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Bleach cleaners are among the most effective means of deep cleaning fabrics and surfaces. Bleach works by breaking or disrupting the bonds that produce colors, so it's effective at whitening dark substances on clothing. It's also a powerful disinfectant, killing off common disease-causing germs such as E. coli and salmonella.

Clean Fabrics With Bleach
This powerful stain remover works well on fabrics that have become stained or yellowed from daily use. Penetrating to the level of individual fibers in cloth, it disrupts the compounds that make up stains to whiten uniforms, lab coats, and medical scrubs. It is especially useful in cleaning and sterilizing white bed sheets in hospitals and doctors' offices, helping to prevent infection and providing crisp, clean whites.

Disinfect Hard Surfaces With Bleach Solution
Germs often spread through physical contact, and hands are prime vectors. Rubbing or spraying a disinfectant over surfaces as part of the normal office cleaning routine cuts down on the number of germs lurking on door handles, computer keyboards, and office furniture. This fights the spread of germs and potentially reduces time lost to illness.

Color-Safe Bleach for Special Cases
Strongly dyed or "fixed color" clothes are generally safe to wash with chlorine-based cleansers. Their dyes won't run, so all oxidizing cleansers are "color-safe" to an extent. For weaker dyes, however, peroxide-based bleach may be preferable. Peroxide is a less vigorous oxidizer than chlorine and is less likely to wear out or whiten colored fabrics. This is especially useful for multi-colored uniforms and dyed clothing that has been contaminated in a lab or other infectious environment. The items can go through the wash as normal, and the color-safe peroxide still kills off most of the germs.

To determine whether an item is safe to wash in a chlorine solution, apply a few drops of it to an inside corner of the garment and rinse it with hot water for five minutes. If the color looks normal after it has dried, the fabric is most likely safe to wash with the cleanser.

What Is in Bleach?
Modern mixtures use either chlorine (as hypochlorite) or peroxide as their main ingredient. Other chemicals, such as color guards and perfumes, improve some quality of the product, such as its usefulness on colored laundry and in places where a strong chlorine aroma causes problems.

How Is Bleach Made?
Manufacturers make chlorine-based cleansers with a process called electrolysis. Sea salt is made from sodium and chlorine, which can be induced to separate if enough electricity passes through them. By dropping salt into water and running a current through the solution, both chlorine and caustic soda split from the salt. Workers then convert the chlorine into hypochlorite and mix it into the finished product.

How Does Bleach Work?
Bleaching compounds work by oxidizing stains and microbes. By introducing oxygen to the chemicals that cause stains, and to the delicate bodies of the germs that cause disease, both peroxide- and chlorine-based solutions break down other compounds until they're easy to separate from surfaces. Staples also carries a wide selection of other laundry care products, including fabric softeners, laundry detergents, and more. 
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Clorox® Concentrated Bleach, Clean Linen®, 64 oz.
Item : 951359
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  • Clean Linen® scent, 64 ounces of concentrated Bleach
  • Great for cleaning and disinfecting offices, day care centers, schools and restaurants
  • A registered disinfectant that kills up to 99.9% of illness causing germs
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Clorox® Concentrated Germicidal Bleach, 121 oz.
Item : 951361
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  • 121 oz. bottles; equivalent to 182 ounces of unconcentrated bleach
  • EPA registered to kill more organisms than original Ultra Clorox® Germicidal Bleach as well as private label bleach
  • Dosage requirements for disinfection are cut in half
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Clorox® Green Works® Non-Chlorine Bleach, Unscented, 60 oz
Item : CLO30647
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  • Unscented, 60 oz. bottle
  • Fights stains
  • Whitens whites naturally
45.49 $45.49
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Northern Labs, Natrics Clean Shot Bleach Tablets, 32 Count (JNSN83766)
Item : 24175870
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  • Simply drop the tablet in the washer & it will dissolve while washing.
  • Single dose convenience.
  • Lightweight for easy handling & storage
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Clorox® Regular Bleach, 3 pack, 182 ounces each
Item : 357024
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  • Three 182 ounce containers
  • EPA Registered. Effective against E. coli, HIV-1 (AIDS virus), salmonella, staph, TB, Hepatitis-A
  • Complies with OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
19.29 $19.29
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