12th November 2019


How long is bleach effective when mixed with water?

Thank you for asking about the shelf life of Ultra regular CLOROX liquid bleach. When bleach and water are mixed together to create a cleaning or disinfecting solution, the solution is only good for 24 hours. The temperature of the water does not affect the cleaning or disinfecting abilities of the solution.

In this way, what temperature does bleach break down?

The bleach active in Clorox® Regular-Bleach is sodium hypochlorite, and it does not “deactivate” in water above 77°F. However, a higher water temperature does increase the rate that the bleach degrades into salt and water. This break down is natural, and is part of what makes bleach so environmentally friendly.

What is bleach and how does it work?

Whitening. Colors of natural organic materials typically arise from organic pigments, such as beta carotene. Chemical bleaches work in one of two ways: An oxidizing bleach works by breaking the chemical bonds that make up the chromophore.

Is bleach harmful to the environment?

Bleach does not contaminate ground water because it does not survive sewage treatment - either in municipal sewage treatment plants or in septic systems. Thus, there are no harmful effects of bleach in the environment. When used for cleaning and disinfecting, bleach cannot form dioxins.
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