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Uses for Household Bleach

Uses for Household Bleach

We all know bleach is great when doing laundry to keep the whites white. But did you know that common household bleach can kill most microorganisms and viruses? Part of your stockpile should contain a gallon or two of bleach. Make sure the brand you select contains only sodium hypochlorite as its active ingredient. Don’t buy bleach with scents or softeners. Keep a supply of it on hand at all times. But remember bleach does go bad, so try and rotate it or use it every six months.

Here are some great uses for bleach:

Treat contaminated water: The best method is to boil any water you suspect to be contaminated. However, you can use bleach to kill any microbial life by first filtering it through cheesecloth or even clean t-shirt material to remove larger debris. Then add eight to ten drops of bleach to each gallon of water. Stir and let stand for at least 30 minutes before consumption.

Washing vegetables: If you have to forage for vegetables and are not sure what type of fertilizer was used to grow the vegetables (yes some people use human waste to fertilize their gardens) you can prepare the vegetable for safe consumption by first washing off the vegetables and then soak them for two minutes in a solution of one tablespoon of bleach to a gallon of water. Dry off the vegetables and eat them as you normally would. You don’t need to perform this procedure on vegetables that require you to peel to eat.

Kill airborne viruses: If you have to prepare a quarantine room in your home, you will need to ensure that anyone who enters the quarantine room is disinfected every time they exit the quarantine room. You can use a misting bottle filled with a with bleach solution to eliminate germs and viruses. Spray the solution in the air to destroy viruses. You can use this procedure in bathrooms and kitchens too. Fill the misting bottle with half bleach and half water.

Sanitize dishes: You can ensure your dishes are sanitized after you wash them by soaking your dishes in a solution of one tablespoon of bleach to one gallon of water. It only takes two to three minutes of soaking time, then you can dry and reuse. You can sanitize anything like plates, pots, utensils, cutting boards, baby bottles, bottle nipples, sipping cups, storage containers, etc.

Sanitize your toilet bowls: Pour in one cup of bleach into the bowl and let stand for 15 minutes. Brush and flush. Repeat as needed.

Clean surfaces: You can remove mold from tile grout, brick, stucco, siding and other surfaces. Fill a one gallon bucket with water and add ¾ cup of bleach per gallon of water. Use a sponge or spray bottle to apply and let sit for 15 minutes. Scrub off with brush and rinse. Wear some old cloths, if any bleach splashes on your clothes they will stain.
Disinfect garbage cans: You can disinfect garbage cans, anything really, by using a solution of ¾ cup of bleach per gallon and spray on the garbage can, inside and out. Just allow the cans to air dry.

Remove odors from ice coolers: Mix one tablespoon of bleach to a gallon of water. Wash the ice cooler with soap and water, and then apply the bleach solution to the cooler and let stand for at least five minutes. Rinse with plain water and let air dry.

There are tons of uses, feel free to send in your suggestions.

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