Are you making this common mistake when cleaning with bleach?

How to use bleach (properly) to disinfect your home
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  • Bleach is a must-have in all households as an effective disinfectant. However, when it comes to how to use bleach, there are three common mistakes we’re all making.

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    Used correctly this powerful cleaning product can stave off germs and viruses. But, these easy mistakes can make all the difference when it comes to disinfecting your home.

    How to use bleach

    Here are the three ways you could be using it wrong, and what you should do to avoid these mistakes.

    Always dilute with water

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    Bleach should always be diluted before disinfecting any surfaces. According to the Scripps Research Institute, bleach is more effective at killing germs when diluted.

    So always follow the dilution instructions on the back of a bottle before using. When disinfecting a surface with bleach, give the diluted product about 1 minute contact time before wiping down with a damp cloth.

    Don’t apply with a spray bottle

    Pouring your diluted solution in a spray bottle is a big no-no. The bleach can react with the metal parts of the spray nozzle and causing rusting. This can reduce how effective your cleaner is.

    The best way to use a home-diluted bleach solution is with a cloth while wearing gloves. Saturated the cloth with the mixture, so that any surface you wipe is visibly wet for at least one minute after being wiped down.

    However, always makes sure you wipe the surface down with water and leave to dry completely after disinfecting.

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    Don’t pre-dilute

    Bleach should always be diluted right before you need to use it. It’s at it’s most unstable when it is diluted, so leaving it in his state for too long will reduce its effectiveness.

    ‘Diluted bleach can degrade due to temperature, light or contamination, causing the active ingredient to break down into salt and water,’ explains Jessica Ek, director of digital communications at the American Cleaning Institute. ‘If you want to use it for disinfecting, you should use a freshly mixed solution.’

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    When it comes to disinfecting against viruses soap and water equally effective. However, if you choose to use bleach to clean your home, make sure you always wear gloves and dilute it first.

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