The difference between color-safe bleach and regular bleach is the active ingredients used in each formula. Regular bleach uses sodium hypochlorite, while color-safe bleach uses hydrogen peroxide, which is less aggressive.Know More
Regular bleach is more aggressive, but it can still be safely used on a variety of fabrics, according to Clorox. This includes polyester, cotton, nylon and acyrlic. Some fabrics that regular bleach should never be used on are leather, spandex, wool, silk, mohair and nonfast colors. Nonfast colors refer to fabrics that can become discolored by sodium hypochlorite.
While there are a small amount of colored fabrics that can be safely washed in regular bleach, many colored fabrics can be washed with color-safe bleach. In a study conducted by Clorox on its own color-safe bleach, Clorox2, more than 600 colored fabrics were washed with color-safe bleach, and just over 98 percent of them didn't lose their color. All the colored fabrics were labeled with the warning, “Do not bleach.”
Despite the successful study conducted with Clorox2, Clorox recommends that people wash their colored clothing only with detergent. Since there is at least a 2 percent chance that its color-safe bleach can still remove color from fabrics, Clorox recommends that customers don't wash any colored clothing with color-safe bleach if they are worried about the color being removed.Learn more about Cleaning Products
According to Medline Plus, it is important for anyone who inhales bleach to contact 911 or a local poison control center as soon as possible. Bleach contains sodium hypochlorite, a toxic chemical that is poisonous when inhaled or ingested. Symptoms of sodium hypochlorite poisoning from inhalation include coughing, burning eyes, burning throat, burning esophagus and chest pain. Medline Plus also advises never to mix bleach with ammonia.Full Answer >
Germicidal bleach is the first choice for disinfecting hard surfaces, according to Clorox. It is registered by the Environmental Protection Agency to kill Clostridium difficle spores, commonly known as c-difficle, a bacterial species that causes pseudomembranous colitis.Full Answer >
The active ingredient in Clorox bleach is sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl), a strong oxidizing agent used to clean, sanitize and disinfect surfaces and liquids, and to destroy pigments in stains and textiles. This is a powerful and potentially dangerous chemical which must be handled carefully.Full Answer >
According to Clorox, wall surfaces and appliances can be disinfected with a solution of ? cup of Clorox bleach per 1 gallon of water. Wipe down the surfaces with the solution and allow it to stand for five minutes. Rinse the surfaces and allow them to air dry.Full Answer >