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Wednesday's Ask the Experts: Negatives of bleach

July 11, 2012

Wednesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: What are all of the negative aspects of using bleach while cleaning?

The answer:

There are several types of bleach, but the use of chlorine bleach is likely what you are inquiring about. Here is a quote from the Housekeeping Channel at: “Use bleach only in well-ventilated areas. Take a break in the fresh air at the first sign of any irritation from chloride vapors; wear eye protection and a face mask if necessary. Those fumes hint strongly that chlorine bleach is a reactive agent. Bleach reacts badly with many other strong chemicals. Combining liquid bleach with ammonia, drain cleaners, automatic dishwasher detergent or other strong acids or ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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