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Know the Truth About Bleach

At Clorox®, we’ve heard plenty of tall tales about bleach over the years, and we figured it’s time to put some of the rumors to rest. Let’s dispel a few common myths, and get to know America’s favorite disinfectant a little better.

  • Ocean Life

    The Myth:  "Doesn’t household bleach affect sea life?" The Fact: Not to worry. Most used bleach turns into salt and water. The rest is safely treated by municipal waste plants.
  • Machinery

    The Myth:  "I heard bleach can damage my equipment." The Fact: When used as directed, Clorox® bleach is safe to use on a wide range of hard, non-porous surfaces and materials.
  • Chlorine

    The Myth:  "Isn’t there free chlorine in bleach?" The Fact: No, Clorox® bleach does not contain free chlorine. In fact, it’s derived from common table salt, sodium chloride.
  • Dioxins

    The Myth:  "Won’t bleach form dangerous dioxins?" The Fact: When used for everyday cleaning and disinfecting, Clorox® bleach cannot produce harmful dioxins.
  • Pesticides

    The Myth:  "Isn’t bleach actually a pesticide?" The Fact: While most bleach products are primarily disinfectants, some of them can in fact be used as pesticides.
  • Carcinogens

    The Myth:  "Isn’t bleach a carcinogenic chemical?" The Fact: No, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has concluded that bleach does not cause cancer.

See What Bleach Can Do

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Disinfect Germy Hotspots

Remove Mold & Mildew

Sanitize Household Surfaces