When tackling household cleaning chores, soap and water and a little bit of “elbow grease” are sufficient for eliminating dirt and grime found on commonly touched surfaces. However, when cleaning kitchen and bathroom surfaces, disinfectants are needed to destroy harmful cooties like E. coli, norovirus, Salmonella and Listeria, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other bacteria that can spread illness.
Disinfecting surfaces can help ensure a healthier environment for your family, but it’s important to keep safety in mind when handling disinfectant products.
One effective and inexpensive option for disinfecting surfaces is a simple solution of chlorine bleach and water. Most routine household disinfection can be done using just one teaspoon of bleach in one quart of water.
Keep in mind that mixing bleach with other cleaning products could produce hazardous gases that are harmful to you and your family. To ensure a safe and healthy home, refer to the following safety guidelines before mixing bleach:
4 Tips to Safely Mix Bleach
- Avoid mixing bleach or bleach-containing products with other cleaning products.
- Never mix bleach or products containing bleach with ammonia or acids. For example, toilet bowl cleaners, which often contain acid, should never be mixed with bleach in a bucket, toilet, or anywhere.
- Always read and follow manufacturers’ directions carefully.
- Keep it simple: When disinfecting surfaces with bleach, just add water.
1This list is not comprehensive of all the potential substances that are incompatible with chlorine bleach.
2Follow manufacturers’ directions on bleach or laundry detergent label.