Disinfectants and bleach

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Disinfectants and bleach

Chemistry makes it possible to sanitize your home, to breakdown mold and mildew, and to remove stains. In the early 1900s, chemists focused on controlling bacteria and cleaning clothes and home surfaces effectively. In 1913, researchers developed a formula for bleach that was affordable and easy to use.

Frequent hand washing promotes the prevention of illnesses and diseasesFrequent hand washing promotes the prevention of illnesses and diseases

Sodium hypochlorite molecule


Mixed with certain chemicals, bleach containing hydrochloric acid (e.g. limescale removing substances) produce toxid chlorine gasesMixed with certain chemicals, bleach containing hydrochloric acid (e.g. limescale removing substances) produce toxid chlorine gases

Today, bleach is a household commodity and an effective disinfectant to eliminate billions of germs and bacteria. Chlorine is also a powerful weapon against diseases caused by viruses and bacteria in homes, hospitals, and other buildings.

Did you know?

The "saviour of mothers", Hungarian gynecologist Ignatius Semmelweis was the first to introduce hand washing in chlorine water at his department in 1847.