For years we have pointed out that ozone can remove odors from homes and offices and it is a cost effective way to do so, but we have also pointed out that it can be hard on oil paintings, plastics, leather and even some metals.

But now it has made a resurgence as a virus “deactivator.” And it isn’t just the companies that make ozone machines who say it. When author David Hart wrote for R&R magazine, he explained that he reached out to director for the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Dr. Paul Meechan PhD, MPH, RPB, CBSP, SM(NRCM), to inquire if ozone was a useful virucide, the good doctor replied, “Will ozone work — you betcha! Ozone is very effective at inactivating viruses, especially enveloped viruses like the SARS-CoV-2. Within seconds, ozone solubilizes the lipid membrane of the virus.”

Ozone has effectively removed smoke odors, mildew and mold odors, and even raw sewage odors for decades. And those who use it, tell us that very low doses can deactivate COVID-19.

It is effective, it is inexpensive and readily available. And perhaps most importantly, restoration companies have been using it for decades. Now that it has proven itself once again, we may be hearing more about it in the very near future.