Chlorine dioxide disinfects through oxidation. It is the only biocide that is a molecular free radical. It has 19 electrons and has a preference for substances that give off or take up an electron. Chlorine, on the other hand, adds a chlorine atom to or substitutes a chlorine atom from the substance it reacts with.
In brief, chlorine dioxide reacts with oxygen to kill harmful particles. Feel free to call Steri Tab Lab at 325-201-1127 with any questions or concerns.