Aseptics and aesthetics of chlorine bleach: Can its use in laundering be safely abandoned

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The disinfecting and cleansing properties of chlorine bleach in high-temperature laundering formulations first was demonstrated in 1938, and subsequently was found to be equally effective in lower-temperature formulations that included modifications in the laundering cycle. Until another well-documented bleaching additive becomes commercially available, chlorine bleach should continue to be an integral part of the laundering formulations for all textiles used in health care facilities. (AJIC Am J Infect Control 1998;26:149-151)

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