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Encyclopedia > Bleach (chemical)

In chemistry, to bleach something generally means to whiten it or oxidize it. A bleach is a chemical that exhibits these properties. Common chemical bleaches include sodium hypochlorite, or "chlorine bleach," and "oxygen bleach," which contains hydrogen peroxide. Bleaching can be a preliminary step in the process of dyeing.


Bleach is commonly used as a disinfectant by homemakers and janitors. Bleach should NEVER be mixed with cleaners containing ammonia; the mixture can create toxic gases and volatile explosives.


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Bleach - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (400 words)
Household bleach or sodium hypochlorite is used in the home for whitening clothes, removing stains, and disinfecting.
Chlorine bleach is a detergent and is also commonly used as a disinfectant by homemakers and janitors.
Chlorine dioxide is used for the bleaching of wood pulp, fats and oils, cellulose, flour, textiles, beeswax, and in a number of other industries.
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