Color safe bleach chemical composition?
January 21, 2010 1:46 PM   Subscribe

What is color-safe bleach composed of?

I'm specifically referring to Clorox 2 (just because that's what I have around the house). I was under the impression that it was some sort of a peroxide formula, but in looking at Clorox's website it says that Clorox 2 does not actually disinfect, which I would expect a peroxide to do. I feel like I remember successfully cleaning mold with it in the past, so I'm a bit baffled. Any ideas?
posted by aloiv2 to Home & Garden (4 answers total)
According to Colorox themselves, "Clorox 2 contains a milder, oxygen bleach which makes it color-safe."
posted by soelo at 2:06 PM on January 21, 2010

About says that oxygen bleach is made with hydrogen peroxide.
posted by carmen at 2:39 PM on January 21, 2010

Sorry, on reread, you knew that. This site has a lot of info and suggests that you can disinfect with it, so I wonder if the Clorox label is because of the degree of dilution?
posted by carmen at 2:44 PM on January 21, 2010

Best answer: I'd imagine the "does not disinfect" is a liability thing. It does disinfect, but not nearly as well as Original Recipe Clorox, and Proctor & Gamble don't want to get sued by some moron who used clorox 2 to clean up after dressing a bunch of raw chickens and gave the whole church fundraiser salmonella poising.
posted by Jon_Evil at 10:19 PM on January 21, 2010

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