Sodium Hypochlorite

NASTY, not used in ecostore products

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High Health Hazard. Sodium Hypochlorite is a skin and eye and lung irritant and is environmentally toxic.

Sodium hypochlorite is a bleaching agent used in disinfectants and is the main ingredient in household bleach. Sodium hypochlorite is highly corrosive and can cause serious damage if exposed to eyes and skin. A recent study indicated that sodium hypochlorite and chemicals (e.g. surfactants, fragrances) contained in several household cleaning products can react to generate chlorinated volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These chlorinated compounds are emitted during cleaning applications, some of which are toxic and probable human carcinogens. If released into the environment, it can break down in seawater to form hypobromite, which is toxic to aquatic organisms. REFERENCES: (1. Odabasi, M. (2008). Halogenated volatile organic compounds from the use of chlorine-bleach- containing household products. Environmental Science and Technology, 42(5), 1445-1451. 2. R.E.D. Facts - Sodium and Calcium Hypochlorite Salts. United States Environmental Protection Agency.)

INCI Name Sodium Hypochlorite
EWG Rating 3 - 3
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