Clorox Professional

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Clorox Professional

Clorox has been long synonymous with clean. For well over a century, Clorox is committed to "making everyday life better, every day." From bleach to trash bags, you may be surprised how many products you already own that are a part of the Clorox company. Clorox started out in 1913 as the Electro-Alkaline Company with only one product: liquid bleach. They marketed the bleach towards homemakers as a "bleacher, germicide, cleanser and disinfectant." With a company name change, many innovations, and quite a few acquisitions and mergers, Clorox over the course of 100 years has transitioned into a trusted global company manufacturing products in more than 24 countries and markets those products in over 100 countries.

All of that success requires great responsibility. Clorox has taken environmental responsibility very seriously. The company had always used recycled glass bottles while glass bottles were used. In 1991, Clorox started using post-consumer recycled plastic for its products. Presently, over 85% of the packages that contain Clorox products are recyclable. In fact, 90% of product cartons in the U.S. are made from 100% recycled content; while most of Clorox's retail display materials are made from 100% post-consumer waste. They took environmental responsibility a step further by developing Green Works in 2008. Green Works was "the first national brand of naturally derived cleaning products in the mainstream cleaning aisle."

What is Clorox?

Clorox-brand household bleach is a solution of five chemicals dissolved in water that perform bleaching, cleaning and disinfecting functions. Clorox liquid bleach was introduced to commercial customers in 1913 in Oakland, California. The Clorox Company's first customers were laundries, breweries, food processors and municipal water systems looking for a cheap, safe and effective bleach and disinfectant. A household strength version of Clorox was introduced in 1916 in a 15-ounce amber-colored glass bottle, explains The active ingredient in Clorox household bleach is sodium hypochlorite, which performs the bleaching, stain removal and disinfecting functions. Other chemical ingredients in Clorox include sodium chloride (salt), which thickens and stabilizes the solution. Sodium carbonate (washing soda) is an alkaline cleaning agent that breaks down alcohol and grease stains. Sodium hydroxide (lye) is another alkaline cleaning agent that breaks down fatty, oily or acidic stains. Sodium polyacrylate is a dispersant that prevents loosened soils from depositing back on fabrics during the laundry cycle. 

How is Clorox bleach made?

According to, the Clorox Company makes its own sodium hypochlorite. It starts by buying commercial chlorine, which is prepared by passing an electric current through seawater to produce pure chlorine and sodium hydroxide. Clorox takes the chlorine it bought and bubbles the gas through a solution of water and sodium hydroxide. All the chlorine is converted to sodium hypochlorite. Clorox-brand household bleach is a 6 percent solution of sodium hypochlorite in water plus the other added cleaning agents, stabilizer and dispersant.

How does bleach work to kill bacteria?

The Telegraph in the U.K. reported that “the effect of hypochlorous acid, the active ingredient contained in bleach, is the same as heat on the proteins of bacteria. When both heat and bleach are applied the proteins ‘unfold’ and start to clump together.” "At high temperatures, proteins begin to lose their three-dimensional molecular structure and start to clump together to form large, insoluble aggregates, just like when you boil an egg," said Dr. Jeannette Winter, from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, who carried out the research. Many of the proteins are essential for bacterial growth. Developed many years ago, bleach is found in households around the world. Yet until now, scientists were at a loss to explain how it actually worked. lists the types of bacteria, virus, fungi and spores that are killed by Clorox Germicidal Bleach and their elimination time frame in minutes:

Acinetobacter baumannii 5 min
Enterococcus faecalis (vancomycin-resistant) (VRE) 5 min
Escherichia coli ESBL 5 min
Escherichia coli O157:H7 5 min
Legionella pneumophila 5 min
Pseudomonas aeruginosa 10 min
Salmonella enterica 5 min
Shigella dysentriae 5 min
Staphylococcus aureus 5 min
Staphylococcus aureus 5 min
(community-associated methicillin-resistant) (CA-MRSA) (USA 400)
Staphylococcus aureus (methicillin-resistant) (MRSA) 5 min
Streptococcus pneumoniae 5 min
Streptococcus pyogenes 5 min

Adenovirus Type 2 5 min
Cytomegalovirus 5 min
Hepatitis A virus (HAV) 5 min
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) 5 min
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) 5 min
Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) 5 min
Human coronavirus 5 min
Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) 5 min
Influenza A virus 5 min
Influenza A virus (H1N1) 5 min
Influenza B virus 5 min
Norovirus 5 min
Parainfluenza 5 min
Poliovirus 5 min
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) 5 min
Rhinovirus 5 min
Rotavirus 5 min
Rubella virus 5 min
Varicella-zoster virus 5 min

Aspergillus brasiliensis (niger) 5 min
Avian influenza A virus 5 min
Bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) (surrogate for HCV) 5 min
Candida albicans 5 min
Canine parvovirus 10 min
Duck hepatitis B virus (human hepatitis B surrogate) 5 min
Feline calcivirus (surrogate for norovirus) 5 min
Feline panleukopenia virus 10 min
Trichophyton mentagrophytes (athlete’s foot fungus) 5 min

Clostridium difficile 5 min

For those of you in healthcare, we offer products like germicidal cleaner to help kill germs, bacteria, virus, fungi and spores. For homeowners and cleaning professionals, our cleaning wipes, liquid disinfectant Clorox cleaners, and bleach help wipe out the dirtiest of messes on surfaces as well as fabrics. In bathrooms our toilet bowl cleaners, mildew removers, clog remover for drains, and varieties of soap make cleaning up a breeze. Scouring pads, degreaser, cling wrap, water filters, and food storage containers help keep your kitchen clean and tidy. Stock up on our vast selection of trash bags for every part of your home or business. During cold and flu season for schools, churches and just about anywhere, it is absolutely imperative to have enough hand sanitizer on hand. Shop for all of your Clorox wholesale cleaning products and get so much more for so much less.
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