Commenting on my last bleach-related posting reader Erin A. wanted to know if bleach had more uses in a zombie pandemic than just for water purification. Particularly, she wondered if bleach could be a weapon. After some research, the answer is a resounding – if impractical – yes.
The explanation comes in two parts:
1) Bleach for Blindness
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, prolonged exposure to bleach in the ocular cavity can cause permanent blindness. This is an important fact because: a) it is commonly theorized that Zombies use sight to find their victims, and b) Zombies are thought to have no defensive reflex, so would not attempt to remove harmful substances from their bodies. Therefore, throwing bleach into a Zombie’s face and eyes could render it blind in short order.
2) Bleach as Bomb
Simply put, the key explosive ingredient in many grenades, land mines and mortar rounds is also found in common household bleach in small amounts. So, if you have time on your hands, and a collection of unusual materials (potassium chlorate, heat source, hydrometer, etc.), you can cook up your own batch of plastic explosives to blow unlucky Zombies from here to kingdom come. Detailed directions can be found HERE.
Ultimately, it makes a lot more sense to save your bleach for drinking. zombies come in numbers, and a few gallons of bleach probably isn’t going to cause enough damage to make the difference between life and death. But if you’re trapped inside a bleach factory and short on firepower, it’s nice to know you have options.
Hope this helps, Erin. Keep the questions coming!