The Pros and Cons of Bleach
While most people associate bleach with sparkling clean kitchens and bathrooms, it does not always lead to such a pretty picture. Although bleach is able to kill bacteria, viruses, and mold on nonporous surfaces, it can also damage your lungs and cause your skin to suffer from irritation.
If you have health issues such as asthma which can be exacerbated by bleach, you should always check a product’s label to make sure that it does not contain the chemical. However, some products can be mislabeled, which result in injury to those who use it. If you or someone you know has been injured by a product due to mislabeling, you should speak to an attorney today. Call a product liability lawyer from the Wisconsin firm of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, today at 800-242-2874.
The Advantages of Bleach
As mentioned above, products fortified with bleach are especially effective at killing germs on hard, nonporous surfaces. Additionally, when added to swimming pool water, bleach can kill waterborne viruses and bacteria as well. This can protect you from catching things like colds and the flu from viruses left on counter tops and doorknobs.
The Dangers of Bleach
Bleach can become dangerous if it is in a gaseous form, or if it is mixed with something like ammonia. Ammonia causes bleach to turn into a chlorine gas, which is actually so harmful that has been used as chemical warfare in the past.
Exposure to gases that contain bleach can be especially harmful for those with preexisting lung conditions, such as asthma or chronic bronchitis. However, it can also hurt people by irritating the eyes, throat, lungs, and skin.
Before you reach for that household cleaner, you should check the label to see if it contains bleach. While bleach can be helpful in moderation, high amounts of the toxic substance or mixing it with other household products can be dangerous. If you or someone you know has been misled by a product that failed to warn you of the dangers involved, you may be eligible for financial compensation under product liability law.