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bleach

noun Sodium hypochlorite (NaClO); e.g., Chlorox. A corrosive oxidising disinfectant and bleaching agent.
verb To whiten or remove colour or stains from.

bleach, bleach·ing

(blēch, blēching)
Removal of color from an object using chemicals or light.

bleach

see sodium hypochlorite.
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According to the publication, bleaching agents used in flour production are usually a blend of benzoyl peroxide (BPO) and corn flour.
As far as these authors are concerned, regardless of the availability of contrary evidence, blacks who use hydroquinone-based bleaching agents often get skin damage not from the use of carcinogenic agents, but because they possess a prior genetic predisposition to getting skin damage, when they bleach their skin with carcinogenic agents
In what is believed to be the first head-to-head comparison between traditional hand-cleaning and mopping with bleaching agents and robotic vaporizers, researchers routinely tested patients and their surroundings not only for VRE, but also for the more common methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, and lesser-known bacteria, including Clostridium difficile and Acinetobacter baumannii.
More than 60% of hydrogen peroxide in the United States now has use as a bleaching agent by the pulp and paper industry.
TAED is a bleaching agent in detergents but can also be used as a biocide.
Perhaps the most substantial change in the pulp and paper industry is the wholesale shift away from the use of elemental chlorine as a bleaching agent due to environmental issues related to the release of dioxin and other toxic compounds.
The surge in imports followed the government regulation requiring the use of H2O2 which is considered 'environmentally friendly' to replace chlorine (Cl2) as a bleaching agent in the pulp & paper and textile industries.
But chlorine is a harsh chemical whose use as a bleaching agent in the paper industry has polluted many rivers and streams (see "The Dead Pigeon River," Currents, May/June 1997).
The Texas team next found that their samples harbored a number of microbes--specifically, ones that have been found to grow in natron, a bleaching agent that may have been used on the cloth in the past.
I use laundry soap powder, washing soda, and a powdered bleaching agent (sodium percarbonate), all of which can be obtained from the Eco Design Co.