"Doesn't household bleach affect sea life?"

Fact: Not to worry. Most used bleach turns into salt and water. The rest is safely treated by municipal waste plants.

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"I heard bleach can damage my equipment."

Fact: When used as directed, Clorox® bleach is safe to use on a wide range of hard, nonporous surfaces and materials.

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"Isn't there free chlorine in bleach?"

Fact: No, Clorox® bleach does not contain free chlorine. In fact, it’s derived from common table salt, sodium chloride.

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"Won't bleach form dangerous dioxins?"

Fact: When used for everyday cleaning and disinfecting, Clorox® bleach cannot produce harmful dioxins.

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"Isn't bleach actually a pesticide?"

Fact: While most bleach products are primarily disinfectants, some of them can in fact be used as pesticides.



"Isn't bleach a carcinogenic chemical?"

Fact: No, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has concluded that bleach does not cause cancer.

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Disinfecting lowdown.


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