What Does Clorox Do to Bacteria?

While most bacteria are harmless to humans, keeping a clean and sterile kitchen is one way to prevent the growth of bacteria that can harm you and your family.

Function

The use of Clorox bleach as a disinfectant is a cheap and easy way to safeguard your home.

While bleach is primarily used to get stains out of clothing, it also has antiseptic properties. According to Johns Hopkins University, Clorox bleach contains properties that oxidize the organic material found in the cell walls of bacteria, killing it with a chemical reaction.

Significance

According to Clorox, its bleach kills 99.9 percent of all bacteria when used on a surface that is hard and non-porous. While tough on bacteria, using bleach on surfaces is safe for you and your family.

Considerations

Use bleach often on cutting boards and other kitchen surfaces that come into direct contact with raw meat. Harmful bacteria like E. coli and salmonella can be acquired from raw meat and can cause serious illness.

About the Author

David Harris is a writer living in Portland, Ore. He currently is the editor-in-chief of the online magazine Spectrum Culture. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College.