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flo's avatar

Does your bleach cause you to send glue (unintentionally) down the drain?

Asked by flo (7514 points ) September 11th, 2011

Would you do the experiment? If you leave a mixture of bleach and a small amount of water in a glass container for a few days, what do you get? See if you get glue floating in there or not.
Imagine if someone else was washing the dishes and he/she threw it down the drain thinking it is something like spoiled milk mixture etc.

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dreamwolf's avatar

Imagine if someone else was washing the dishes and he/she threw it down the drain thinking it is something like spoiled milk mixture etc.

What does this have to do with anything? Did someone throw out your experiment? Are we supposed to sympathize with you or something? This question is all too hypothetical.

bkcunningham's avatar

I’ve left bleach in a glass with a little water, @flo, and, honestly, I’ve never noticed that it turned to glue on top.

tedibear's avatar

Where is the glue coming from? If it’s a glass container, I doubt that it would be glued.

Lightlyseared's avatar

No, it does not turn in to glue.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

Working in a restaurant we had “sani-buckets” of water and bleach mixed together that sat in various locations, and none of them ever turned to glue that I noticed…

syz's avatar

Bleach + water = diluted bleach.

gailcalled's avatar

I’ve soaked many utensils and tea-stained mugs with a mixture of bleach and water and let it sit for several days. No glue here.

I also routinely throw a little bleach down my kitchen sink drain to disinfect the area and get rid of the glop that collects on the rubber drainer and disposal latch. And I have often tossed a cup or two down my toilet for the same reasons.

bkcunningham's avatar

Maybe it is water and (bleached) flour you are thinking about, @flo.

incendiary_dan's avatar

The chlorine evaporates off after some time. Most instructions for using bleach to sanitize drinking water says to let it sit out for hours, sometimes a day or two. At that point, it’s just water again (sans microbes).

robmandu's avatar

Are we huffing the glue? Or the bleach?

I only ever send my glue down the drain intentionally, fwiw.

flo's avatar

I guess it has something to do with quality control. The same idea as melanine in milk (if you remember the news) I didn’t mean the mixture left for a few days would/should always produce that result. By the way, it doesn’t happen without the metal jar lid, I don’t know about the plastic lid. So, if left covered tightly wrapped with newspaper, it doesn’t happen. Added:no glue.

@bkcunningham no flour, nothing other than bleach and water. It doesn’t happen when other objects dishes, clothes etc. are in the mixture. Again it involves one or maybe two brands (that maybe owned by the same company)
@tedibear I don’t know where the glue comes from. What is white surface on the inside of the metal lid? But still it shouldn’t happen, esp. since the surface is not affected at all. @dreamwolf what is wrong with the way the others answered the question?

Buttonstc's avatar

So you’re evidently recycling a jar plus lid which was originally used for something else.

Many metal lids on jars like mayonnaise etc. have a thin sealing ring usually frequently white colored and made from rubber or soft plastic.

The bleach is most likely disintegrating and dissolving THAT.

The way you originally asked the Q made it sound like the only things being dealt with were plain bleach in a glass jar. No wonder it was confusing.

wonderingwhy's avatar

Metal jar lid… if you’re using a canning jar lid the lid has wax (or similar substance) around the ring that is likely reacting with the bleach. Otherwise as @syz said “Bleach + water = diluted bleach” there must be a contaminate from somewhere such as what @Buttonstc mentioned. Metal cans have epoxy resin coatings (for example, the white lining in some brands of canned tomatoes) to keep food from reacting with the metal a metal lid is possibly similar. The bleach may be reacting with the resin.

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