Top Bleach Myths BUSTED!
Myth 1: They Wouldn’t Sell Bleach If It Weren’t SafeFALSE! Cleaning product industry regulation does not require pre-market safety testing and requires no evaluation of long term health impact. Case in point: Sodium Hypochlorite (Bleach) is a serious chemical that can be caustic to the soft tissues in our bodies, particularly our airways. Bleach can be a serious respiratory irritant that can lead to lung damage and the onset of asthma in people who have never had it before. In fact, a recent study showed that chronic exposure to chemicals like bleach can be as harmful to our lungs as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day! Bleach can be so caustic to our delicate respiratory systems that it can trigger asthma and allergy symptoms and lead to complications for those that suffer from these conditions. These effects last well beyond the exposure to bleach, with some asthma sufferers continuing to show reduced lung function the day after exposure. Due to its danger to respiratory systems, the CDC recommends avoiding bleach if the product is to be used around anyone with asthma or allergies (which is about 30% of US adults and 40% of US children!). Here’s the deal: Disinfectants are regulated by the EPA for germ-kill efficacy, and to confirm that the product label contains the correct usage instructions. The EPA is not assessing the long term health impacts of the products it registers.
Myth 2: Bleach is Safe to Use Without Protective GearFALSE! Bleach is a strong and potentially highly caustic solution. If you take a look at the manufacturer’s instructions, you will likely be shocked at how much there is to learn about how to handle this chemical – and, likely, that you haven’t been taking the full precautions. Check out this 9-page PDF for a common bleach product and all the safety precautions required for using it. You’ll see it’s classified as hazardous by OSHA for serious eye damage and irritation and skin corrosion. It also outlines the precautions needed when handling bleach, such as:
- Wearing gloves, eye protection, and face protection
- Washing hands thoroughly after use
- How to rinse eyes and skin after use
- What to do in the case of ingestion
- Description of the most important symptom and effect of bleach: burning
Myth 3: Bleach Lasts ForeverFALSE! It might shock you to learn that bleach has a fairly short shelf-life: bleach begins to lose its efficacy after only six months! With products manufactured and transported all over the world, then sitting in retail distribution systems, that means you may already be well into the product’s life span by the time you start using it. This timeline is accelerated if you decant it into other bottles to use as part of a mixed solution. Even if you keep it in its original bottle, bleach will lose an additional 20% efficacy each year. Force of Nature can be made on-demand right in your home – no storing or hoarding or worrying about disinfectant shortages!
Myth 4: Only Bleach can give me that clean smellFALSE! What is it with us and smells? It seems like it’s a universal human truth that we can’t trust something is clean unless it smells like Fresh Laundry & Rain™! Well, not only are fragrances one of the top most toxic class of chemicals, even if the smell you’re smelling is “just” bleach, it’s a really bad sign that you’re breathing in some potentially caustic and dangerous fumes. Force of Nature has a light swimming pool scent that smells, well, clean! It has no added fragrances whatsoever.
Myth 5: Only Bleach Can Effectively Disinfect Bathrooms:FALSE! Not only can you use Force of Nature as a replacement for bleach to effectively clean, deodorize, sanitize, and disinfect your bathrooms, you should not use bleach! Bleach needs to be rinsed off of surfaces after using it and before your family comes into contact with surfaces. It can also etch and corrode natural stone and metal surfaces. You should never pour excess bleach down the toilet or tub as it is harmful to aquatic life. Force of Nature does not need to be rinsed and can go into drains without worrying about harming the environment. Once it goes down the drain, it reverts back to salt, water and vinegar. While Force of Nature is as effective as bleach, and our active ingredient hypochlorous acid is a type of chlorine, it is not the same as bleach; it has a different chemical composition. The formula for bleach (sodium hypochlorite) is NaOCl and the formula for hypochlorous acid is HOCl. Bleach is defined as 1) having a pH of 11+ 2) being at a concentration high enough to remove the color from fabric and 3) 99%+ NaOCl; none of these apply to hypochlorous acid.
A Family-Friendly Bleach AlternativeForce of Nature is a hospital-grade, EPA-registered disinfectant that kills 99.9% of germs including Staph, MRSA, Norovirus, Influenza A, Salmonella, and Listeria when used as directed. It’s EPA-registered for use in hospitals, daycares, schools, and more. We’re proud to be on the EPA’s List N, the disinfectants approved for use against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19. It’s free from skin and respiratory irritants and is so gentle it can even be used to disinfect baby toys and pacifiers without rinsing!
Cleaning & Disinfecting Your Bathroom With Force of Nature: Our Quick Tips!Force of Nature can be used to clean, deodorize, sanitize, and disinfect all your bathroom surfaces including:
- Paper towels and soap dispensers
- High touch areas like handles, latches and door handles
- Tile, grout, and ceramic surfaces