Chlorine dioxide is a gas. It is commonly used to disinfect drinking water. When used in very small quantities to disinfect water, it is safe and does not lead to health risks. But chlorine dioxide is a disinfectant similar to bleach. When used in large quantities, it can be dangerous.

Be careful not to purchase chlorine dioxide supplement products. These products often list another ingredient on the label called sodium chlorite. The user is instructed to mix sodium chlorite with citric acid, which makes chlorine dioxide. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned consumers not to use these products due to the risk for serious safety issues and death. These products are often marketed under names like Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS), Master Mineral Solution, and Miracle Mineral Supplement.

Some people use diluted solutions of chlorine dioxide for bad breath, tooth plaque, and wound healing, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

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Chlorine dioxide is a disinfectant that kills bacteria, viruses, and fungi. But at high doses, it can damage red blood cells and the lining of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

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