Dear 100 Hour Board,
Everyone knows that bleach is great for cleaning up a crime scene. But, does the type of bleach matter? Should I go brand-name clorox? Or will the generic-brand stuff work just as well?
By the way, please respond ASAP.
Dear oh sure I totally believe you,
For some reason I had a hard time convincing someone to be murdered so I could test out different kinds of bleach to clean up the scene (go figure). So I decided that actually analyzing the active chemicals in bleach would be the best route to go down. As I do not have any chemical knowledge beyond one class taken my sophomore year of high school, I posed your query to my dear friend Black Forest Cake (who has considerable chemical knowledge). Here's what she had to say:
Dear Potential Serial Killer,
Regarding your inquiry about bleach brands, I would first assess and compare the active ingredients between the Clorox brand-name and the generic brand-name. The magical ingredient responsible for exterminating such nefarious evidence is the lovely compound known as Sodium Hypochlorite. Not only can this lovely substance disinfect, sanitize, bleach, and deodorize, but it can also develop into a dangerous nerve gas if mixed with the correct chemicals. i.e. Ammonia. Anywho, going back to your question, the active ingredient of Sodium Hypochlorite in traditional Clorox bleach is 6%, and so if the generic brand-name has the exact amount of this active ingredient as the traditional Clorox bleach, then it should be just as effective. But of course, certain Clorox products have different percent ranges regarding to this active ingredient, so you will have to research to find the product that fits you the best. I personally enjoy the lemon-scented Clorox, since it leaves a pleasant citrusy scent, which definitely helps relieve the anxiety and stress of having to clean up a murder scene… Regardless, happy hunting!
~Black Forest Cake
So there you have it; just look for a high concentration of Sodium Hypochlorite.
~Anathema (who hopes she and her friend don't become complicit in a murder case due to this answer)