Origins: One common way to avoid punishment for breaking the law is by not breaking the law in the first place. Another oft-employed technique is concealing evidence of the crime from law enforcement authorities
In 2007, a juvenile defendant in Baldwin County, Alabama, passed out after a court hearing, and he told the paramedics who treated him that he had drunk bleach earlier in the week in the belief that it would help him beat an upcoming drug test. Whether or not the youthful offender was being truthful about having resorted to such an extreme measure, the rumor that drinking bleach can defeat drug testing is now out there, apparently having sprung from a mistaken assumption that ingesting bleach will "cleanse" one's urine just as effectively as putting bleach into a washing machine will clean one's clothes.
However, as Major Anthony Lowery of the Baldwin County Sheriff's Department noted, the "bleach" method doesn't work:
But Lowery warns that it's not true.
"One kid tells one thing, and by the time it gets to the whole school, I think maybe they thought they could pour the bleach in their urine, then it went from that to possibly drinking it. Neither works."
A: No. We're not sure how this rumor started. Clorox Liquid Bleach does not mask the presence of drugs in urine. Clorox Liquid Bleach is not meant to be ingested. If it is accidentally swallowed, follow the instructions on the product label, which indicate to call the poison control center or a doctor for treatment.
Last updated: 1 July 2011
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