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Chlorine Bleach Exposed

It’s likely you grew up with a container of bleach in your home. Most people are conditioned to think that whiter whites mean clean and that bleach is essential for laundry, cleaning, and disinfecting bathrooms and other surfaces. Have you recently checked the labels of your cleaning products? You may be surprised how many of those contain chlorine bleach.

Does Chlorine Bleach have harmful effects on one’s body?


Most people understand that bleach is highly toxic if swallowed; however, they may not be fully aware of the extent of its toxicity. Bleach refers to a large class of compounds used to whiten or color-lighten materials. Frequently used for cleaning and disinfection, bleaches kill most types of viruses, bacteria, moulds, mildews, and algae. It is chlorine-based such as calcium hypochlorite (bleaching powder) and non-chlorine (peroxidase-based). 


Chlorine bleach is highly hazardous for health, though it can be found in many cleaning supplies, including toilet cleaners, stain removers, and tile residue removers. Many use these products in their homes and business facilities without realizing the potentially harmful effects they have. When used as a cleaning agent, bleach remains on surfaces and continues to emit fumes. Recent studies revealed that children exposed to bleach in their homes or play areas are more likely to suffer from respiratory illness. Additionally, various studies have linked the use of bleach to a higher prevalence of asthma and allergies. By avoiding the use of this chemical, you can help keep yourself and others healthy.

Can Chlorine Bleach put the environment at risk too?


Bleach is also used to clean equipment and treat water supplies. Often, manufacturers release bleach-containing waste into bodies of water. Once in the water, it causes pollution as bleach reacts with other chemicals to form toxic compounds, like dioxins. Dioxins are known to be highly dangerous toxins that can severely impact health to both humans and animals. It is damaging to the environment because it lingers for many years and puts wildlife at risk; its byproducts have been linked to cancer in studies on laboratory animals. Environmental toxins created by bleach have lowered the populations of several species of birds and fish.


Are there alternatives to Chlorine Bleach that can be just as effective?


ABSOLUTELY! At Embed, we offer “green,” 100% natural and non-toxic cleaning products. The Embed Hygiene Defence range, which consists of Floor and Surface Cleaner, and the Airborne Defence System (which purifies the air), are more effective and longer-lasting than industrial cleaners without the toxic health risks. It kills 99.9% wide spectrum of pathogens, including COVID-19 on contact, bacteria, fungi, and mould. 


Protect yourself, your family, your employees, and the environment from exposure to harmful chemicals. Experience the Embed Hygiene Defence difference in your home and business today!

Hannah Gabor
Hannah Gabor
Marketing Manager, EMEA. Hannah brings tremendous experience and expertise in EMEA regional marketing and best practice experience from Marks & Spencer, Al Homaizi Group, and Al-Futtaim Group.

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