This is the second in a series of articles about using ammonia, bleach and rubbing alcohol as superior cleaning products. Before moving on to a new list, let’s explore the origins of bleach.
In the late 1800s, the bacteria-fighting effects of sodium hypochlorite were discovered by Louis Pasteur. Clorox bleach had its beginning when five investors decided to convert brine found in the salt ponds of San Francisco into bleach through the use of electrolysis. They opened offices in Oakland, CA, and named their bleach product Clorox in 1914.
Due to Pasteur’s discovery that sodium hypochlorite was effective in the destruction of disease-carrying bacteria, the investors became certain bleach would become a household product – and they were absolutely right. According to eHow.com, 8 out of 10 homes in America used Clorox bleach as of 2009. Additionally, it was sold in 100 countries.
The function of bleach is to kill bacteria such as staph, salmonella and E.coli; viruses such as influenza; rhinovirus (one of the causes of the common cold); and the fungus which causes athlete’s foot, according to FactsAboutBleach.com. It is environmentally safe, with 95 – 98% of Clorox bleach rapidly turning into salt and water after its use.
This second list will focus on the use of bleach in the bathroom. Why not print it out for future reference?