Bleach Misconceptions

It's time to separate the myths from the facts about bleach

Most people have a fundamental misunderstanding of the chemistry of household disinfecting bleach. In fact, bleach is the most widely available disinfectant in the world and we're proud of the public health role bleach has played over the years. Bleach has a long history of use in places where killing germs is critical - hospitals, nursing homes, childcare centers, schools and more. Dr. Abel Wolman, one of the early leaders of the American Public Health Association, believed that sodium hypochlorite, the basic ingredient in bleach, has saved more lives than any other substance made by man because of its use in early water disinfection. Life Magazine hailed bleach as one of 100 great advances of the 20th century.