CLEANING WITH BLEACH

CLEANING WITH BLEACH

Demystifying Clorox! 

This is Week Two of our Stay at Home order.  We hope everyone is continuing to stay safe and healthy. 

 Are you feeling in a rut yet?  I sometimes do, and then I remind myself, I AM NOT ALONE.  Everyone, the entire world, is going through this strange moment.  So let’s find some positive things to lift us.  I planted seeds a few weeks back.  Now my little sprouts are ready to bloom, full of pansies.  I taught my son my childhood Banana Bread and also delighted my family with a more recent discovery: Banana Pudding, made entirely from scratch (except the Vanilla wafers)!

There is a lot of talk on Clorox (Bleach) these days.  As maligned as it is by some, it is an effective, economic, and very versatile disinfectant if used the right way.

This week – Let’s use Clorox correctly!

Bleach solution (from the CDC): 

  • Mix:  5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water OR 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water.
  • Mix bleach ONLY with water, NEVER with another solution, much less other cleaning chemicals.
  • Ventilate well the area you are cleaning, open up windows and doors, let the fresh air flow.

In the kitchen: 

  • A Clorox solution is perfect for countertops, sinks, tiles, floors, your refrigerator, stainless steel appliances, and other hard, non-porous surfaces.
  • For disinfecting trash cans, make a stronger solution of ½ cup bleach to ¾ gallon water
  • For travel mugs, dip 2 min. in a solution of 2 teaspoons bleach to one gallon water.

In the bathroom:  

  • From floor to ceiling, bleach is the perfect bacteria fighter in the bathroom.
  • Rid and prevent mold and mildew on bath tiles with ¾ cup bleach to 1 gallon water.  Spray heavily, let sit 10 min, then rinse off with warm water.
  • Wash your plastic shower curtain or liner in 2/3 cup bleach plus detergent to get rid of and prevent mildew.
  • Soak plastic bath toys 5 min. in ½ cup bleach to one gallon water, then rinse thoroughly with water.

In the patio: 

  • Bleach is also great outside, especially now that we are spending more time than ever in our back yards.
  • Clean plastic patio furniture with ¾ cup bleach to 1 gallon water.  Spray, let sit 10 min, then rinse off with warm water.
  • Prevent passing on mold growing inside old planters to new plants by spraying them with ½ cup bleach to 1 gallon of water.  Let solution sit 5 minutes, then rinse off and air dry.

 Continue staying safe and healthy.

Ingrid & the Mint Cleaning Team

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