing to its ability to kill the cells of many pathogens. It’s effective against tough waterborne viruses, such as poliovirus and rotaviruses, as well as a wide spectrum of bacteria.3