How to Use Bleach Properly

The heavy scent of bleach in the air must mean that something is really clean, right? Not necessarily. Bleach may be great for a lot of things, but cleaning is, technically, not one of them. Should you try cleaning with bleach, and can bleach have other benefits in your home?

First, bleach is a disinfectant, not a cleaner. Bleach does a fantastic job of killing germs; it removes tough stains and whitens clothing.

Bleach doesn’t really clean dirt and residue from surfaces. To do that, you’d need to scrub and rinse the surfaces first, and then apply a bleach solution.

Most of us smell bleach and think that it is cleaning a surface, but really, it is probably being used to disinfect the surface instead. For example, many people use bleach in their bathrooms to wipe down their toilets and bathtubs. Those are areas that are prone to germs. If there was a stain on a sink, the bleach may not remove it but it would kill any germs on the surface.

For many household cleaning jobs, bleach just isn’t the right cleaning solution. It has heavy fumes that can make you sick. Contact with bleach on your skin is irritating and can be very harmful. Mixing it with many other cleaners can produce toxic results. Bleach can also damage surfaces and remove color.

Bleach is a good disinfectant and stain remover but not a great general cleanser.