Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Bleach Myths Rebuked

Myths abound when it comes to bleach. But with simple understanding comes more effective use of a great versatile product. I've addressed some of the common myths below.

If a label says a garment cannot be bleached, do not bleach it.

Almost all cotton whites and most synthetic whites are safe to treat with liquid bleach. If a label on your whites instructs not to use bleach, test it out on a hidden area (A bleachability test can be found on the back label or on drlaundryblog.com). If there is no visible effect, it can be bleached. This is also true for many printed and colored fabrics.

Your washing machine is clean.

Washing machines are a haven for germs. Adding Regular-Bleach to at least one wash load a week will help prevent build up of biofilm in your washer.

Cleaning with diluted bleach is the same as using a bleach-based cleaner.

A bleach-based disinfecting cleaner enhances cleaning and disinfecting, since it has both surfactants and bleach. Surfactants help clean by breaking down grease and heavier soils, while registered bleach removes stains and disinfects. In addition, a bleach-based cleaner offers a convenient and consistent way to clean since both surfactants and bleach are already combined in a pre-mixed solution.

Bleach seems too intense for use around the house.

Bleach-based cleaners can be used to clean and disinfect hard, nonporous surfaces around the house such as porcelain, tile, counters, sinks, refrigerators, appliances, fiberglass and tubs.

Bleach is a harsh chemical that can cause harm to my septic system.

Some Toilet Bowl Cleaners - with Bleach is safe to use on septic systems. Since bleach breaks down very rapidly, especially when it comes into contact with organic matter, the ingredients in Name brand Toilet Bowl Cleaners - with Bleach won't harm your septic system.

Using a bleach cleaner in my colored toilet might cause discoloration of my toilet bowl.

The recommended use of Name brand Toilet Bowl Cleaners - with Bleach will not harm colored toilets. By using Name brand Toilet Bowl Cleaners - with Bleach, you can kill 99.9% of odor-causing bacteria and remove tough stains for a cleaner, toilet bowl and fresher bathroom*.

*Use as directed.
Bleach in the toilet may be harmful to my pets if they happen to drink from the bowl.

It should not be a problem if your pet ingests small amounts of water from a toilet bowl cleaned with a bleach product. However, pets should not rely on drinking from the toilet bowl as a main source of water.

If a pet ingests undiluted product or large amounts of toilet bowl water containing product, it is recommended that you contact your veterinarian.

Usage Tips:
Need to eliminate dinginess and improve cleaning results in your laundry?

You can improve results in your laundry by

sorting properly
pre-treating or pre-soaking spots, stains, and heavily soiled garments
using enough detergent
adding liquid bleach to your load
using the warmest water temperature recommended for the fabric
loading your washer loosely


JudiElise said...

Thanks for rebuking the myths about bleach.

For those of us who cannot use the chemical due to chemical sensitivities, may I suggest baking soda, vinegar, borax and hydrogen peroxide. These are everyday chemicals that seem to work for those of us with allergies.

Great article!

SBT said...

I agree - thank you very much for this post. I have always been a fan of bleach and it makes me frustrated when I enocunter people who deride bleach, but use complex cleaners that are really expensive, and contain complex chemicals that might actually be way more harmful and bio-persistent.