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The Myths of Bleach
Did you know chlorine bleach does not kill mold, it merely bleaches it!
Other tips and facts …
Some cleaning products contain ingredients banned in 8 countries!
One of the main active ingredients in many household cleaning products is a surfactant. A surfactant makes water wetter. Wetter water spreads across and wets surfaces better, to make cleaning easier.
For decades, common surfactants have been derived from petroleum, a non-renewable resource. One of these is nonylphenol ethoxylate (NPE), and then there is the whole class of alkylphenol ethoxylate surfactants (APEs). Use of these chemicals is severely restricted in virtually all western nations except America. An enlightening analysis of their potentially adverse affects on the environment and the human body can be ordered from the Washington Toxics Coalition (watoxics.org).
So why do many cleaning product manufacturers in America still insist on using NPE and APEs even though they don’t use them in other western countries? Because they’re cheap!
There are alternatives. Cleaning products that use bio-based
surfactants. Bio-based surfactants are made primarily from renewable
resources such as coconuts, corn and oranges and have a much better
health, safety and environmental profile. We recommend
We recommendImperia Cleaner
Disadvantages of Using Chlorine Bleach as a Disinfectant
More and more institutions are not using chlorine bleach products
D'Sapone Cleaners versus Chlorine Bleach
Chlorine is widely used as a bleaching agent in the manufacturing process of paper and cloth. When released into the air, it reacts with water to make hydrochloric acid. The most common place you will come into contact with it is at public swimming pools. You can also find it in everyday household bleach.
Household bleach is alkaline and has a pH around 12. This means when multiple cleaners are used for cleaning, it is possible for a chlorinated liquid residue to become acidic and thus corrosive. This can happen, for example, when a vessel is cleaned with a chlorinated cleaner followed by an acid-based cleaner or sanitizer. Accidentally mixing chlorine bleach with acid- or ammonia-based cleaners (so commonly found in households and institutions) can release very harmful gases.
Chlorine at room temperature is a gas. Chlorine gas can effect your health, depending on how much of it you have been exposed to and for how long. It is corrosive and irritating to the eyes, skin and respiratory tract. Exposure to low amounts may cause a sore throat, eye and skin irritation and coughing. Exposure to higher amounts of the gas can cause narrowing of the bronchi, burning of the eyes and skin and a blue coloring of the skin. It can also cause a build up of fluid in the lungs and pain in the chest.
D'Sapone's Imperia Cleaner in low concentrations works well as a disinfectant and antiseptic without the smell and potentially harmful effects of chlorine bleach.
We carry Imperia Grout Cleaner! (click on the picture below)
Atlanta Grout and Tile Care Inc.
6567 Commerce Parkway Woodstock, Ga. 30189