Healthy lives

Consumer health & well-being

Consumer health & well-being

Creating products that make the world a cleaner, healthier place has always been our focus. With a diverse portfolio of wellness-related brands reaching households worldwide, it’s a legacy we proudly continue, innovating at every step along the way.

We’ve already made significant headway on our goal of enhancing people’s well-being through our brands. Between 2019 and 2020, we increased the number of wellness-related product categories in U.S. homes by 6.5 million. These categories include natural-origin personal care that harnesses the power of nature; vitamins, minerals and supplements that provide essential nutrients; water filtration that provides hydration while minimizing plastic waste; and cleaning products that make the world cleaner and safer. These categories can have a meaningful, positive impact on people’s everyday lives and we will continue to track our progress because helping people thrive is core to who we are and what we do.

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Supporting public health

Supporting public health

Our interest in and support for public health dates back more than a century. Our company was founded in 1913 with liquid bleach as our flagship product, used by industrial customers for stain removal, cleaning and disinfecting. Since then, Clorox® bleach and an expanding portfolio of products have continued to contribute to healthier lives in healthier environments — from hospitals to homes.

Infection prevention

Infection prevention

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that drug-resistant bacteria cause 2 million illnesses and approximately 23,000 deaths each year in the United States alone. The CDC also reported that approximately one in 25 U.S. hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection (HAI) on any given day. Our fast-acting, EPA-registered disinfectants and electrostatic technology work together to help reduce the spread of pathogens that cause HAIs, including C. difficile and MRSA. The CDC estimates that improved infection-control practices and antibiotic stewardship efforts could prevent about 619,000 infections and 37,000 deaths over five years, and we see ourselves as part of the solution.
 
Of course, people also routinely get sick with more common infections. Up to 5 million people globally get the flu every year, and the viruses that cause cold and flu can be present anywhere — including your own home. Our disinfecting products make it easier for people to kill germs that cause illness and protect their families, especially in the place where they should feel safest.

Health through safe drinking water

Health through safe drinking water

Bleach also can serve an important role in places where people don’t have safe water to drink — a problem affecting approximately 1 billion people worldwide. Through our Clorox Safe Water Project, we’re giving more than 25,000 Peruvians access to safe drinking water with just a few drops of bleach from local disinfecting stations — and creating a model that can be replicated in other places where there’s a need.
 

Safe Drinking Water from Brita

Our efforts to ensure access to clean, better tasting water for the public have also been directly bolstered by our Brita® brand and its various water filtration products. Through the simple and safe filtration method known as carbon filtering, impurities are removed from the water source and trapped by the filter’s carbon barrier. It’s this process used in all Brita® pitchers, bottles and dispensers that makes clean water easily accessible to Brita® users. For more information about the benefits of filtered water, see the Brita brand website.

Disaster relief

Disaster relief

Public health needs can become particularly acute during humanitarian crises following natural disasters. Bleach is one of the first lines of defense after an earthquake, severe storm or flood. We have a history of working with relief organizations to donate Clorox® bleach and other needed products such as Glad® trash bags to help affected communities begin to recover. For more information on how we support the places we work and live, visit Thriving Communities.
 
Natural disasters also can take the form of virus outbreaks, and Clorox responds to these challenges as well. Some of our recent bleach donations and public education efforts have helped battle Ebola in West Africa and the chikingunya, dengue and Zika outbreaks in the Americas. And our donations of disinfecting products were instrumental to COVID relief efforts, offering people around the world the supplies they need for keeping their homes and businesses clean at a time when hygiene was more important than ever before.
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