I recently received an email from a research scientist who works for the makers of CLOROX Bleach commenting on “a few misconceptions in my post about bleach (See “Living without bleach”). To protect the privacy of this commenter I will refer to him as “Mr. CLOROX”. Also, the bleach he is referring to is sodium hypochlorite (i.e. CLOROX and other household bleach) not chlorine bleach.
Last but not least, household bleach is not known to cause cancer and research has shown that by-products formed by reacting sodium hypochlorite bleach with household soils are broken quickly down by septic- and waste treatment systems.
My goal is to be open minded and learn more about products and their effects on the environment. I will say though that I do have a hard time believing government agencies and manufacturers of products that contain chemicals. To me it’s like believing a pharmaceutical company that side effects rarely happen. But, it’s an individuals decision on what you choose to use.