Wednesday, 14 May 2014 00:00

Working with Chlorine Bleach


gs-1792039-detergent-bottle-040214-1672Chlorine bleach is used a lot in the home for many different purposes. It cleans things. It disinfects things. It kills mold and mildew on things. Bleach is very useful, but it is also very dangerous. You must use with caution, especially if you have any children or pets in the household. Housekeeping services performed by The Maids are completed using only environmentally-friendly products that still work the same or better than bleach would. But that is because our services are designed to provide results in a safe way and to give you a safer environment when we leave your home.


Bleach Uses

Bleach is pretty universal and is even an ingredient in many cleaners today. There are many uses and it serves many purposes. Bleach can be used to clean and sanitize:

  • Floor surfaces
  • Countertops
  • Tubs, showers, toilets, and sinks
  • House siding
  • Children toys
  • Trash cans
  • White sock, towels, rags, and other linens
  • Shower liners
  • Rubber mats
  • And a whole lot more.

Depending on what you are cleaning and sanitizing, the mixture of water, bleach, and other ingredients will vary.


Disadvantages of Chlorine Bleach

Chlorine bleach can be very useful, but it does carry many disadvantages too. First, you must be careful not to let it come in contact with ammonia, acidic chemicals, or other household cleaners. This can lead to a chemical reaction where it could develop harmful gases and vapors or simply cause an explosive reaction. Aside from that, you need to be sure not to let it touch stainless steel. It will corrode rapidly and could actually burn a hole right through it. In addition, chlorine bleach likes to fade colored fabrics. When using it you must be cautious and try to avoid splashes or spills. That can turn into a real nightmare. Lastly, bleach expires. The longer it sits on your home, the less strength it has. After about 6 months, it loses about 20% of its strength.