Stains, grimes, and all kinds of crud buildup ruin any home. That is why households should have a reliable and powerful cleaning solution. For the bathroom and toilet, many households trust the cleaning power of Kaboom Surface and Toilet Cleaners. But, is the product safe for all surfaces in the event that it comes in contact with fabric? Does Kaboom have bleach in it?
Different Kaboom cleaners have different ingredients and formulations. Most Kaboom products do not contain bleach in them. But, they do have one product with bleach and the ingredient is ostensibly written on the label. All Kaboom cleaners are intended for cleaning and protecting the bathroom against nasty dirt and grime buildup.
Kaboom has a special cleaning mechanism that changes its color once the surface is already clean. The blue foam or gel changes into white to indicate it is clean and needs to be wiped away.
What Are the Ingredients in Kaboom?
Kaboom works superiorly against tough stains and grimes that taint the pristine surface of the toilet area. Stains can emerge in different places, often in the kitchen and bathroom, where moisture and humidity are high. Church & Dwight Co., Inc. recognizes the problem and provides a solution in every bottle of Kaboom.
Kaboom has two different formulations in different variants containing dissimilar chemical compositions. Each bottle may have either a cleaning agent or pH adjuster along with other materials that function as,
- Solvent. Solvents used in bathroom cleaners are important in breaking up soil particles and adding detergency to the product. Kaboom uses either water, tripropylene glycol methyl ether and butoxydiglycol as solvents.
- Surfactant. A surfactant or surface-active ingredient traps the dirt and removes it from the surface. The most common surfactant found in Kaboom is lauramine oxide, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, alcohol ethoxylates, or lauryl glucoside, among others.
- Cleaning Agent. This is the hard surface cleaner that removes all dirt and grub particles, dissolves oil and fats, and prevents those things from spreading. Cleaning agents also deodorize and disinfect the surface while preventing scale deposits. The cleaning agents in non-bleach Kaboom are sodium hydroxide and hydrochloric acid.
- pH Adjuster. It balances the alkalinity or acidity of the cleaning product to dispel stains and dirt buildup effectively. The pH adjuster in Kaboom can be sodium hydroxide, triethanolamine, ethanolamine, sulfamic acid, or citric acid.
- Chelating Agents. The chelating agents effectively dissolve mineral and metal ions on the surface. It acts like a magnet that collects these elements and washes them off. Kaboom uses EDTA or tetrasodium EDTA in its bathroom cleaning products.
- Fragrance, colorant, and processing aid are also added to some Kaboom cleaners. Kaboom Scrub-Free cleaners have bulking ingredients like sodium chloride. Meanwhile, products in a spray can contain propellant and corrosion inhibitors.
The Kaboom Mold & Mildew Stain Remover with Bleach is the only product containing sodium hypochlorite or liquid bleach. This particular product is in a no-drip foam formulation that clings to the surface after spraying. It is ideal for vertical surfaces, corners, and hard-to-reach crevices that runny bathroom cleaner formulation may miss.
Kaboom Mildew Remover is effective in washing away mold and mildews that have buildup on the surface. It also disinfects and deodorizes them, leaving behind a trail of fresh citrus scent.
Most Kaboom cleaners do not contain bleach with different cleaning ingredients. The cleaning agents in each formulation of non-bleach Kaboom cleaners vary for every bottle spray as indicated below.
- Kaboom Bowl Blaster for Hard Water – Hydrochloric Acid
- Kaboom Foam- Tastic (Citrus and Fresh Scent) – Sodium hydroxide and ether
- Kaboom Plus Disinfex 3-in1 Bathroom Spray – Sodium metasilicate
- Kaboom Scrub Free – Dimethlyhydantoin
- Kaboom Shower Guard – Acrylic copolymer
- Kaboom Shower, Tub & Tile Bathroom Cleaner Heavy Duty – Sulfamic Acid
- Kaboom Shower, Tub, and Tile Bathroom Cleaner – sanitizer – Hydrogen peroxide
These different cleaning agents have multiple cleaning power against molds, mildew, and grimes pooling on many surfaces. They all have different cleaning mechanisms as their molecules bind with the deep-seated dirt and soap scum for easy removal.
Will Kaboom Stain Clothes and Other Fabrics?
No, Kaboom products except the bleach-based cleaner are not harmful to clothes and fabric. Kaboom stain remover may remove oil and grease stains in the fabric. However, they may not be as effective as laundry detergent when washing clothes.
Where Not to Use Kaboom?
Kaboom is a versatile product that works on many surfaces, not just the bathroom. However, they are incompatible with frosted glass, natural stone, aluminum, glazed and reglazed surfaces, and terra cotta. Always read and follow the label to avoid ruining your home with unsightly cleaner marks. To be safe, spot test in a discreet portion to evaluate the product reaction.
It should not also be used in eating utensils like glassware, flatware, and cookware since Kaboom is not a food-grade cleaner.
Is Kaboom Toxic?
Kaboom cleaners are mild irritants that can cause respiratory trouble and skin allergies. They are also harmful when swallowed or inhaled. So, it is best to always work with gloves and eye protection when using Kaboom. Ventilate the area and wash your hands thoroughly after cleaning.
What to Do If You Ingest or Inhale Kaboom?
Generally, do not give anything to an unconscious person and quickly remove him into the open air. If vapor is inhaled, and the patient shows breathing difficulty, obtain medical attention immediately.
Rinse the mouth if the patient swallowed Kaboom, but do not induce vomiting. Call for medical assistance and show the label to the attending provider.
If Kaboom gets into the eyes, remove any contact lenses, if any. Rinse the eyes thoroughly with water for at least 5 minutes, then seek medical advice if irritation occurs.
In case of skin contact, remove the contaminated clothing and drench the affected area in water for at least 5 minutes. You should also seek medical advice if skin irritation occurs and the symptom gets worse.
Kaboom Cleaners pride themselves on stress-free cleaning and color-changing mechanisms to let you know that the surface is already clean. It has a simple spray, wipe, and go process, but does not compromise the cleaning power. Kaboom manufactures only one product with bleach, the Mold and Mildew Stain Remover. Most of the variants are safe on colored and porous surfaces. However, it is still imperative to perform a spot test for the product’s compatibility with the surface area of concern.
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