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Bleach or Blech?

In my previous blog, we explored how using Ammonia based cleaners can be hazardous to our health. Seeing a little further away into the future, cancer isn’t something on any of our bucket lists.

On the same note, we are here together to explore the second chemical on the list: Sodium Hypochlorite.

Sodium Hypochlorite is basically a mixture of Sodium hydroxide and Chlorine, which when dissolved in water is commonly known as Bleach or Liquid Bleach. It is mostly used as a disinfectant or a bleaching agent.

When Sodium Hypochlorite is mixed with household cleaners, the result, most often than not can be hazardous. In many cases, its known to cause lung injury and chronic exposure can lead to development of atopic asthma.

 

The following health effects mostly occur immediately or shortly after exposure to Sodium Hypochlorite:

  1. Contact with this chemical causes severe irritation and burning sensations on the skin, leaving behind rashes and blisters.
  2. Inhaling this chemical leads to irritation of nose and throat.
  3. Also, inhaling this chemical causes lung irritation leading to coughing or shortness of breath. Higher level of exposure can cause a fluid to build up in the lungs called Pulmonary Edema.
  4. Any form of contact of Sodium Hypochlorite with eyes can cause severe burning and also possible eye damage.
  5. Dizziness, headache, nausea and vomiting are also some of the effects of exposure to Sodium Hypochlorite.

As I write this all down, the imagery in my mind is not a pretty one. I hope years of exposure to this chemical hasn’t left us all crippled for life.

While we can’t undo the damage these cleaners have already caused, we can surely change what our future looks like.

Make the right choice today, for you and the bigger world!  

 

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