It’s pool season!
Clorox® Pool&Spa™ products hit the market in 2014. But did you know that The Clorox Company’s been interested in pools and hygiene since 1931?
Dr. Legge conducted research on using Clorox bleach to relieve and prevent the spread of “Athlete’s Foot” (also known as Foot Ringworm) in the school’s gymnasiums and pools. Clorox later published a pamphlet about Dr. Legge’s findings.
According to this publication, the University concluded that a foot bath of a Clorox solution proved the most efficient and practical treatment and preventative measure for Athlete’s Foot.
U.C. Berkeley placed rubber foot baths bearing the Clorox name in passageways between pools and shower rooms, noting “splendid results in controlling the spread of the disease.”
These foot baths were subsequently sold to universities and high schools.
The Clorox Company Archive contains two original Clorox foot baths, and yes, they appear to be used.
Even more interestingly, we also have a pencil-written flyer used to recruit volunteers for Dr. Legge’s research. “Wanted: 1,000 persons who are infected with Athlete’s Foot,” it reads.
While not the most savory story from the Clorox Company Archive, these items attest to Clorox’s long-standing commitment to public health and wellness, and represent an early foray into pool hygiene.