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Read the Label Challenge

Many people today are obsessed with reading the labels on the foods they purchase. It's a good thing, too. Some of the junk that passes as food is astounding. But that is a story for another day.

Today, we are going to be doing a Read the Label Challenge on products you use to clean your house. Specifically, we are going to look at bleach vs. Vital Oxide.

Challenge yourself, too. Look at your bleach or other cleaning product labels and you might be surprised at how dangerous they are.

*EPA=Environmental Protection Agency.


​Vital Oxide

Bleach is the generic name for any chemical product that is used industrially or domestically to remove color (whitening) from fabric or fiber or to clean or remove stains in a process called bleaching. It often refers, specifically, to a dilute solution of sodium hypochlorite, also called "liquid bleach".

Many bleaches have broad spectrum bactericidal properties, making them useful for disinfecting and sterilizing, and are used in swimming pool sanitation to control bacteria, viruses, and algae and in many places where sterile conditions are required. They are also used in many industrial processes, notably in the bleaching of wood pulp. Bleaches also have other minor uses like removing mildew, killing weeds, and increasing the longevity of cut flowers.

​Vital Oxide is an *EPA-registered hospital disinfectant cleaner, food surface sanitizer, mold killer, and heavy-duty odor eliminator. Effective on a broad spectrum of viruses, and bacteria, including “superbugs” like MRSA and H1N1. Vital Oxide breaks down to simple salt and produces no harmful by-products.

Vital Oxide has been approved by the EPA for use against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Vital Oxide meets the EPA’s emerging pathogen requirements for viruses showing efficacy against envelope and non-envelope virus, both large and small.

​Bleach is made of mostly water and sodium hypochlorite, the active ingredient that cleans and kills germs. Other ingredients are included in very small amounts to stabilize the formula and improve cleaning and whitening. One of the ingredients is Sodium hydroxide, also known as caustic soda or lye, which is used as a pH adjuster in cleaning products. As an alkali, it is useful in cleaning products for removing soils that are fatty, oily or acidic.

​Water-Liquid base; Surfactant-Assists in wetting surfaces; other EPA registered Anti-microbials

Usage: -For laundry, sort laundry by color and add detergent. Fill bleach to max line in dispenser or add 1/2 cup bleach to wash water. Add clothes and start wash. Ensure contact with bleach for 10 minutes.

-For sanitizing laundry, add 2/3 cup for standard machines and 1/3 cup for HE machines.

-For disinfecting and deodorizing, dilute 1/2 cup of bleach with 1 gallon of water. Pre-wash surface, mop or wipe with bleach solution. Allow solution to contact surface for at least 5 minutes. Rinse well and air dry. For prolonged use, wear rubber gloves.

​There isn't much that Vital Oxide cannot be used for. Vital Oxide is an EPA-registered hospital disinfectant cleaner, mold killer, and odor eliminator. Its formula contains a unique form of stabilized chlorine dioxide that is very effective at killing bacteria, viruses, and mold yet non-corrosive to treated articles and gentle enough to handle without causing skin irritation. It is ready to use with no mixing required—just spray, wipe, or fog right from the bottle.

​Safety Precautions

​Safety Precautions


IF IN EYES: Hold eye open and rinse slowly and gently with water for 15–20 minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present, after the first 5 minutes, then continue rinsing eye.

IF ON SKIN OR CLOTHING: Take off contaminated clothing. Rinse skin immediately with plenty of water for 15–20 minutes.



Eye Contact: Eye contact may cause mild eye irritation with discomfort.

Skin Contact: Does NOT cause skin irritation and the product is NOT a skin sensitizer.

Inhalation: Does NOT cause any respiratory irritation. If consumer product accidentally contacts strong acids in restricted ventilation area, avoid breathing the vapors and allow adequate time for the vapors to disperse before re-entering the restricted area.

Ingestion: Non-Toxic Carcinogenicity Information: IARC, NTP, OSHA, and ACGIH list none of the components present in this material at concentrations equal to or greater than 0.1% as carcinogens.

Hazard Statements: Eye contact may cause mild eye irritation with discomfort.

​Storage & Disposal

​Storage & Disposal

Storage Instructions Store away from children. Reclose the cap tightly after each use. Store this product upright in a cool, dry area, away from direct sunlight and heat to avoid deterioration. Do not contaminate food or feed by storage, disposal, or cleaning of equipment. PRODUCT DISPOSAL: Product or rinsates that cannot be used must be diluted with water before disposal in a sanitary sewer. CONTAINER HANDLING: Nonrefillable container. Do not reuse or refill this container. Recycle empty containers or discard them in the trash.

Store in original closed container in a cool, dry place away from heat and open flame. Do not allow product to become overheated in storage. Avoid prolonged storage temperature above 40°C or 90°F. This may cause increased degradation of the product, which will decrease product effectiveness. PRECAUTIONARY STATEMENTS

Precautionary Statements – Prevention: P234 Keep only in original container, or properly labeled second container.

Precautionary Statements – Response: P390 Absorb spillage to prevent waste.

This is just a small sampling of what the differences are between bleach and Vital Oxide.

Read the label on your cleaning products just like you would on your food products. You know they use bleach in a lot of public places. Would you rather eat at a table cleaned with bleach or cleaned with Vital Oxide?


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