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City's disinfectant machine available for residents

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 - The City of Sallisaw is reminding residents that its hypochlorous acid machine is still available for those in need of disinfectant to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, which is on the rise in the Sooner State.

Sallisaw City Manager Keith Skelton said recently that “with COVID numbers continuing to grow, we want to make this product available to our citizens to help fight the virus. The city will make the disinfectant available to all government agencies and school districts in Sequoyah County at no cost. If we have amounts available, citizens may also pick up the disinfectant as they need it, also at no cost.”

Hypochlorous acid (HOCl) is a powerful oxidant that is 100 times more effective than bleach at killing pathogens. The City of Sallisaw bought the machine with CARES Act funding through the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council. The city is using the disinfectant to fight the COVID-19 virus, as well as to disinfect all city and public equipment and facilities. The HOCl machine can make up to 312 gallons of disinfectant per day, Skelton said.

If you would like to obtain some disinfectant, call City Hall at (918) 775-6241 and schedule an appointment for Monday through Friday between 3 and 4 p.m. The pickup location is the Sallisaw Parks Department on West Quesenberry, east of Elm Street. Those who want HOCI are asked to bring a plastic container (with lid or cap), not exceeding gallons. HOCI has a shelf life of 3-6 months if it is stored in an airtight container.

According to, HOCI does not cause irritation to eyes or skin and causes no harm if ingested. Because of the nature of HOCI, it is the ideal sanitizer for food and food surfaces. HOCI has shown to kill the COVID-19 virus, as well as other SARS-related pathogens. It can be applied using a sprayer or a rag used for wiping down surfaces.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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