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Thick Bleach vs Thin Bleach - What's the Difference

Are Thick Bleach And Thin Bleach The Same? Learn More Here!


Toilet illustration of how thin bleach works and how Domestos thick bleach works

What are the Differences Between Thick and Thin Bleach?

There is no difference in the chemical makeup of thick bleach and thin bleach. Both contain sodium hypochlorite which is what makes bleach. However, to win the war on germs, thick bleach has an added gelling agent that allows it to stay on surfaces for longer.

But why is this so important?

Thick Bleach vs Thin Bleach: Which is Better?

There are specific uses in the home for both thick and thin bleach cleaners.

Thin bleach has its calling in the laundry where it is best suited as a whitener and disinfectant for cloths and fabric. Thin bleach is also good for soaking toys or washing gardening pots and sanitising equipment.

You will want to use the thick bleach cleaner to disinfect surfaces. Surfaces like countertops, toilets, sinks and door handles. The gelling agents of thick bleach disinfectant will allow the bleach to cling to the surface and protect the surfaces from germs for longer.

What Germs Does Bleach Kill?

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Bacteria live within us and all around us and most are harmless. However, some bacteria cause humans to become ill and are largely found in food preparation areas. Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, and Salmonella all thrive on dirty surfaces and containers.

Keeping food preparation and cleaning areas germ-free is very important to your family’s health. Just wiping down these surfaces is not enough - the bleach needs a few minutes of contact time to really work. Domestos Thick Bleach disinfectant has unique germ-fighting properties because of its residual effect even after you have wiped down the surfaces.

Where to Use Thick Bleach?

A 2016 study on Microbial Hotspots in the Home established that the areas in your home where the bacteria count is highest are surfaces made from porcelain (shower, toilet) followed by stainless steel (door handles, appliances) and laminates (countertops, furniture).

It is recommended that these areas are cleaned once or twice a week to keep them germ-free. A thick bleach cleaner, with a formulated thickening agent, clings to surfaces making it highly effective in killing germs. Thick liquid bleach is also recommended for removing brown water stains from the toilet, bathroom, and shower.

How to Keep Your Home Germ-Free Using Thick Bleach?

A bleach-based cleaning routine kills 99.9% of household germs.

  • Daily cleaning should include soaking the dishwashing sponges and cloths in a liquid bleach solution. Use a thick bleach to scrub the sink and drain. Clean up after food spills in the kitchen. Wash your pets’ bowls.

  • Clean three times a week with thick liquid bleach, making sure to include high touch areas like door handles, chopping boards, appliances, and taps.

  • Clean the toilet surface and bowl, shower, kitchen countertops and bathroom countertops once a week with a thick bleach cleaner.

WHO Recommends Thick Bleach

From the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, leading health organisations like the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (SA) recommended using a hospital-grade sodium hypochlorite solution (thick bleach) to sanitise homes and workspaces.

This is a good time to be disinfecting and sanitising high touch areas in your home with Domestos thick bleach.

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