Thread Number: 63770  /  Tag: Detergents and Additives
What is the shelf life of chlorine bleach?
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Post# 863411   1/22/2016 at 00:10 (579 days old) by scoots (Chattanooga TN)        

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I just discovered two bottles of Clorox I forgot about. I opened both and there was virtually no smell. I'm gonna take a wild guess and say it's no longer bleach.

How long can it sit on the shelf before it goes?

Post# 863417 , Reply# 1   1/22/2016 at 00:54 (579 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
About one year or so depending upon storage conditons

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Then yes, chlorine bleach breaks down....

Post# 863537 , Reply# 2   1/22/2016 at 16:28 (578 days old) by scoots (Chattanooga TN)        

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Many thanks Madame Launderess for that prompt answer, complete with disposal tips.

Post# 863583 , Reply# 3   1/22/2016 at 21:36 (578 days old) by murando531 (Huntsville, AL)        

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Is the breakdown into salt and water the cause of corrosion of washer components, like the spiders?

Post# 863585 , Reply# 4   1/22/2016 at 22:11 (578 days old) by sudsmaster (East of SF, West of Eden)        

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I doubt that salt and water causes corrosion of washer parts, not half as much as chlorine gas (which is released by chlorine bleach) corrodes all sorts of things, including stainless steel.


And salt is a common additive to washer powder detergents. Why, I don't know, it just is listed as an ingredient for some.


I avoid using chlorine bleach in the laundry. It's a last resort. For near sterilization, I'd rely on a 200F or higher front loader, like an Asko or Miele. Or for really sterile, a pressure cooker.


Post# 863598 , Reply# 5   1/22/2016 at 23:26 (578 days old) by Murando531 (Huntsville, AL)        

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That makes sense. I am extremely hesitant about bleach in the Bravos XL, because the main downfall I've heard about the Oasis design is the shaft becoming corroded and preventing the basket from floating. Even OxiClean worries me in that aspect because it's quite a potent solution. If I ever have anything that just NEEDS bleach or oxi, I'll just soak it in the sink or a large bucket for a bit and that always does the trick, and with no potential wear on my machine in the process.

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