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Denise Garner
Most Creative People 2017

Denise Garner

Chief Innovation Officer

For concocting a better bleach

The Problem: More than 75,000 Americans died in 2014 from health care–associated infections, many caused by the resilient bacterium C. difficile. Bleach is effective, but workers at hospitals and nursing homes find it hard to use.

The Epiphany: Denise Garner and her team decided to tackle two issues: irritation (caused by bleach’s odor) and extra work (it must be rinsed from many surfaces to avoid damage).

The Execution: The team used a neutralizing agent that breaks down bleach shortly after it is applied. A dual chamber and special nozzle separate bleach and neutralizer until the bottle’s trigger is pulled; two minutes later, the mixture dissolves into salt and water.

The Result: Clorox’s new bleach product, Fuzion, began shipping in fall 2016. Since then, 100 health care centers have purchased it. “Fuzion allows facilities to use the power of bleach to keep people safe,” says Garner.

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