Bleach is a very common and powerful household cleaner. Being so powerful you’ll want to know some do’s and don’t of working with it.
- NEVER mix bleach and ammonia (or any other household cleaner). We have another article on our website specifically about this if you want to check it out. Just know that it creates a poisonous gas that can be fatal if inhaled.
- When using bleach make sure the area is well ventilated. Open windows in the area and use a fan to move the air and properly ventilate your work space.
- Wear a safety mask. This helps keep you from breathing the unpleasant and potentially hazardous fumes from the bleach.
- Wear rubber gloves. Bleach can irritate your skin and cause problems.
- Avoid any spills. Bleach is used to keep clothes white. If it spills onto carpets or other fabrics it will leave spots.
- Wear clothes you don’t care if they get damaged. You’re probably going to get a drop or two of bleach on you while cleaning. Make sure you’re okay with what you are wearing getting some bleach spots on it.
- Don’t use bleach on stainless steel. Bleach is corrosive and can damage stainless steel very quickly causing it to rust. Just don’t do it.
- Dilute your bleach. You probably don’t need the full power of bleach in every situation. Adding water to dilute the bleach will make it less hazardous to work with and still get the job done.
- Try less powerful alternatives to bleach. Sometimes bleach might just be overkill for the job at hand. There are many other cleaning alternatives to bleach that can work on smaller jobs.
- Clean and rinse after use. If you put bleach into a bucket, make sure to clean and rinse the bucket afterwards. You don’t want to leave any residual bleach on your cleaning items afterwards.
These are just a few tips you can use when working with bleach. Bleach can be a great tool if used properly, and that’s the key, every tool has it’s use.