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Does color safe bleach kill germs too?

November 15th, 2007 at 05:00 pm

I put bleach in with white stuff, and towels (cause they are so far faded it can't get worse) but what about colored sheets? JC is a princess with pink pink and a bit more pink..oh and some purple Smile

Also do you think a dishwasher (which is currently working) gets dishes 'sanitized' enough or should add bleach to that as well?

Update on JC. more puke overnight, but bouncy today, and nothing gross yet.

9 Responses to “Does color safe bleach kill germs too?”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Princess, Perky, I don't know if the color safe bleach in particular is germicidal, but the truth is that both ordinary handsoaps and detergents are germicidal. Washing hands does not just flush way germs, the soap actually kills germs. I think it is partly the high pH of soaps and detergents that kill germs. And partly it would be the soap or detergent de-fatting the cell membranes that would kill them. Of course, that would not be all germs. Viruses, well, of course they too can be disrupted and made inert, but "killed" might be the wrong word, as whether they are actually "living" is arguable.

    Offhand, I expect the dishwasher detergent would be pretty effective at killing germs, too. Not only does the detergent have its high pH and defatting properties, but dishwasher detergents almost always have phosphates which are very reactive. They react with the molecules both living and non-living, which can mean destruction of germs.

    Also dishwashers often use very hot water. The moist heat sanitizes well. I think the standard is that it only takes exposure to moist heat of 140F for 15 seconds to accomplish Pasteurization! That surely is achieved in any dishwasher. Pasteurization kills the vast majority of bacteria.

    Then simply letting your dishes dry kills bacteria. In order to stay alive, the germs that cause illness generally need conditions similar to those in the body. A clean, cold dry plate is nothing like -say- the gastrointestinal tract, the lungs, or the throat.

    I think washing dishes in any way at all (including cold water with no soap or detergent!) hugely decreases the germ load. I doubt if dishes are at all likely to transfer illness. Now, sharing a spoon at the same meal with a sick person might do it, but who would do that?

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    A second thought--yes, I'm thinking color safe bleaches would sanitize somewhat, too. They work through oxidation, I think. That means they are also reactive, sort of burning the -bleep- out of any available ions --which living cells are full of.

  3. princessperky Says:

    Thanks, that is a lot of helpful information.

  4. luxliving Says:

    from it says:

    "Q. Can Clorox 2® for Colors Free & Clear Color Safe Bleach be used to disinfect clothing?

    A. No. Clorox 2® for Colors Free & Clear Color Safe Bleach is not registered as a disinfectant with the E.P.A. Of course, Clorox® Regular-Bleach can be used as a disinfectant if the fabric is safe for sodium hypochlorite bleach."

  5. princessperky Says:

    Thank you!... then I will just trust in super hot water and not buy the color safe stuff.

  6. Khadija Says:

    One of my toddler cousins had a real bad diarrhea after traveling abroad and pooped all over me. It can be cholera as far as I am concerned or some dangerous and contagious bug. I do not want to wear my those pants (my favorite) again without disinfecting it VERY thoroughly. How can I do it. It has 10% wool and it is navy blue with stripes. I must wash it. Any conclusive remarks on using COLOR SAFE bleach on it?
    Do these -clorox-companies have a phone number to call or web contact?

  7. Max Says:

    The active ingredient in liquid color safe bleach is hydrogen peroxide. I would imagine that since it is used to kill germs on cuts it would kill germs on your laundry.


    Drug store hydrogen peroxide can be used instead of more expensive "color safe bleach." Don't ask me how much to use though, that tidbit you will have to find out on your own.

    H2O2 is also AMAZING around the house for cleaning anything "organic." Mold, mildew etc. And here is the real kicker: its as safe as water around your family and pets, no fumes, 100% envirnmentally friendly.

  8. cher Says:

    vinigar is a germ killer

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