Re: Chlorine bleach rinse
From: RowenaHC (
Date: Wed, 17 May 2000 15:14:55 -0600 (MDT)
I'm a little disturbed to see the wholesale recommendation of chlorine use.   
While it probably is the least destructive paractical disinfectant its use is 
not harmless.  A book by Joe Thornton of Columbia University's Center for 
Environmental Reserach, "Pandora's Poison: Chlorine, health and a New 
Environmental Strategy" March 2000, MIT Press, argues that chlorine and 
organochlorine chemicals made from it pose global health and environmental 
threat.  Evidence exists linking low-level exposure to an increased risk of 
cancer, infertility, impaired child development and disrupted immune systems. 
 It's not proven but there is enough evidence to indicate concern.   
Organiochlorides accumulate in the human body and are transmitted thorugh 
breast milk.   Admittedly, most of the chlorine used is in industrial 
processes, not disinfection of water and sewage, but still....

Hot water, soap, and air drying are the best way to avoid infection.   It is 
FAR more important to ban all sponges and other harborers of germs, and to 
make sure that individuals wash their hands (taking 10 seconds to soap up 
before rinsing) before touching any food items, than  to mess around with 
chlorine dips, which don't work unless you leave stuff to soak for about 10 
seconds in any case!

where people don't believe this and continue to swish dishes uselessly 
through dilute bleach!

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