Foods are not the only ones with a date of expiration, because in the market there is a wide range of cleaning products that also expire and one of these is the chlorine.
Chlorine is an essential element for various household cleaning tasks, from bleaching clothes to disinfecting cloth and even removing tartar from bathroom tiles is essential!
There are two types of chlorine, one that is only bleach and one that contains oxygen bleach.
According to the American Chemical Council, chlorine bleach, chemically speaking, “is an aqueous solution of sodium hypochlorite. Sodium Hypochlorite is the active ingredient in the bleach you use to disinfect germ-containing locations like light switches, door handles, and to remove mold from countertops.
But then how do we know when the chlorine expires? The first thing to consider is when the product was manufactured, according to the Clorox website, the production code on the neck of the bottle indicates how old the chlorine bottle really is.
So how could this code be decrypted? Clorox breaks it down using sample code A81421321CA3. Moving from left to right, the plant number is “A8”, the last two numbers of the year it was produced: it is “14”, and the day of the year the bottle was made corresponds to “213”. That translates to a bottle of chlorine that was made on the 213 of the year, or on August 1, 2014.
According to the Scripps Research Institute, chlorine can last about six months. After that, “the bleach begins to degrade. Even in its original bottle, the bleach becomes 20 percent less effective as the year passes.”
For this, it is important to know how to properly store your chlorine bottle and according to Clorox, “it should be stored between 50 ° F and 70F ° and kept out of direct sunlight” when it comes to bottles that are sealed and open.
Clorox ensures that a bottle that has been stored correctly has a shelf life of approximately one year, but if it has already expired, it is best to empty it through the toilet.