Bleach is powerful – it whitens and disinfects, but can also cause damage & harm. As a solution of sodium hypochlorite, bleach will definitely get out your toughest stains. It’s no surprise that it must be used properly and with care. Here are some common mistakes that are made when using bleach.
Using bleach on the wrong surfaces
Bleach is not meant to be used on wood, stainless steel (and other metals), granite, and stone. When used on wood, it can leave stains and raise the grain of the timber. Bleach is also corrosive when used on certain metals. Whether you have timber floors or granite countertops, natural cleaning products are the way to go.
Mixing bleach with other chemicals
The only mixer you should be adding to your bleach is water to dilute its potency. Mixing bleach with other chemicals or products can be even more toxic than bleach alone. For example, lemon juice and vinegar can create poisonous gases when mixed with it.
Not checking the laundry label
Not all garments can be washed with bleach so it’s advisable to read the label of your garment before washing. If it doesn’t mention whether or not bleach can be used, test a small area on the garment and if the colour doesn’t lift, you should be in the clear to continue.
Being such a harsh chemical, if bleach isn’t necessary, check to see what natural solutions you can prepare to disinfect and remove stains. You’ll be surprised at how efficient products with vinegar and baking soda are!