You CAN use splash-less bleach to disinfect

Yet again, there’s more HOGWASH floating around the Internet, this time about how “the splash less formula even says on the container that it does not disinfect.” Other comments include… Well, see for yourself. I’ve taken the liberty of sanitizing the screenshot of their names to protect the ignorant.

To any chemist, this is obviously WRONG. No, I’m not a chemist. But I am a scientist, and since I took chemistry in high school and college, I know enough to say, “Something’s not right with that claim…”

And, I did some digging.

First, the ACTUAL verbiage found on the back of the bottle, taken just a few minutes ago by myself:

It says, “Not for sanitization or disinfection. To sanitize and disinfect, use Clorox Disinfecting Bleach.”

Hmm… Of COURSE it’ll sanitize and disinfects. It contains sodium hypochlorite aka “bleach,” the most widely used household chemical (since the 18th century aka it was available in 1776!) for disinfecting and bleaching.

The question is WHY would Clorox include the warning on their splashless formula?

I can think of two reason: A) They’ll sell more bleach, and B) There’s something else in there.

Aha! So, let’s take a look at the ingredients:

INGREDIENTS (Descriptions Courtesy of PubChem)

water – H2O

Well, that’s not the problem!

sodium hypochlorite – bleach

And it’s the real deal, fully capable of disinfecting pretty much whatever you want

cetyl betaine – surfactant (breaks water tension to allow the bleach to get at things); ersonal care products, including cosmetics, shampoos, perfumes, soaps, lotions, toothpastes, etc; used in soaps, includes personal care products for cleansing the hands or body, and soaps/detergents for cleaning products, homes, etc

Doesn’t sound very harmful to me.

sodium xylene sulfonate – another surfactant used in cosmetics and approved for limited use in food

So, no, that’s not it…

sodium hydroxide – lye aka caustic soda: “a highly caustic base and alkali that decomposes proteins at ordinary ambient temperatures and may cause severe chemical burns.”

DING-DING-DING-DING-DING!

THIS is why the label says, “Not for sanitization or disinfection.” Such products require hard surfaces with them be wiped with the product and left to dry. Regular bleach deposits water and sodium hypochlorite. When the water dries, excess chlorine is released and all you have left is sodium choride (salt).

When you let a product containing sodium hydroxide aka lye aka caustic soda dry on a food preparation surface, you wind up getting lye on the food, and even small amounts can rot your guts, literally.

sodium carbonate – washing soda, soda ash, has a wide number of applications, including as a food additive as well as in cooking

Nope! Not a culprit. That leaves us with the sodium hydroxide aka LYE in splashless bleach which cannot be left to dry on food preparation surfaces hence the “Not for sanitization or disinfection” warning.

It’s not because it can’t sanitize or disinfect the surface. Of course it can. It’s because it leaves behind LYE, which will literally decompose your skin and cause serious gastrointestinal problems if it gets in your food.

Work-around: After letting it dry on the surface, re-wipe the surface a few of times with a clean, wet sponge. That’ll clean up the lye, making the surface suitable for food production, except for any germs which may have been deposited by the sponge, of course. Alternatively, Clorox Disinfecting Bleach will dry food-ready.

And NOW, people, we know the TRUTH!!! It’s the TRUTH that sets us FREE.

Someone is bound to claim I’m not posting pictures from Clorox Splashless Bleach. Why, yes. Yes, I am.

COMEDY SECTION

I just had to respond to the quotes in the original graphic:

Had no idea.

Still don’t.

How could bleach be splashless? think about it.

I’ve thought about it and I think it’s because of the additional highly ionic chemicals in it which make it flow like oil. That’s how.

Who new?

Who old?

Look at the amount closely… You have to really read what your buying and it’s NOT just Clorox!!!

You’re absolutely right. Just about everything these days requires both intelligence as well as education.

Guess I was right.

Nope. Not even close.