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Q: Does chlorine occur naturally? Typically chlorine does not normally occur in the environment except as a yellow gas on rare occasions. It's a manufactured substance produced through an industrial process. An electrical current is passed through salt water producing chlorine and caustic soda. Q: Is chlorine very toxic? This is where this topic gets very interesting. Many people argue that chlorine is basically safe-that it breaks down into harmless salt and water. Well, that's true-in a laboratory test tube under very controlled conditions. The real issue is not just how toxic chlorine itself is but how the unintended byproducts of chlorine (organochlorines and dioxins) remain in the environment. They are persistent in the environment; they do not break down readily and therefore bio-accumulate. Q: Is there a chlorine pollution problem? One of the largest uses of chlorine is in the paper industry. Chlorine is first used to break down the lignan that holds the wood fibers together. Then chlorine is used to bleach the paper to make it white. The effluent or wastewater containing dioxins and other organochlorines are then dumped into streams and waterways. These ingredients are highly toxic and carcinogenic. Once in the waste stream, they come into contact with other organic materials and surfactants and combine to forn a host of extremely toxic organic chemicals. A chain of events occurs: The water becomes polluted; the fish become contaminated; animals eat the fish and people eat the contaminated animals and fish. This can create a very serious health problem; the dioxins and other toxic chemicals, when consumed, accumulate in the fatty tissues. These contaminants are also hormone disrupters because they mimic estrogen. The EPA has observed and documented hormonal imbalance, suppressed immune systems, reproductive infertility and alterations in fetal development of animals. In viewing the big picture, these factors are perhaps the most frightening results from the widespread use of chlorine. Q: How widespread is chlorine contamination? It is so widespread that it would be difficult to find any human being who does not have detectable levels of dioxin in his/her blood. While we know that chlorine is a substantial environmental problem caused by the paper industry, household bleach and cleaners containing chlorine also pose a serious health risk. For instance, in 1997, 217,989 calls to the Poison Control Center concerned household cleaners. Of those calls, 54,453 were about chlorine bleach and 7,570 were for chlorine disinfectants. So, that means that 28.4 percent of all calls were related to poisonings by chlorine products. What's even more important, most of those calls were about children under 6 years old. Q: What can happen if these chemicals get into our bodies? Our bodies are very good at metabolizing many things. Through special enzymes, our bodies are able to rid themselves of many environmental toxic substances that we come into contact with daily. However, dioxins (and other organochlorine compounds) aren't included. Even if we are exposed to very low levels, dioxins remain in the body and accumulate. The EPA is now saying that this is soon to become a major health risk problem. The cumulative effects of dioxin in humans have been linked to birth defects, cancer, reproductive disorders and immune system breakdown. Q: Should chlorine be used in our public water supply? The alternative question would be, should we drink contaminated water? The answer, of course, would be no. It's very important that our water is sanitized. Years ago, there were very few alternatives. However, today, while chlorine is a very effective (and cheap) sanitizer, many scientists are recognizing some serious side effects from chlorine. Today, our technology is getting to the point where, I hope, we will look into a better means of sanitizing our drinking water. This will not be easy because one of the biggest advantages (and ultimately the biggest disadvantage) of using chlorine is the fact that chlorine doesn't break down. Water can be treated with chlorine at the filtration plant and 10 miles away the chlorine is persistent enough to remain in the water and pipes when it reaches the home. There exist many other ingredients that are good sanitizers, but they break down quickly, and the water would become contaminated by the time it reaches someone's home. We may have a problem if we need to sanitize via a chemical additive. It becomes a sort of oxymoron: chemicals that are persistent also tend to be toxic. The ultimate solution may be to have home-based water filtration/sanitizing systems. This would eliminate the problem of trying to prevent hundreds of miles of pipes, installed a hundred years ago, from contaminating the water. Q: Are there safe, effective alternatives to chlorine as a bleaching agent and disinfectant? Absolutely! Primarily, hydrogen peroxide is available to the paper industry and to the soap industry as a bleaching agent. Another new technology uses ozone. Other non-chlorinated household cleaning products, readily available to the consumer, achieve the same bleaching and disinfecting results as chlorine but are nontoxic. I don't understand why anyone would want to use chlorine products anyway. Chlorine is a respiratory irritant and when mixed with other common household products, it gives off a toxic gas. Q: What can we do to make a difference? We could request and purchase processed chlorine-free paper, not just in writing paper but in paper towels, napkins, tissues, and toilet paper. It's a vote for our environment and our health. It may seem to be a small thing, but collectively it really can make a substantial difference. We need to realize that the technology in the chemical industry has changed as dramatically as in the computer industry. We no longer need to use harmful substances simply because they worked for our grandparents. The technology in the chemical industry is allowing us to replace many of these toxic ingredients with others that are not only nontoxic but have renewable resources and many environmental benefits. It's a major educational process for consumers to understand that they, through their buying choices, can make a difference. Did you know that only about 20 percent of shoppers buy their household products in natural food stores? What that says to me is that while consumers recognize the importance of buying supplements and organic foods, they don't recognize the same environmental and health benefits associated with buying chlorine-free paper and other non-toxic cleaners. Chlorine Facts Dioxin, a chemical byproduct of the manufacturing of chlorinebleached paper, is believed to be the single most carcinogenic chemical known to science. When you open the door of your dishwasher after washing, toxic volatized chlorine from dish detergent and tap water is released into the air. Thanks to chlorine pollution, Americans ingest a daily amount of dioxin that is already 300 to 600 times greater than the EPA's so-called "safe" dose. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has found dioxin to be 300,000 times more potent as a carcinogen than DDT. Dioxin has been linked to endometriosis, immune system impairment, diabetes, neurotoxicity, birth defects, decreased fertility, and reproductive dysfunction in both women and men. Studies show that 40-70 percent of the dioxin in bleached coffee filters can leach into your coffee; dioxin found in paper milk cartons also leaches into the milk you drink. Cancer-causing chemicals like chlorine found in many household products such as coffee filters, disposable diapers, paper towels, and bathroom tissue are readily absorbed through the skin.
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Can you use Clorox bleach to chlorinate a pool?

We have used regular bleach for many years onour 28 foot round above-ground pool. We recently bought a housewith a 20 x 40 in ground pool. We are using regular bleach uponopening this year too. The above ground had a a "torpedo" filterwith accordian (sp) filter. This one has the round sand filter. S ( Full Answer )

When to use chlorine bleach and when to use non chlorine bleach?

Answer . When doing laundry, chlorine bleach is used for white clothing only. Non-chlorine bleach is used for other color-safe clothing. Chlorine bleach should always be diluted and never put directly on the clothing; it will weaken the fibers.. Chlorine bleach can also be used in the home to ( Full Answer )

Is chlorine bleach affected by the temperature?

Answer . The hotter the water you use w/ the bleach, the less effective the bleach may be. I'd use it w/ water no hotter the what you would use to bath/shower in.

Does chlorine bleach kill mold?

Bleach can kill mold BUT it's effectiveness does depend on the surface the mold is on. Mold can grow and be visible on both porous and non-porous materials. When dealing with mold on non-porous materials such as shower tiles, tubs, vinyl window trims, counter tops, etc. you can use bleach to kill th ( Full Answer )

How do you sterilize ground with chlorine bleach?

You can sterilize the ground if you have diseased soil, but only for that reason. If you sterilize the soil you kill the bacteria that is needed for most root systems to develop a healthy plant. Bleach will not sterilize soil as it is nuetralized by organic material.

How much chlorine is in bleach?

Liquid household bleach will contain anywhere between 3 and 10percent chlorine. The powdered form of bleach typically contains 40percent.

Is chlorine dangerous?

yes breathing it in will make you feel unwell then shortly after you will die from it.

I am out of chlorine bleach what can i use in its place?

Depending on the amount of bleach needed and the purpose, lemons/lemon juice can be used for cleaning (kills germs, so does soap) and freshening laundry; if you use it regularly on your hair and expose it to sunlight, it will lighten/frost it. Otherwise, bleach stands alone for its intended purposes ( Full Answer )

Why is chlorine dangerous?

Chlorine as an element is a toxic gas (and was used as a weapon in WW I). Some chlorine compounds are tremendously more toxic than chlorine in its elemental form. The best example is dioxin.

How does chlorine bleach work?

Answer#1 Many cleaning agents and industrial reagents contain chlorine. It is ubiquitous in swimming pools, spas as well as municipal water supplies as a sanitizer. Chlorine is a powerful oxidant. It destroys organic (and many inorganic) compounds (ie. stains) with ease. That is why it's in ( Full Answer )

What specific use does chlorine have as bleach?

Answer #1 Many cleaning agents and industrial reagents contain chlorine. It is ubiquitous in swimming pools, spas as well as municipal water supplies as a sanitizer. Chlorine is a powerful oxidant. It destroys organic (and many inorganic) compounds (ie. stains) with ease. That is why it's in ble ( Full Answer )

Is it safe to remove mold with chlorine bleach?

Answer#1 Yes, unless you have a lung disease. Use 1 cup or less of bleach per gallon of water. Have PLENTY of ventilation! For large (more than 100sq/ft) operations call a professional mold remover. Long exposure to bleach may cause health problems such as pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs). ( Full Answer )

Why is bleach dangerous?

mainly because it contains chlorine and other toxic chemicals. That can kill you instantly if you are not careful.

How can you make chlorine from bleach?

Doing so is EXTREMELY unwise. It and UNBELIEVABLY hazardous to your and those around you's safety. Answering this question in detail would be unethical. People attempting this have been seen by me, in my ER and brother, it AIN'T pretty! IN A QUANTITY OF LESS THAN 1cc, CHLORINE INHALATION IS FAT ( Full Answer )

Are fumes from chlorine bleach flammable?

No. Chlorine gas (though deadly) is non-flammable. However, fumes from chlorine bleach are not chlorine gas . Chlorine gas is Cl2 and is deadly but does not exist in nature, it must be manufactured. Evaporating bleach (NaOCl) generally fumes off oxygen and leaves NaCl (salt). None of these elements ( Full Answer )

Can chlorine bleach fumes explode?

Answer#1 No. Chlorine (though deadly) is non-flammable. Pure chlorine can, however react explosively with certain metals. Much the same way metallic sodium reacts with water. BOOM!

Do Bleach and ammonia produces Chlorine gas?

No because ammonia and chlorine gas react together, as well as ammonia and bleach. So in other words, you cannot produce a chlorine gas with something that is meant to react to it.

Is chlorine bleach safe for the environment?

Answer #1 This is a question with a paradoxical answer. Used properly, chlorine bleach degrades into nothing more than salt water, so in that sense yes, it is environmentally safe. Used improperly (mixed with chemicals which for safety's sake shall remain nameless) Chlorine gas can be sudde ( Full Answer )

Will chlorine bleach kill a tree?

Yes!!... But that is a deadly toxic to the environment, it is a man made product, in fact nothing will ever be able to grow in that area for 10 to 25 years.

Can you use chlorine bleach to clean your pool?

Answer#1 You sure can. One gallon of regular household bleach (5.25% concentration) will raise the free Chlorine level in a pool of 20,000 gallons by 1ppm. If you wished to "shock" a 20,000 gallon pool you would need 20 gallons of household bleach. Keep the kids indoors, for safety reasons. Some s ( Full Answer )

Why does chlorine bleach clothes?

Answer #1 Chlorine is a powerful oxidant. It destroys organic (and many inorganic) compounds (ie. stains) with ease. That is why it's in bleach, to destroy unwanted compounds, be they salmonella bacterium or the ink stains on your lab coat. It is extremely deadly in its lime green gaseous for ( Full Answer )

Can you make chlorine from bleach?

Answer #1 Yes. But doing so is EXTREMELY unwise. It is also VERY illegal, and UNBELIEVABLY hazardous to your and those around you's safety. Answering this question in detail would be unethical. People attempting this have been seen by me, in my ER and brother, it AIN'T pretty! IN A QUANTITY OF ( Full Answer )

Can i use chlorine bleach in my pool?

No. Answer My father used to do that; not terribly effective. You will end upwith green water that needs to be replaced--more costly thangetting the proper chemicals to begin with. ======== Actually, you can. Tens of thousands of PoolForum.com andTroubleFreePool.com users have been doing so, man ( Full Answer )

Can you use bleach for chlorine in your pool?

"You can, but it's really a waste of money. Bleach contains about 12-15% chlorine, as does regular liquid chlorine. You're much better off getting Calcium Hypochloride. This is a granular chlorine, safer, lighter, and about 68% chlorine." Answer: The original answer above, or some variant of ( Full Answer )

Can you mix liquid chlorinator with bleach?

Liquid chlorinator (the pool chemical) IS bleach. So... The science guy inside me says. Yes. The physician in me says, do it outside far away from living things and in VERY small quantities to limit any possible unforeseen reaction. BE CAREFUL! Wear gloves and airtight swimming goggles, be ne ( Full Answer )

What effects can chlorine bleach have on the human body?

Answer#1 Chlorine bleach is a dangerous substance and can cause a multitude of injuries. 1 Contact injuries: First and second degree chemical burns to any part of the body, especially the eyes. 2 Inhalation injuries: pulmonary edema, angioedema, pulmonary embolism, emphysema, bronchospasm ( Full Answer )

What contains chlorine bleach?

Answer#1 Many cleaning agents and industrial reagents contain chlorine. It is ubiquitous in swimming pools, spas as well as municipal water supplies as a sanitizer. Chlorine is a powerful oxidant. It destroys organic (and many inorganic) compounds (ie. stains) with ease. That is why it's in blea ( Full Answer )

What does chlorine do in bleach?

Answer#1 Chlorine is a powerful oxidant. It destroys organic (and many inorganic) compounds (ie. stains) with ease. That is why it's in bleach, to destroy unwanted compounds, be they salmonella bacterium or the ink stains on your lab coat. It is extremely deadly in its lime green gaseous form ( Full Answer )

Why is chlorine in bleach?

Answer#1 Chlorine is a powerful oxidant. It destroys organic (and many inorganic) compounds (ie. stains) with ease. That is why it's in bleach, to destroy unwanted compounds, be they salmonella bacterium or the ink stains on your lab coat. It is extremely deadly in its lime green gaseous form ( Full Answer )

How is chlorine bleach used?

Answer#1 Many cleaning agents and industrial reagents contain chlorine. It is ubiquitous in swimming pools, spas as well as municipal water supplies as a sanitizer. Chlorine is a powerful oxidant. It destroys organic (and many inorganic) compounds (ie. stains) with ease. That is why it's in ( Full Answer )

What happens if you mix chlorine bleach and acid?

Chlorine bleach is a base so a base and an acid will give you a salt (or ionic compound) and water. In order to come up with the equation for the reaction, you would need the formula of chlorine bleach and of the acid you are reacting it with.

What is meant by available chlorine in bleaching powder?

Usually it relates to hypochlorites content in the product. Available chlorine is the quantity of chlorine that can hypothetically be produced by reaction of bleaching powder with hydrochloric acid. Greater the available chlorine is - greater oxidation ability the bleaching powder has. For ex ( Full Answer )

Can you mix chlorine bleach with non-chlorine laundry bleach?

No, you can (and should) NOT mix anything with chlorine, unless you are fully aware of all dangers doing things like that. At least make sure you are well protected and wearing gas-protection mask. So: Do not do it!

Is non chlorine bleach acidic?

Yes it is. That's how it gets al the stains out; becaus eof the strong acid in it that burns away at the stains in white clothe. Hope this helped!

Is there chlorine in Clorox bleach?

Yes there is. It is a compound called Sodium hypochlorite hence hypoCHLORITE. For more ingredients check the clorox website

How does non-chlorine bleach work?

It does the exact same thing as normal bleach but it does not have chlorine. It still oxidizes but uses different chemicals to oxidize. Please refer to the following link.

What do you get when mix copper sulphate and chlorine bleach?

I made a copper sulphate solution using 1 heaped tablespoon sulphate and 90ml water, boiled it and let it all dissolve. then took some bleach in a syringe squirted it in and... It went brown/black looking exactly like bird poo and it went like a paste instantly after touching the solution.... try ( Full Answer )

Are chlorine bleach fumes harmful?

Yes. Can burn your lungs and cause serious health problems. I made the mistake of pouring bleach into steaming hot water; could not breath and still have problems to this day. Was told I burt my lungs.

Is white cloud bleach non-chlorinated?

White Cloud Regular Bleach is 6% Sodium Hypochlorite....yeilds 5.7% available chlorine. The Clorox Regular Bleach label reads the same.

What are drawbacks of chlorine bleach?

The vapour of said bleach is toxic. To get around this, you would use the bleach, then rinse/dry the surfaces you used it on (as opposed to drowning your kitchen in the stuff, then leaving the house for the day, returning, and possibly dying). Another is that the bleach is irritant to the skin, a ( Full Answer )

How chlorine bleaches by oxidation?

Chlorine bleaches the organic compound by oxidation process. It reacts first in aqueous solution giving nascent oxygen then the nascent oxygen oxidize organic compound making it colourless. i.e . H 2O + cl2 gives 2Hcl + O (nascent oxygen) Organic compound + O (nascent oxygen) gives colourless ( Full Answer )

What are some dangers of using chlorine bleach?

Chlorine bleach can be a very dangerous and as such it should be treated with care. Chlorine bleach can damage the airways and can also cause damage to skin. As such one should avoid prolonged contact with the fumes of chlorine bleach and one should always wear thick rubber gloves, or other protecti ( Full Answer )

How chlorine behave as bleaching agent?

Snow White ---- When added to water chlorine the chloride ion Cl - becomes available, which is a strong oxidising agent. This reactschemically with many of the compounds that can discolour fabrics,for example, to convert them to other compounds that may not be asvisible to the human eye. Please se ( Full Answer )

Does bleach have chlorine in it?

Yes, bleach often contain sodium hypochlorite. The chlorine is anoxidising agent there to whiten and disinfect.

Does chlorine bleach kill alga bloom?

Chlorine bleach kills all microorganisms. It rapidly oxidizes thecell membrane and other biochemicals needed for their survival. Ofcourse a large enough quantity must be used.