How We Test Disinfectants

When we test our disinfectants to evaluate their efficacy and safety, we aim to ensure that our products meet our consumer’s expectations. Here’s how we ensure our products live up to our commitment to efficacy and safety:

First and foremost, Clorox® Regular Bleach2 is registered with and regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). To be approved by the EPA, products must pass strict microbiological efficacy tests that prove they kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Products must also meet rigorous data requirements set by EPA to ensure safety for humans and the environment. Clorox also sells many disinfecting products (such as Formula 409, Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, Scentiva, and Pine-Sol) that do not contain bleach; instead they disinfect using hydrogen peroxide, glycolic acid and other EPA-approved chemistries.

Before all of our bleach and disinfecting products go on the market, Clorox conducts rigorous human and environmental safety assessments, evaluating ingredients and product formulations. We also sponsor studies and scientific analyses using third-party laboratories to conduct independent testing, while minimizing the use of animals, per our animal testing policy. Data on disinfecting products are also independently reviewed and approved by EPA – because you shouldn’t have to take our word for it. And once Clorox products are in the hands of consumers, we are committed to regularly monitoring the safety of our products in the marketplace. We encourage consumers to report any concerns using the company contact information present on the product label.

Clorox products are also tested in healthcare facilities, where they are used to help protect vulnerable patients from surfaces contaminated with infection-causing germs and are evaluated by leading experts in rigorous, external, evidence-based research. Disinfecting products intended for use in the healthcare setting are tested for efficacy against specific bacteria, viruses or other pathogens commonly found in medical facilities.

Because Clorox takes product safety seriously, we want to make sure our customers have easy access to information that helps them better understand how to use bleach and other disinfecting products safely. That’s why, on our website, we make product safety information publicly available and have dedicated a page to answering your questions. We want to make sure your voice is being heard and that we are learning firsthand how our products are used so we can respond to you.

Even after all of our testing and evaluation, ensuring our products’ safety doesn’t stop there. We continue to listen, engage in open dialogues, and work to find answers for the questions you have – and create products that may help to protect the families and pets that you love.