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Bleach is the go-to cleaning product in many homes, and it is recognized for its powerful disinfecting properties. While some people clean with straight or diluted bleach, others choose store-bought cleaners that have bleach in them.


Bleach is effective at cleaning some surfaces, but it can damage others. What should you know about cleaning with bleach for your next housecleaning session?

What Is Bleach Made Out Of?


Bleach is a chemical product that is commonly used to disinfect surfaces and to whiten fibers and fabrics. When people talk about bleach, they often refer to sodium hypochlorite, which is liquid bleach. Because of this composition and bleach’s use as a bactericide, it is used to clean swimming pools and sterilize important areas and surfaces. It also kills weeds, bleaches pulp in commercial processes and removes mildew.


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Is Bleach Same as Chlorine? Bleach contains chlorine. In fact, chlorine is the active oxidizing agent in bleach. Keep in mind that chlorine gas is toxic. Because of this, bleach includes a compound of chlorine rather than straight chlorine.


How to Use Bleach Around Your Home


The bleach that you purchase in a jug at the store is highly concentrated. As a result, it can irritate the eyes, skin and respiratory system. To minimize these concerns, always dilute bleach with water. In addition, clean in a well-ventilated area, and always wear gloves.





Bleach is used to whiten and sanitize laundry. Add a third cup bleach to a load in a high-efficiency machine or two-thirds cup to a standard washing machine. Ensure that each item in the laundry is bleach-safe to avoid damaging your items.




Combine a gallon of water with a half cup of bleach. Pour some of this mixture in a spray bottle, but keep some in a bucket to clean the floor. You can spray the bleach solution on non-stainless-steel appliances, the interior of the fridge, some types of countertops, tile backsplashes and sinks. Avoid using bleach on porous and metal surfaces.




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Bleach’s disinfectant properties make it well-suited for cleaning toilets and killing mildew on tubs and in showers. Using your spray solution, you can also clean the floor tiles and sinks. If your plastic shower curtain liner has mildew on it, you can take it down and toss it in the washing machine. Add a third cup of bleach to the load to kill the bleach. Do not put the plastic liner in the dryer. Instead, hang it up in the bathroom, and let it air dry.




The patio is prone to mildew, bird droppings and other unpleasant and unhealthy messes. To clean plastic patio furniture, combine a gallon of bleach with three-quarters cup of bleach. Wipe the furniture with the diluted bleach. Then, wait approximately 10 minutes before hosing the furniture off with the garden hose. Keep in mind that bleach can kill plants. Avoid cleaning your furniture near plants.


Are There Natural Alternatives to Bleach?


While bleach is an effective whitening and disinfectant agent, it isn’t perfect. It’s toxic to plants and animals, and it makes soil toxic. It’s also dangerous to have around children and pets. A safer option is non-chlorine bleach. You can also use baking soda as a whitening agent and vinegar as a disinfectant.


Dos and Don’ts of Cleaning with Bleach



  • Do keep bleach and bleach cleaning products away from children and pets.
  • Do replace the bleach regularly as it breaks down over time.
  • Do dilute the bleach with water before cleaning.
  • Do wear gloves when cleaning with bleach.
  • Do read clothing labels before adding bleach to the washing machine.



  • Don’t mix bleach with vinegar or ammonia. A chemical reaction will occur that produces chloroform or chloramine gases. Inhaling these gases can be fatal.
  • Don’t expose bleach to warm temperatures or light.
  • Don’t use bleach on metal surfaces, including copper and stainless steel. It is also not safe to use on wood, stone and other porous surfaces.




What Is the Ratio of Bleach to Water for Cleaning?


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An effective ratio is four teaspoons of bleach to a quart of water. You can also combine a third cup of bleach to a gallon of water. Do not use undiluted bleach for cleaning.


Do You Need to Rinse After Cleaning with Bleach?


After cleaning with bleach, rinse the area thoroughly with clean water. Then, allow it to air dry.


Does Bleach Go Away When Dry?


When bleach dries, it leaves behind a residue. This residue is just as harmful as liquid bleach. Because of this, you should rinse bleach off of surfaces with fresh water after cleaning with it.


Is Bleach the Strongest Cleaner?


While bleach is a strong cleaning product, acid-based products are stronger. These include ammonia, hydrogen peroxide and others. However, the best product to use depends on the areas that you need to clean.


How Toxic Is Bleach to Humans? Bleach produces a toxic and fatal chlorine gas when it mixes with ammonia and vinegar. It can also increase the amount of chloroform in the air. Eye, skin and respiratory irritation are common problems. In case of accidental ingestion, inhalation, or contact with bleach, seek medical attention immediately and contact Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222 or 911. 


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