|Re: Chlorine bleach rinse||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Howard Landman (howardpolyamory.org)|
|Date: Mon, 22 May 2000 15:36:49 -0600 (MDT)|
>> "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. This is true. C-Cl bonds do not biodegrade under most circumstances, and many C-Cl compounds (like DDT & Agent Orange & PCBs) are fairly nasty to have hanging around. > Clorox claims that there is a difference between chlorine and chlorine > bleach, and that chlorine bleach, while made with chlorine, contains > no free chlorine itself. It is actually sodium hypochlorite. This is also true. Well, almost - it's possible for NaOCl to react with something else to *produce* free chlorine. So there's probably a small amount of free chlorine in bleach. > Made > from salt (sodium chloride) it mostly returns to salt. That which > doesn't return to salt biodegrades in sewage treatment or septic > system. "Mostly" I'll believe, it's the remaining fraction that's worrisome. I also don't think bleach can be said to "biodegrade". It may degrade, but it seems more likely to be by purely chemical means. > If you are willing to believe Clorox, there is no environmental danger > to using chlorine in the kitchen. Well, at a bare minimum there's the danger of getting bleach in your food. :-) Howard Landman
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