Hazards of Bleach and Simple Cleaners. Did you know bacteria can survive and hitch rides in space? Did you know bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics?

This issue comes up often when comparing cleaning techniques.  For example when comparing chemical use and duration to rapid clean steam.

Bleach often contains Sodium Hypochlorite — Sodium hypochlorite can cause severe eye irritation and if ingested can cause severe stomach irritation and sores. Sodium Hydroxide is also often used to stabilize household bleach. It is extremely caustic and can cause significant skin irritation if touched.

Other simple cleaners contains trace doses of 2-butoxyethanol — sustained inhalation of high concentrations (100-500 ppm) of this compound has been found to cause adrenal tumors in tested animals.  Please consult toxicologists for a definitive analysis.

An non-intuitive feature of using chemicals over steam is noted in the energy usage.  See for example (click).

Bacteria are becoming resistant to even powerful drugs like antibiotics. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_antibiotic-resistant_bacteria

How do bacteria become extremophiles in space.

A Ball of Bacteria Survived for 3 Years … in Space!

New research from the Japanese Tanpopo mission adds to scientists’ understanding of how living organisms can endure the hostile environment.

Read: https://apple.news/AxZnbdZKdRZOZJlF94O0qdA

No Bleach Please

  1. For COVID-19 and many other viruses one needs the surface  to be in contact with a biocidal chemical for over 10 mins https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/reopen-guidance.html# See also https://extension.colostate.edu/docs/pubs/foodnut/kitchen-sanitize.pdf See also https://www.pennmedicine.org/updates/blogs/health-and-wellness/2020/april/cleaning-against-covid See also https://www.pennmedicine.org/updates/blogs/health-and-wellness/2020/april/cleaning-against-covid
  2. Warning bells are sounding for the overuse of chemicals. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5685540/ See also WHO says please do not spray disinfectants https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/coronavirus-pandemic-05-16-20-intl/h_0f2325d2b58893ae656ac8e522afad79
  3. Protecting the environment from a new problem from harsh and greasy chemicals, is beginning to cause serious worries. https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/coronavirus-pandemic-05-16-20-intl/h_0f2325d2b58893ae656ac8e522afad79