The Truth About Bleach

Dispel myths and learn about America’s favorite cleaning ingredient.

  • Environment
  • Aquatic Life
  • Equipment/Surfaces
  • Chlorine
  • Dioxins
  • Chemicals
  • Cancer
  • Myth:

    Bleach harms the environment.

    Fact:

    Household bleach doesn’t contaminate ground water because it begins and ends as salt water in a fully sustainable cycle.

  • Myth:

    Bleach harms aquatic life.

    Fact:

    Everyday use of bleach degrades into salt and water. The rest is treated by municipal waste water plants.

  • Myth:

    Bleach damages equipment and surfaces.

    Fact:

    When used as directed, Clorox bleach is safe for use on a variety of hard, nonporous surfaces.

  • Myth:

    There is free chlorine in household bleach.

    Fact:

    Clorox bleach is derived from sodium chloride (common table salt) and there’s no free chlorine in the final product.

  • Myth:

    Bleach forms dioxins.

    Fact:

    When used for cleaning and disinfecting, bleach cannot form harmful dioxins.

  • Myth:

    Bleach products are also pesticides.

    Fact:

    Although some bleach products are EPA registered disinfectants, the EPA registers many disinfectants as pesticides including those that are primarily a public health disinfectant.

  • Myth:

    Bleach causes cancer.

    Fact:

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that sodium hypochlorite (bleach) is not cancer-causing.

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Help kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria

  • Bathtubs
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  • Countertops
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  • Doorknobs
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Remove Mold and Mildew

Help remove mold and mildew from your household

  • Bathtubs
  • Bathroom Tiles
  • Washing Machines
  • House Siding
  • Patio Furniture

Sanitize and Disinfect Delicate Surfaces

Sanitize non-porous items

  • Baby Bottles
  • Teething Rings
  • Rubber Duckies
  • Dog Bowls
  • High Chairs
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