Understanding Clorox Shelf Life and Decoding Date Codes

Bleach inventoryDid you know that many Clorox products are labeled with a manufactured date? Did you also know that this date corresponds to a specific Clorox Shelf Life for each product? This is intended to ensure the integrity of the product, in relation to both efficacy and performance.

To maintain efficacy, inventory must be properly rotated (FIFO) to avoid any potential issues with expired product, as typically there are no returns on these products.

Included below is a list of Clorox SKUs with their maximum shelf life, which should be used to monitor Clorox inventory. You can also view and download the guide as a PDF to share with customers here.

Why does bleach expire?

Well, according to the Clorox website:

“When Clorox® Regular-Bleach is stored between 50°F and 70F° and away from sunlight, it will maintain label strength of the sodium hypochlorite active for up to 6 months (at this point hospitals should replace it).  After 6 months it starts breaking down into salt and water, but it will still work well for the home consumer up to a year.  Since it’s always diluted before use, you can just use a little more.  Beyond a year, it should be replaced because the rate of decomposition into salt and water speeds up, which is a big part of why it’s environmentally friendly.”

Decoding Clorox Date Code Stamps

“The best way to identify the age of a bottle is to use the production code stamped on the neck of the bottle, which typically looks like this:

A8116010clorox shelf life

5813-CA3

The top line provides the information on when it was produced, which would be A8-1-160-10 (if you added dashes).  You only need the first 6 digits and you read it from left to right as follows:

Plant Number—Last digit of year made—Day of the year made

A8                              1                                   160

The bleach in this example was made in 2011 on June 9th, the 160th day of the year.”

Please note the specific Clorox shelf life descriptions below, and make sure to share this information with your customers to avoid any potentially costly issues with out-dated or less effective products.

To view this and other sell sheets and materials for Clorox Commercial Products, visit our Clorox Literature page.

 

Clorox Shelf Life Descriptions

Item #
Pack Size Product Description Current Clorox Shelf Life (From Date of Mftr) Expiration Date
Printed on Eaches?
Previous Product Name
35309 6/70ct Clorox Healthcare
Bleach Germicidal Wipes  6/70ct
14 months Y Clorox Germicidal Wipes Commercial Solutions 6/70ct
30358 2/110ct Clorox Healthcare
Bleach Germicidal Wipes 2/110ct
12 months Y Clorox Germicidal Wipes Commercial Solutions 2/110ct
30359 2/110ct Clorox Healthcare
Bleach Germicidal Wipes  Refill 2/110ct
12 months Y Clorox Germicidal Wipes Commercial Solutions Refill 2/110ct
30577 6/150ct Clorox Healthcare
Bleach Germicidal Wipes 6/150ct
12 months Y Clorox Germicidal Wipes Commercial Solutions 6/150ct
69101 6/50ct Dispatch Hospital Cleaner Disinfectant Towels w/Bleach 6/50ct 12 months Y
69150 8/150ct Dispatch Hospital Cleaner Disinfectant Towels w/Bleach 8/150ct 10 months Y
69240 24/40ct Dispatch Hospital Cleaner Disinfectant Towels w/Bleach 24/40ct 15 months Y
69260 12/60ct Dispatch Hospital Cleaner Disinfectant Towels w/Bleach 12/60ct 15 months Y
68832 6/32oz Clorox Healthcare Bleach Germicidal Cleaner Pull-Top 6/32fo 18 months Y Dispatch Hospital Cleaner Disinfectant w/Bleach 6/32fo
68967 8/22oz Clorox Healthcare Bleach Germicidal Cleaner Spray 8/22fo 18 months Y Dispatch Hospital Cleaner Disinfectant Spray w/Bleach 8/22fo
68970 6/32oz Clorox Healthcare Bleach Germicidal Cleaner Spray 6/32fo 18 months Y Dispatch Hospital Cleaner Disinfectant Spray w/Bleach 6/32fo
68973 6/64oz Clorox Healthcare Bleach Germicidal Cleaner Refill  6/64fo 18 months Y Dispatch Hospital Cleaner Disinfectant Refill w/Bleach 6/64fo
68978 4/128oz Clorox Healthcare Bleach Germicidal Cleaner  Refill 4/128fo 18 months Y Dispatch Hospital Cleaner Disinfectant Refill w/Bleach 4/128fo
02174 24/2oz Clorox Commercial Solutions Hand Sanitizing Spray 24/2fo 24 months Y Clorox Anywhere Commercial Solutions Hand Sanitizing Spray 24/2fo
02176 12/500ml Clorox Commercial Solutions Hand Sanitizing Spray 12/500ml 24 months Y Clorox Anywhere Commercial Solutions Hand Sanitizing Spray 12/500ml
01753 6/1000ml Clorox Commercial Solutions Hand Sanitizing Spray/Refill6/1000ml 24 months unknown Clorox Anywhere Commercial Solutions Hand Sanitizing Spray/Refill6/1000ml
30243 4/1000ml Clorox Commercial Solutions Hand Sanitizer Touchless Refill 4/1000mL 24 months unknown
49100 12/14oz Clorox Healthcare Citrace Hospital Disinfectant and Sanitizer 12/14fo 18 months Y Citrace Hospital Germicide Aerosol 12/14fo
31043 12/14oz Clorox Commercial Solutions Clorox 4 in One Disinfectant and Sanitizer 12/14fo 18 months Y Citrace Hospital Germicide Aerosol 12/14fo
30828 9/32oz Clorox Healthcare Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant 9/32fo 24 months Y
30829 4/128oz Clorox Healthcare Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant 4/128fo 24 months Y
30824 6/95ct Clorox Healthcare Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes 6/95ct 24 months Y
30825 6/155ct Clorox Healthcare Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes 6/155ct 24 months Y
30826 2/185ct Clorox Healthcare Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes 2/185ct 24 months Y
30827 2/185ct Clorox Healthcare Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes Refill 2/185ct 24 months Y
30830 6/110ct Clorox Commercial Solutions Hydrogen Peroxide Disinfecting Wipes 6/110ct 24 months Y
30831 2/800ct Clorox Commercial Solutions Hydrogen Peroxide Disinfecting Wipes Refill 2/800ct 24 months Y
30832 9/32oz Clorox Commercial Solutions Hydrogen Peroxide Disinfecting Cleaner 9/32fo 24 months Y
30833 4/128oz Clorox Commercial Solutions Hydrogen Peroxide Disinfecting Cleaner 4/128fo 24 months Y
38504 12/19oz Clorox Commercial Solutions Disinfecting Spray 12/19oz 24 months N Clorox Disinfecting Spray Fresh Scent 12/19oz
30649 9/32oz Clorox Broad Spectrum Quaternary Disinfectant Cleaner Spray 9/32fo 60 months N
30651 4/128oz Clorox Broad Spectrum Quaternary Disinfectant Cleaner Refill 4/128fo 60 months N
15948 6/75ct Clorox Commercial Solutions
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes LmnFr 6/75 ct
12 months N
15949 6/75ct Clorox Commercial Solutions
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Fr Scnt 6/75 ct
12 months N
30220 2/500ct Clorox Commercial Solutions
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Disp Ref FrScnt 2/500 ct
12 months N
4/128oz Clorox Pro Quat All Purpose Cleaner 4/128fo 12 months N
30966 3/121oz Clorox Commercial Solutions
Clorox Germicidal Bleach
12 months N
31009 8/64oz Clorox Commercial Solutions
Clorox Germicidal Bleach
12 months N
1698 12/32oz Clorox Anywhere Commercial Solutions Hard Surface Sanitizing Spray 12/32fo 12 months N
1683 9/22oz Clorox Anywhere Hard Surface Daily Sanitizing Spray 9/22fo 12 months N
35420 4/128oz Clorox Clean-Up Commercial Solutions Disinfectant Refill 4/128fo 12 months N
35417 9/32oz Clorox Clean-Up Commercial Solutions Disinfectant Spray 9/32fo 12 months N
35418 3/144oz Pine Sol Commercial Solutions Multi Purpose Cleaner 3/144fo 12 months N
35300 4/128oz Formula 409 Cleaner Degreaser Commercial Solutions Refill 4/128fo 12 months N
35306 12/32oz Formula 409 Cleaner Degreaser Commercial Solutions Spray 12/32fo 12 months N
35605 4/128oz Tilex Instant Mildew Remover Commercial Solutions Refill 4/128fo 12 months N
35600 9/32oz Tilex Instant Mildew Remover Commercial Solutions Spray 9/32fo 12 months N
35604 9/32oz Tilex Commercial Solutions Soap Scum Remover Spray 9/32fo 12 months N
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1 Response

  1. November 11, 2014

    thanks!!