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Old 06-19-2010, 01:21 PM
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Post Better than Bleach: Use Calcium Hypochlorite to Disinfect Water



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I know this has been mentioned in other posts, but with swimming pool supplies now available everywhere this time of year, I thought it deserved another mention.

http://readynutrition.com/resources/...ater_19062010/

This article was originally posted at Survival Topics

Many ourdoorsmen, survivalists, and households preparing for emergency disasters rely upon common household bleach as a disinfecting agent to make water safe to drink.

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Old 06-19-2010, 01:23 PM
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All we have in town here is 52% calcium hypochlorite. Will that work?
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All we have in town here is 52% calcium hypochlorite. Will that work?
I think WalMart carries it.
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With so many new people coming on board, this info needs repeated regularly. I know I had been involved in survivalism for a long time and never knew about this. I consider it to be my number one discovery on this site!
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I got 12 lbs of it in stores. Go to Hydropool.com...they had the best prices last time I checked. 78% in 1 lb bags.

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Ahhh.....Does bleach expire??? I didn't think it did. Am I wrong?
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A little known problem with long term storage of bleach in your disaster emergency supply cache is that it degrades over time. Consulting a Chlorox bleach representative produced this statement:

“We recommend storing our bleach at room temperatures. It can be stored for about 6 months at temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. After this time, bleach will be begin to degrade at a rate of 20% each year until totally degraded to salt and water. Storing at temperatures much higher than 70 degrees Fahrenheit could cause the bleach to lose its effectiveness and degrade more rapidly. However, if you require 6% sodium hypochlorite, you should change your supply every 3 months.”
This is one of the reasons I do not stockpile liquid bleach (except for a new bottle every hurricane season).

But does anyone know HOW the bleach breaks down? Does it have to do with air contact? Or air coming through the seal/through the plastic? Or is it a chemical reaction that will occur even without air.

I was wondering and thinking if having some in glass bottles that are vaccum sealed would have any impact on the shelf-life. Just curious about that.
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Ahhh.....Does bleach expire??? I didn't think it did. Am I wrong?
Bleach expires...calcium hypochlorite has an indefinite shelf life.
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Bleach expires...calcium hypochlorite has an indefinite shelf life.
Now I feel pretty silly. Somehow I managed to miss that one all these years. Thanx for the info.
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This is one of the reasons I do not stockpile liquid bleach (except for a new bottle every hurricane season).

But does anyone know HOW the bleach breaks down? Does it have to do with air contact? Or air coming through the seal/through the plastic? Or is it a chemical reaction that will occur even without air.

I was wondering and thinking if having some in glass bottles that are vaccum sealed would have any impact on the shelf-life. Just curious about that.
I used to know this...I'm thinking that Sodium Hydroxide (bleach) is not the stablest of molecules...it's just going to break down by sitting there. Someone correct me if I'm wrong...I'd have to see the chemical formula for it. My chemistry is REALLY rusty.
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Now I feel pretty silly. Somehow I managed to miss that one all these years. Thanx for the info.
NP...just don't stock up on bleach...lol

Calcium hypochlorite has the bennies of an indefinite shelf life, and it only takes a couple of spoonfuls to make a few gallons of bleach. Great stuff. It's what they use to shock pools with when somebody takes a crap in the pool.
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Thanks. I had been wondering about this lately. Know I know. Saved to Favorites.
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Excuse me everyone, but I am severely mathematically challenged. Does anyone know the measurement is, if lets say you wanted to treat one gallon at a time with this powder?
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Thanks for the great info,I have a friend in the pool biz.I am going to have to hit her up on a stock pile of this stuff.
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Now I feel pretty silly. Somehow I managed to miss that one all these years. Thanx for the info.
I used to stock bleach too. I knew it expired, and I replaced it yearly, but I didn't know of a better alternative until I first saw this posted a few months back. Instant solution to a major problem.
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I used to know this...I'm thinking that Sodium Hydroxide (bleach) is not the stablest of molecules...it's just going to break down by sitting there. Someone correct me if I'm wrong...I'd have to see the chemical formula for it. My chemistry is REALLY rusty.
Bleach is Sodium Hypochlorite.

Sodium Hydroxide is lye, or "caustic soda".

Don't confuse the two - sodium hydroxide may kill bacteria and viruses in water (I don't know for sure), but I don't think you'd want to drink it. Easy way to burn your esophagus and stomach lining (and burn it all again on the way out when you vomit).
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Bleach is Sodium Hypochlorite.

Sodium Hydroxide is lye, or "caustic soda".

Don't confuse the two - sodium hydroxide may kill bacteria and viruses in water (I don't know for sure), but I don't think you'd want to drink it. Easy way to burn your esophagus and stomach lining (and burn it all again on the way out when you vomit).
My bottle of bleach says "Sodium Hydroxide".
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I have been storing calcium hypochlorite for years. The powder form and tablets. I first read about it years ago on this forum. Its a must have prep for water purification.
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I used to stock bleach too. I knew it expired, and I replaced it yearly, but I didn't know of a better alternative until I first saw this posted a few months back. Instant solution to a major problem.
YUP! Just goes to prove that no matter how well you think that you have things dialed down there is always another something to learn. I suppose thats why we hang out on sites like this.

I'm still feeling a bit chagrined. I'll get over it. My whites are REALLY gonna be white come next laundry day.
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