Most often known as bleach, this chemical is so much more. It is actually NOT bleach by itself, but is one of the main components of bleach. It can be added to water for purification, cleaners for industrial or home use, and found in your local swimming pool.
So what's the deal then? If it is everywhere, including added to our tap water, why should we worry? Well, simply, it is in EVERYTHING and it just shouldn't be. Believed to be one of the largest causes of dermatitis, it is in almost every laundry soap on the market. Now, before you think you wash your clothes and they rinse clean, THEY DON'T. Nope. Not by a long shot. You see, laundry detergents have additives which are specifically designed to coat the fibers of your clothing. Their purpose? To hold fragrance molecules so your clothes stay smelling fresh longer or to offer a synthetic coated barrier of fabric protection so your clothes stay looking newer longer. With each movement, you are activating those chemicals trapped in your clothing fibers. To someone with tough skin and lungs, it may seem like no problem, but to those with breathing issues like asthma or sensitive skin, eczema or dermatitis, it is a nightmare designed to torture them.
With many options available without sodium hypochlorite, including the option of making your own products and drinking filtered water, this chemical really doesn't need to be part of our daily lives.