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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Question

What are all of the negative aspects of using bleach while cleaning?


Answer

There are several types of bleach, but the use of chlorine bleach is likely what you are inquiring about.
Here is a quote from the Housekeeping Channel at: www.housekeepingchannel.com.
ďUse bleach only in well-ventilated areas. Take a break in the fresh air at the first sign of any irritation from chloride vapors; wear eye protection and a face mask if necessary.
Those fumes hint strongly that chlorine bleach is a reactive agent. Bleach reacts badly with many other strong chemicals. Combining liquid bleach with ammonia, drain cleaners, automatic dishwasher detergent or other strong acids or alkalis may set off chemical reactions that release toxic fumes, or produce hazardous solutions that can burn skin and eyes or harm the environment. Mix bleach with water, mild soap or laundry detergent only. If you donít know all of the ingredients used in a cleaning product, itís safest to avoid mixing chlorine bleach with it.Ē
This doesnít mention the color removal capability of the spilled chemical on most textiles including carpet.
The use of chlorine bleach is justified in many disinfecting situations, but it must be used with care for all the above reasons. It is a poor general cleaning agent, but an effective disinfectant. Use with caution.
Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Associate Editor
lekrafft@juno.com