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What is Javex bleach by Clorox used for?

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Javex 12 Bleach is a commercial product used to eliminate bacteria and algae in water and disinfect hard surfaces. It's approved for industrial and institutional uses such as food plant sanitation, and it may be used in swimming pools.

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Javex 12 Bleach is a regional brand with Canadian distribution that Chlorox acquired in 2006. It's sold under the Chlorox Commercial Solutions umbrella. Like other Clorox bleach products, Javex 12 is sold fully mixed and ready to use. It contains no phosphorus and it's safe for septic and sewer systems.

The product's active ingredient is a 10.8 percent concentration of sodium hypochlorite, which kills bacteria and serves as a whitening agent. This substance classifies Javex 12 as a household bleach rather than a chlorine bleach, which contains sodium chloride, or table salt. Household bleaches may also contain ingredients that remove stains caused by alcohol, grease, fats and acids.

This product should be used only as directed, and users should take precautions to avoid injury. Mixing this bleach with chemicals such as acids can cause the formation of poisonous gas. Areas fogged or sprayed should be avoided for at least two hours. Users should wear protective clothing, gloves and eyewear when handling Javex 12.

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