Does bleach contain alcohol?

No. The active ingredient in household bleach is sodium hypochlorite, which is derived from salt. Chlorine, sodium hypochlorite, calcium hypochlorite, and hydrogen peroxide are commonly used as bleaches.

Household bleach, sodium chlorate, is made when sodium hydroxide and chlorine react together:

sodium hydroxide + chlorine → sodium chloride + water + sodium chlorate

2NaOH + Cl2 → NaCl + H2O + NaClO

Household bleach is used to clean and disinfect toilets, drains and kitchen surfaces.

Tip! Learn these 12 Smart Ways to Use Bleach shared by Reader's Digest.