Ways to Use Hygiene Bleach in Your Home
From keeping your toilet hygienically clean to getting those pesky stains out of clothing, bleach is a wonderfully versatile household cleaner that can do just about anything. But it is a chemical after all and safety when using it is important.
Here’s more on how to safely use household bleach at home as well as the top five uses for cleaning your house with bleach:
How to Safely Use Hygiene Bleach
When it comes to using a strong chemical product like bleach, implementing simple safety procedures can mean the difference between a sparkling home and an injured person. Follow these easy-to-remember safety tips when working with bleach for home use;
Always keep the area you’re working in, well-ventilated. Open the doors and windows of the room you’re in – like the bathroom or kitchen – to allow the space to air and any fumes to dissipate quickly.
Never mix other chemicals with bleach. Don’t be tempted to pump up your bleach by adding anything to it.
Always wear cleaning gloves when working with bleach. Even when you dilute bleach, it can still have a strong reaction when in contact with skin. Whether you’re cleaning the floors or the toilet, be sure to wear gloves while you do it.
If you’re going to dilute bleach with water, make sure you pour bleach into the water first and not the other way around.
When storing your bleach products, keep them out of reach of children by storing them in a locked cupboard or an out-of-reach one.
Your Cleaning Checklist
Now that you’re aware of how to work with bleach safely, here is a list of the best bleach uses at home – after all, bleach should be a staple of any household cleaning regime.
What’s most important to you when it comes to cleaning?
For Toilet/Sink/ Bath/Shower Cleaning:
For cleaning high-use areas like bathrooms – most especially toilets and sinks, bleach is an essential cleaning agent to use.
For areas like the toilet, toilet bowl, sink, and bath or shower floor, pour bleach directly onto the area neat and leave for 10 – 15 minutes. This will give the germ-killing molecules in the bleach time to work their magic. Simply rinse the area well after that for best results. Bleach can also be poured neat onto high-use areas in the kitchen, like sinks and drains.
For floor and Surface Cleaning:
For floor and surface cleaning, you’ll be able to use bleach that has been diluted for best results. Mix bleach in a bucket of warm water and use a clean, soft sponge or cloth to wipe down the surfaces and floors that need a good clean.
Always follow the usage instructions on the back of the product you choose to work with for mixing amounts. We recommend trying Surf’s new range of Total Hygiene Bleach in either ‘Lemon’ or ‘Lavender’ scents for great results.
Want to get rid of a tough stain on light clothing or make your whites look whiter? Use bleach. Dilute bleach into cold water (again, follow the directions for amounts on the back of the packaging) and soak the garment in the diluted bleach water for 15 – 30 minutes, depending on the stain. Pop the clothes into the washing machine and wash as normal.
Frequently Asked Questions on Hygiene Bleach
1. Is bleach safe to use at home?
Bleach is safe to use at home, as long as you follow our safety tips above. Always keep the area you’re cleaning well-ventilated, use protective gloves, never add anything to your bleach and always store bleach safely after use.
2. Do you need to rinse surfaces after cleaning with bleach?
When working with diluted bleach for floor or surface cleaning, it’s not necessary to rinse afterwards. If you are pouring the bleach directly onto a surface like a toilet bowl or shower floor, then you’ll need to give it a rinse after scrubbing.
3. Is cleaning with bleach safe?
It is absolutely safe, as long as you follow safety tips for usage that we’ve described above. Also, bleach should never be ingested. If it is, call for medical help immediately.
4. How do I disinfect my kitchen with bleach?
Using a good product like Surf will allow you to safely and easily disinfect your kitchen. For surfaces and floors, be sure to dilute the bleach first in a bucket of warm water before using. For high-use areas that need a little extra disinfecting like sinks and drains, pour the bleach in directly and rinse off well after that.
5. How long should you let bleach sit on a surface?
10 – 15 minutes is the recommended amount of time that you should leave bleach sitting on a surface. This is more than enough time for the product to kill any germs or bacteria it comes into contact with.