On the fence about using Force of Nature cleaner in your own home? In this Force of Nature cleaner review, I’m breaking down everything you need to know about this DIY cleaning product to get you set up for success!
After seeing this unusual eco-friendly cleaner recommended across social media, I was fascinated to understand how it worked. Fortunately, the company reached out to me to offer a free starter kit in exchange for a Force of Nature review.
Just like all of my product reviews, I wanted to break down every component of this product: affordability, practicality, sustainability, and overall value.
Although I was gifted this item in exchange for a review, the opinions below are entirely my own. I will never recommend a product I don’t actually like and trust for my own family – I promise!
Force of Nature Cleaner Review
As someone who usually only uses homemade cleaning products or natural cleaners, I was reluctant to invest in a pricey system to make my own disinfectant. Couldn’t I use hydrogen peroxide or vinegar instead?
Once I started digging into how this product works and began using it around my house, it became abundantly clear just how special this product truly is and why it’s worth it for you to learn more about exactly how this product works.
I received a free Force of Nature Starter Kit, which typically retails for $80.
What’s in the Starter Kit
- Electrolyzer & power cord
- Reusable spray bottle
- Five activator capsules
- Quick start guide
What is Force of Nature Cleaner?
Force of Nature (FON) is a non-toxic cleaner made by electrolyzing water, salt, and vinegar in an electrolyzer appliance. By running an electrical current through these simple ingredients, you can create the incredibly powerful, non-toxic, multi-purpose cleaner called hypochlorous acid and a very tiny amount of sodium hydroxide.
These simple ingredients turn into a safe, weak acid that’s 100 times more effective than bleach and completely safe for the environment. Your white blood cells actually make this exact same acid to kill off bacteria, and it’s on the EPA’s list of disinfectants that can be used even in hospital settings.
Hypochlorous acid: This acid actually exists in every human body. It’s made in white blood cells to kill bacteria and other irritants. Outside of the body, it can be made easily by electrolyzing salt water. Once you make a batch of this acid, it only lasts for about 12-14 days, which is why you can’t just buy one big bottle and use it for a long time.
Sodium hydroxide: This is a natural cleaner and degreaser commonly known as lye. It can be irritating to the skin at higher concentrations, but there is a very, very, very small amount (0.0000003%) of this ingredient in FON products, so it is not a concern.
How does Force of Nature work?
To make your own bottle of this effective cleaning solution, you’ll need to fill the container with cool filtered tap water and empty one of the activator capsules. Push the start button to turn on the Force of Nature appliance. This will create the electrolyzed water, which will turn into the cleaning solution. You’ll then pour the solution into the plastic spray bottle and use it as desired.
If you keep the device turned on, the light on the device will tell you when the acid needs to be replaced. Since it only lasts for two weeks, you’ll need to keep track of when you made it and make a new batch approximately twice per month by adding one of the pre-measured capsules into the canister of water.
Does Force of Nature smell?
This cleaning solution has a very mild chlorine scent, kind of like visiting a pool. It’s pretty minor and does not come from fragrance; this is the natural scent of hypochlorous acid.
How to Make Force of Nature Spray
- Make sure the plug on the back of the electrolyzer is sealed.
- Add cool filtered water to the fill line.
- Empty the activator capsule into the water. Allow it to set for 10 seconds.
- Plug in the electrolyzer. Press the power button.
- Wait for the device to cycle. When the light is fully green, the solution is done.
- Turn off the device and plug the outlet.
- Add the solution to the cleaning spray bottle.
- Rinse out the electrolyzer.
- Plug in the electrolyzer. Press the power button twice to start the light timer.
Once you’ve made your cleaning solution, you’re ready to use it to clean, sanitize, or disinfect.
3 Levels of Clean
Cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting are not the same thing! What’s the difference?
This process removes dirt and grime. Some germs may be removed, but not all.
Sanitizing will kill almost all of the bacteria on a surface.
This kills almost all bacteria, viruses, and mold on a surface. It’s what’s required in medical settings.
Is Force of Nature cleaner safe?
The amazing thing is that this acid is 100x more powerful than bleach, yet it is completely safe to use even around small children. In fact, some skincare companies use hypochlorous acid in skincare as it’s safe even for super-sensitive skin and can help target acne.
It has no added fragrances or harmful chemicals, so it won’t aggravate any fragrance sensitivities or your asthma.
Most importantly, the Force of Nature solution is one of the most powerful disinfectants available. It’s an EPA-registered disinfectant that kills up to 99.9% of coronavirus, Listeria, Staph, MRSA, Influenza A and more. Normally, you’d only see a laundry list like that on a bottle of Lysol or bleach, which generally aren’t safe for a lot of people due to the ingredients. This non-toxic cleaning product is different. It has absolutely no additives, dyes, fragrances, or allergens. It contains one ingredient that you make yourself in the electrolyzer!
Plus, this germ-killing substance can be used on more than just your kitchen counter or toilet seat. It’s safe enough to use even on fabrics to help tackle pet odors and other smells (of course, spot-test any fabric to make sure the dye is colorfast).
What you’ll never find inside:
Most conventional cleaning products have a bunch of ingredients to get the right color, texture, and efficacy. Those ingredients are not always great for human health, and in fact, many of them are actually harmful to both humans and the environment.
Why shouldn’t I use bleach?
Although bleach is one of the most effective disinfectants on the market, it’s really not safe. It’s terrible for waterways, and the main ingredient in bleach, sodium hypochlorite, is connected to cancer, respiratory issues, skin irritation, and more.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) gives Lysol bleach at a D and the main ingredient in bleach an F for these reasons.
Force of Nature vs hydrogen peroxide
Normally, I use hydrogen peroxide for disinfecting. It’s inexpensive, easy to find, and works great at killing gunk and grime. It has its risks, of course, but I’ve been pretty happy with it, and it’s on the same list of EPA-approved disinfectants, just like the Force of Nature cleaning solution.
Is it worth it to replace hydrogen peroxide with Force of Nature?
- Dwell time: Both products require a dwell time of approximately 10 minutes on a pre-cleaned surface. Typically hydrogen peroxide needs to be rinsed off (especially for surfaces that come in contact with your mouth or eyes), but Force of Nature can be allowed to dry.
- Storage: Peroxide must be stored in a brown container for safety purposes. To turn it into a spray, you can purchase a bottle with a spray nozzle. Force of Nature can be stored in a clear bottle, either plastic or glass. One batch lasts 2 weeks.
- Skin sensitivities: Since peroxide oxidizes when exposed to oxygen, it’s often used to clean wounds. Peroxide actually slows down wound healing and can cause skin irritation in many users. FON is often used in skincare because it is safe for even very sensitive skin. No gloves needed!
- Affordability: Hydrogen peroxide is only $1-2 at your local grocery store. FON costs approximately $1 per refill.
- Ease of Use: Unless you have a spray bottle, you’ll need to dab peroxide on a rag to disinfect surfaces. FON can be sprayed after cleaning and does not need to be rinsed away.
Does Force of Nature actually clean?
Yes! I was worried about this too. How well can this bottle of cleaner actually work? Does the appliance really do anything, or am I just spraying vinegar and salt on stuff?
The best thing about FON is that it is both a cleaner, sanitizer AND disinfectant. It’s a 3-in-1 product that can be used in many, many ways around your home. It can even kill mold and mildew and can be used to remove soap scum on hard surfaces.
10 Different Ways to Use Force of Nature
There are tons of ways to use this safe cleaner, including cleaning things you’d never imagine cleaning with bleach or Lysol!
1. Refresh a couch
Unlike bleach or hydrogen peroxide, which you would not want to use on fabrics, FON is safe enough to use as an air freshener, like Febreeze.
After spot-testing my couch, I sprayed down the whole couch, which sometimes smells like a dog, thanks to our mini Labradoodle. I was shocked at how much better it smelled after just one application!
Since I’m very sensitive to fragrances and can’t use Febreeze, the only other product I’ve found that works this well is $20 per bottle. Yikes!
2. Deodorize a trash can
We’ve had some issues with our trash can becoming stinky over time. We’ve washed and scrubbed it a few times, and the smell finally started to go away, but we decided to use FON as a safe cleaner to kill germs and fight odors.
After we change the bag now, we give the canister a good spray, let it sit for at least 10 minutes, then add the new bag. It’s so much easier to just spray and go!
3. Clean mirrors
Spray the cleaner on your mirror or glass, then buff it away with a dry cloth. This worked as well as other cleaners for us.
4. Sanitize toilets
This is my favorite use. We have plenty of ways to clean the toilet bowl, but disinfecting the toilet itself can be really frustrating. It usually means that I’m pouring hydrogen peroxide on a rag, then wiping down the toilet with the damp rag.
I actually tested out this spray by spraying it directly on the toilet bowl above the water line, knowing it would drip down over the mineral line that forms due to our hard water. I’d noticed little black spots on the water line. With a few sprays and barely any brushing, all the mold spots went away completely.
I did have to use a pumice stone to remove the mineral build-up, but the spray worked great on killing the mold and disinfecting the rest of the toilet.
5. Disinfect kitchen counters
After you wipe down your counters at night, spritz them with the spray and let them sit for 10 minutes. This is perfect for a before-bed clean-up. Your counters will be completely spotless in the morning!
6. Scrub sinks & tubs
I tested this cleaner on two different dirty sinks to see how well it worked. On the first sink, I just sprayed FON and used a scrub brush. It wasn’t quite strong enough to remove a layer of soap scum and mineral build-up, so I tried cleaning with really hot soapy water and that helped.
After reading up on the FON website, I saw that they mentioned using baking soda as a scouring agent to tackle soap scum. I hadn’t tried that in the first situation, so I wanted to test it out again. Fortunately, we had more than enough dirty sinks!
This time, I chose a sink that had soap scum, toothpaste build-up, and some hair from shaving. It was a pretty gross sink and would normally require a good bit of scrubbing to clean it fully.
I squirted some baking soda around the sink and then sprayed liberally with FON. I started scrubbing with a wooden scrub brush.
All of the soap scum, hair, and mineral build-up went away almost immediately. I also brushed the stainless steel handles, which often get hard water spots. Once again, they cleaned with minimal effort. It worked very well and was actually faster than what I normally use.
7. Remove soap scum
Since we have hard water, we tend to get hard water spots on our shower doors. We try to minimize those by filtering our shower water and using a squeegee to wipe down the shower doors after each use.
Still, there are issues here and there, especially where the water accumulates along the edge of the door where the squeegee can’t reach.
I liberally sprayed the shower doors with FON, then squirted baking soda on the doors using a squeeze bottle. I grabbed the same wooden scrub brush from the sink and started scrubbing. Immediately, I noticed the water splotches starting to disappear. I kept scrubbing for a while, then rinsed the doors.
Although they’ll likely need another scrubbing to remove all of the water droplets completely, this was much easier, faster, and cheaper than the expensive cleaning paste I’d used for this purpose before.
8. Sanitize toothbrushes
Spray your toothbrush, let it sit for a minute, then rinse, shake, and air dry.
9. Clean makeup brushes
Since hypochlorous acid is safe even for sensitive skin, you can spray it on your makeup brushes to sanitize them in just one minute.
Personally, I’m pretty content with my suite of natural cleaning products. I have a pretty good system down that’s really inexpensive and low waste. I really didn’t think there would be any need for Force of Nature, but I have to say that it was nice knowing this product was really, truly effective at killing germs, and it was actually safer for me to use than hydrogen peroxide.
10. Kill mold and mildew
Most of us resort to bleach to kill mold or mildew. Since bleach gives me some chest congestion, I prefer to avoid it completely.
We use little drain catchers in our sinks and showers to catch hair and anything else that could clog a drain. They’re great at helping us keep our drains clear, but the plastic one we have does grow mold over time.
It’s normally a pain to try to clean, but I was able to spray it heavily with FON, scrub lightly, and the mold literally fell off. It took way less time and effort. We’ll be using FON to kill mold from now on.
Is Force of Nature eco-friendly?
There are really two parts to this question: the actual cleaning solution and the product itself. The cleaning solution, hypochlorous acid, is completely non-toxic and even safe to spray on plants! It won’t harm you or the environment. I have zero concerns about the cleaner itself.
Electrolyzer: I’m pretty cautious about bringing new electronic devices into my home. How well are they really made? Will they really last? How were the materials sourced? Are they repairable, or will they end up in the landfill when they break?
I don’t know much about the appliance itself, although I’ve read reviews from people who used theirs for years before they died.
Activator capsules: Although the acid is made with salt, water, and vinegar, you still need to purchase activator capsules. They’re made of #5 plastic which is technically recyclable, but not at my local recycling facility.
At first, I assumed the capsules were a way to maximize profits, but the company explained that the FDA requires this packaging because if you mess up the concentrations, you’d actually create bleach!
Spray bottle: My spray bottle is made of plastic and would likely be recycled in my local facility. I was actually impressed with the spray nozzle, as it allowed me to spray a very fine mist. When this bottle breaks, I’d replace it with one of the glass spray bottles.
How much does Force of Nature cost?
Clearly, this product has many positive aspects. It’s a fantastic cleaner and disinfectant and is safe even for people with the most sensitive skin, allergies, or autoimmune diseases.
But it’s definitely not as cheap as running to Target and grabbing a bottle of Lysol. How does it really compare when it comes to price?
Force of Nature Starter Kit
How to Get the Most for Your Money
- Upgrade for a better value: The more expensive kits have even more refills, saving you in the long run.
- Wait for a sale: FON often has different sales or offers for new customers, which cut the cost greatly.
- Stock up on capsules: The capsules cost approximately $1 each, and you can buy sets of either 25-50 at a time. This comes out to 8 cents per ounce for each cleaner refill. Plus, each capsule lasts 5 years!
How long will it take for you to recover your money?
Well, I typically use an eco-friendly cleaning concentrate or regular dish soap as my basic cleaner. These are really inexpensive, and I certainly don’t spend more than $30 per year on these ingredients, which I use in other applications too.
For a disinfectant, I use hydrogen peroxide, which is usually $1-2 per bottle. Honestly, I’ve had the same bottle for about a year, so it lasts a long time.
If you’re used to cleaning with really simple, basic ingredients, switching to FON will cost a little more upfront. Even if you religiously make a new batch every two weeks, you’ll be spending about $26 per year on this product in addition to the purchase of your electrolyzer. That’s just over $2 per month for squeaky clean, disinfected surfaces.
However, if you’re still using lots of premade cleaners at the store, this will replace your:
- Cleaning spray
- Glass cleaners
- Stain remover
- Fabric deodorizer
Since it can do so many things, it will be a lot cheaper to focus on one multi-tasking product than to own an armful of unitaskers. Plus, FON is undoubtedly much safer than the conventional products on the market.
Is Force of Nature worth it?
I was really reluctant with this product. Sure, it sounds great, but there can’t be any way that the claims really hold up, right?
I have to admit that I’m seriously impressed by this product. Sure, I wish it had less plastic packaging, but there really is no other product out there that is this powerful yet safe at the same time.
Also…it’s fun to use. You’ll feel like a mad scientist, and you’ll notice just how well it really deals with a variety of messes. Once I got started cleaning, I just kept going because it was so easy to use the same product on every surface.
It’s not quite as low waste as some of the other options I’ve used, but it’s a great product and can be used to replace a bunch of the harmful cleaners hiding under your sink.
It’s exciting to find a product that works this well yet is still so safe to use. I already want to order extras for gifts and would love to have spare bottles to keep in different rooms around the house!
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