liquid bleach is sodium hypochlorite at a 5.25 percent strength
in a water-based solution. Sodium hypochlorite is one of
those rare products in which most of it comes from a single
compound–in this case salt water–and then after use reverts
back to that same compound (see Bleach
Cycle). Sodium hypochlorite is manufactured by mixing
chlorine with sodium hydroxide and water. Following testing
to ensure proper strength and filtering to remove any impurities,
the sodium hypochlorite bleach is bottled.
Except for quality control improvements, Clorox bleach
remains unchanged since its introduction to American consumers
objective of washing clothes is to remove soil, stains,
bacteria and odors from fabrics. When bleach comes into
contact with large, chain-linked soil molecules, it breaks
them down into smaller units. These units have a harder
time sticking to clothes. The combination of bleach, detergent
and the washing machine's mechanical action work together
to remove soils.
In household cleaning, sodium hypochlorite bleach works
the same way, as it kills mold and mildew, and removes stains
from porcelain sinks, toilets, tubs and Formica without
DOES BLEACH GO?
reacting with stains and soils in the wash, bleach breaks
down to become primarily salt water. Any remaining bleach
goes down the drain into either the local sewer system or
septic tank and reacts with wastewater components–dirt and
other inorganic materials–and is completely deactivated
before it's released into any waterway.
BLEACH CONTAIN CHLORINE?
hypochlorite bleach does not contain or generate chlorine
gas when used by itself or when used as directed with other
products. Formation of chlorine gas can occur only if sodium
hypochlorite bleach is mixed with acids, such as acidic
toilet bowl cleaners. A strong warning statement covering
this type of misuse is clearly stated on Clorox bleach