Ecothrive Neutralise | Tap Water Dechlorinator - House of Kojo
Ecothrive Neutralise | Tap Water Dechlorinator - House of Kojo

Ecothrive Neutralise | Tap Water Dechlorinator

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Neutralise instantly dechlorinates tap water, protecting beneficial microbes from the harmful effects of both chlorine and chloramine. It's ideal for conditioning tap water before adding microbial products such as Biosys. 

Recommended dosage: 1 drop/Litre of water.

Why should we be concerned about tap water chlorine for our gardens?

Watering growing media or soil with fresh tap water (or a tap water made nutrient solution) will kill some of the root zone microbes, mainly at the surface and within the top 1/3rd of the pot.

As the water is distributed over this area first, this is where most of the chlorine oxidising occurs and as is passes down through the pores and channels it will reduced into harmless low levels of chloride ions that the plants and microbes can use.

Chlorine compounds also antagonise root growth of some plants, studies have shown reduced root growth and plant health in hydroponic lettuce when chloramine is present at typical tap water levels.

Is tap water chlorine safe for use with microbial products?

No. Chlorine and chloramine will make beneficial microbial products much less effective. If making microbial teas such as Biosys, using untreated tap water is a bad idea as the chlorine in the water will antagonise the organisms attempting to be activated in the water.

If, like many organic or hydro gardeners, you are trying to culture beneficial microorganisms in your soil, coco or hydro system, it’s best to dechlorinate the water first to give them the best environment possible for growth to flourish.

How much chlorine do we have in our tap water?

In the UK the average amount of total chlorine is 0.5mg/l. This is a target that water companies try to keep, but can it go up to 1mg/l. The world health organisation set a health based guideline of 5mg/L for drinking water.

You can purchase a chlorine test kit or digital meter to give you a better idea. We have used and recommend the Hanna Handheld Colorimeters - HI-701 Free Chlorine and HI-711 Total Chlorine. If you have both, you can subtract the Free Chlorine result from the total chlorine result to let the know the combined/bound chlorine - which is predominantly the chloramine content.

We have tested the tap water at our offices in Sheffield on multiple occasions at different times of day. We have found the upper total chlorine to be 0.5mg/l, this is usually at peak water use times like early morning and late afternoon, and lower level to be 0.3mg/l. There seems to be a consistent amount of chloramine at 0.2mg/l, and a more variable amount of free chlorine depending on how quickly it's moving through the municipal water supply system.

How much total chlorine will neutralise treat?

Neutralise is formulated to deal with 0.6mg/l of total chlorine (free chlorine and chloramine) when used at 1ml per 20L, or if using the dropper bottle 1 drop per L.

Most tap water will have 0.5mg/L total chlorine or less, so Neutralise will deal with the majority of situations. If you have more that 0.6mg/L total chlorine then you can use a double dose, 2 drops or 1 ml per 10L.

How much is one drop from the 50ml Neutralise dropper bottle?

Each drop is consistently 0.05ml (50 microlitres)

How will Neutralise affect my water or nutrient solution?

Neutralise is ideal for treating water before adding microbial products or liquid nutrients, and is suitable for use with any other brand of nutrient or additive. Neutralise will not affect the final conductivity, but is mildly acidic and can reduce the pH of soft tap water by 0.1. If you have moderate or hard tap water you will not notice any effect on pH.

Is a chlorine water filter a better option?

Water filtration is another great way to reduce chlorine compounds. A good quality inline water filter containing granular activated carbon will deal with the majority of free chlorine from tap water, working in the same way as Ecothrive Neutralise; as reduction agent converting chlorine to chloride. Inline carbon filters do not adsorb chlorine or remove chloride. For complete removal you will need a Reverse Osmosis filter.

 

The size listed is the diameter of the nursery pot. To ensure your decorative pot fits the plant, ensure the diameter is at least 2cm larger than the nursery pot size.

6cm - Baby Plant

9cm to 12cm - Small Plant

13cm to 15cm - Medium Plant

16cm to 19cm - Large Plant

21cm+ - XL Plant

Delivery & Collection

How much does delivery cost?

Plant delivery is £6.99 to UK, Tracked Delivery via DPD. Currently we cannot deliver to outside of the UK. Shipping to Northern Ireland is £10.99 and the Channel Islands is £15.99. Delivery is free on orders over £50. Unfortunately we cannot offer free delivery over £50 to Northern Ireland or the Channel Islands. 

Delivery on orders only containing gift vouchers or greeting cards is free. 

When are your delivery days?

We ship plants Monday to Thursday for delivery Tuesday to Friday. We do not currently deliver on the weekend. Orders made from Thursday afternoon onwards will be dispatched the following Monday. Orders are aimed to be dispatched within 1-3 working days, once dispatched they are delivered next day tracked via DPD. Short delays may occur. 

Please see our cold weather shipping for further details.

How long does delivery take? 

Orders are aimed to be dispatched within 1-3 working days Mon-Thur. Once dispatched parcels are delivered next day via DPD to the UK. On the rare occasion there are any delays to your order you will be notified asap.

Do you ship in winter? 

We ship right through winter. We include heat packs where necessary but when temperatures fall below zero, we halt shipping of all plants. Typically this is only for a day or so at a time but it may end up being for an extended period if the weather is particularly bad.

Do you deliver to the USA?

Currently we do not, we can only deliver to the UK. 

Is your packaging recyclable?

All of our packing is made from recycled materials and can also be recycled. Our packing peanuts are made from starch, they are biodegradable and can be dissolved in water or composted. 

Click & Collect

Orders are available for free same day click & collect from our unit, if you would like click & collect please drop us an email at info@houseofkojo.com after you place your order and we can refund the delivery cost and arrange collection.

How do I collect?

You can collect from our unit at Unit C1, Burley Hill Trading Estate, Leeds, LS4 2PU. Our times for collection are Monday-Friday between 10am and 5pm. Please be aware collection will not be available outside of those times.

When do I collect?

Your order will be ready for collection same day. If you want to collect on a specific day, please mention this in your email. 

How will I know my order has been processed?

You will receive an email to confirm your order has been processed.

How will I know when my order has been dispatched?

You will receive a confirmation email to let you know when your order has been dispatched.

What do I do if nobody is home at the time of delivery?

If you know you will not be home on the day of delivery please contact DPD directly through your tracking details where you can instruct them to leave in a safe place, with a neighbour or at a local pickup point.

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