Bleach Misconceptions

Disinfecting bleach kills pathogens

Hypochlorite bleach kills the pathogens - disease-causing bacteria, viruses, and fungi - most commonly found at home, including E. Coli, Salmonella and the Influenza A virus. See the bleach bottle label and make sure to use an EPA-registered disinfectant approved to kill these organisms. A strong oxidizer, bleach damages nucleic acids (DNA/RNA), lipids and fatty acids associated with the cell membrane and destroys the cellular activity of structural and functional proteins. Bacteria and viruses generally do not become resistant to the powerful oxidizing action of bleach when used at recommended dilutions.