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All The Brands And Companies That Used To Be Known By A Different Name

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Cleaning products don’t exactly have exciting names. But we can all agree that Clorox > The Electro-Alkaline Company.

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Listen, as long as they actually work and clean as advertised, we doubt most people give a rat’s butt what their cleaning products are called. When The Electro-Alkaline Company was founded in 1913, its product was initially intended to be used as an industrial cleaner. But once early investor Annie Murray discovered that a less-concentrated version could be marketed and sold for use as a household cleaner, the company switched gears. As it grew in popularity, people starting referring to it as Clorox, which was a mashup of the two main ingredients (chlorine and sodium hydroxide). Eventually the company caught wind of the nickname, and changed its name to Clorox in 1922.

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