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Bleach Detojet
Published: April 20, 2022

Q: We have a washer that use both Detojet and a bleach cycle.   We would like to optimize.  Can we combine?  We have read the “Bleach with Detergents for Disinfection?” article.

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A key component of Detojet® Low Foaming Liquid Detergent is indeed sodium hypochlorite (per the SDS 2.5-10%).  So it would depend what the sodium hypochlorite (bleach) cycle is used is for.  Typically, in the manner you described, it is for cleaning via oxidative mechanisms.  Which is of course one of Detojet detergent’s main weapons.  It is always difficult to determine how much will be needed, but I would consider upping the Detojet usage and evaluate the cleaning effectiveness.  Keep in mind that, assuming the bleach is indeed a cleaning step, the synergistic effects of a multi-faceted detergent will be better than the individual amount of sodium hypochlorite.  We can optimize further once we have results. 

In short, Detojet itself can very well be the Detojet + bleach combo you are looking for.

Another option: You can mix the Detojet/bleach in the detergent reservoir at the ratio that the multi-step process that is used in the washer has. It would be fine as a compatible mixture.  This will be similarly the case for other detergents products that have hypochlorite including Alcojet® Low Foaming Powdered Detergent and Tergajet® Low-Foaming Phosphate-Free Detergent

I would say that the question about what the bleach step is accomplishing (again very likely a cleaning step), and is the amount of Detojet used an optimized concentration, would determine whether you look to use Detojet alone or in conjunction with bleach.

Please also note that pure bleach may not be compatible with all washer units – can be corrosive to stainless steel over time – and you should check your manufacturer. The sodium hypochlorite in our detergents do not pose such concerns.

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