MIT ENDICOTT HOUSE INITIATES ANOTHER MAJOR GREEN INITIATIVE REPLACING CLEANING AND SANITIZING CHEMICALS WITH ELECTROLYZED WATER
General Manager of Upscale Conference Center Has Virtually Eliminated Chemical
Sanitizers and Detergents from Housekeeping and Food Service Operations
Dedham Ma – September 6, 2011 – The hospitality industry is embracing green initiatives, and
MIT Endicott House, the conference center owned and operated by The Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, is leading the way by virtually eliminating toxic sanitizers and detergents from the
property and replacing them with a revolutionary technology, the PathoSans Electrolyzed Water
System from PanoSans LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Spraying Systems Co. of Wheaton,
Illinois that electrochemically converts salt, and water into a safe, non-toxic sanitizer proven to be
more powerful than bleach and a solution that cleans floors, carpeting and eventually laundry and
dishes without soaps, detergents or any other any toxic chemicals.
What Is Electrolyzed Water?
The antimicrobial solution created by the process is known as hypochlorous acid, a strong
disinfectant that is harmless to food and to humans, but in independent laboratory tests and in
tests sponsored by the EPA, has been proven to be a more powerful sanitizer than chlorine
bleach. The device also creates an alkaline stream of sodium hydroxide which is a basic
element in many soaps and detergents. Both solutions are safe enough to be used in a variety of
kitchen activities ranging from hand sanitizing to disinfecting food prep surfaces and equipment.
The sodium hydroxide can be used to wash floors without detergent eliminating soap residue and
saving money. Electrolyzed Water is approved as a sanitizer and for wound care by the FDA.
How Electrolyzed Water Works
The process is elegant in its simplicity. Tap water is pumped into compartments alternating a
positive and negative electrical charge in every other compartment. These compartments
comprise a patent pending electrolytic cell. This cell is submerged in a saturated saline solution.
As chloride ions enter the positively charged compartments, the electrical charge
electrochemically converts the ion from chloride (Cl) to hypochlorous acid (HOCl), a powerful
sanitizer that has been proven in independent laboratory tests and in tests conducted on behalf of
the EPA to be a more effective sanitizer than chlorine bleach in higher concentrations, but is
In the negatively charged compartments, the sodium ions (Na) are electrochemically converted to
sodium hydroxide (NaOH), a basic component of many soaps and detergents, which acts as a
grease cutter and cleaning solution that is equally non-toxic. Both solutions are harmless if they
come into contact with the skin, eyes or mouth.
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At the conference center, the entire facility including guest rooms, conference rooms, common
areas and the kitchen are all cleaned and sanitized with electrolyzed water making Endicott
House the greenest facility of its kind.
According to General Manager, Michael Fitzgerald, “MIT is world headquarters for innovation.
Here at Endicott House we have embraced an innovative and significant green initiative. We
compost, recycle everything from cardboard boxes to wooden palates, and plastic bottles, and
now we have virtually eliminated toxic chemical cleaners and sanitizers. We are the first
conference center in the U.S. to adopt this technology making this implementation a jewel in our
environmental crown and a feather in MIT’s cap of innovation.”
The Environmental Domino Effect
In addition to eliminating toxic chemicals, using this technology has a positive domino effect on
the environment. MIT Endicott House is helping to save oil and gasoline as a result of fewer
deliveries. There is a savings on plastic bottles made with oil, which are no longer needed to
store chemicals and at some point, need to be discarded to a land fill or recycled. Waste water
leaving the property is now virtually free of substances that contaminate sewer treatment system
and the environment. Finally, using this ultra green technology greatly reduces the presence of
chemicals from guests and employees.
About MIT Endicott House
Surrounded by 25 acres of magnificent gardens and grounds, Endicott House is a 1934 mansion
built in the style of a French manor. With a history enriched in old-world grandeur and enhanced
by contemporary refinements, Endicott House offers a unique site for a meeting or executive
education. It is a world apart, yet only minutes from Boston.