Cleans sushi? Check. Disinfects toilets? Check.

A “miracle liquid” is all the rage in Japan, and now the U.S.

Popular in Japan—where people spray it on sushi to kill bacteria—a “miracle liquid,” that cleans, degreases and disinfects, is gaining in popularity in the U.S., where people use it to do everything from treat athlete’s foot to kill countertop salmonella. The “powerful, yet nontoxic,” cleaning agent is a simple mix of salt and tap water, zapped “with low-voltage electricity.” It’s safe enough to drink and currently Michigan jailers mop with it, to keep potentially lethal cleaners out of the hands (and mouths) of inmates. Skeptics abound, but the staff of one L.A. hotel have already ditched “skin-chapping bleach and pungent ammonia,” and hope to replace dishwasher detergent with what they call “el liquido milagroso.

Los Angeles Times