How to Safely Disinfect with Bleach?

Keeping the home clean and sanitized is very important for any family. It not only keeps the environment of your living space clean and refreshing but also helps in promoting healthy living conditions. However, before you use any sort of disinfectant, thoroughly cleaning your house is very essential. For sanitization, Household Chlorine Bleach remains a powerful disinfectant because it is easy to obtain, affordable, and strong enough to kill dangerous germs.

Caution when Handling Bleach Cleaning Procedures.

  • First of all, Bleach is a disinfecting agent not a cleaning agent. Meaning that bleach should always be applied to a surface after you’ve cleaned it thoroughly.
  • The application of bleach releases heavy fumes that can make you sick, if not used with proper dilution methods.
  • Direct Contact with bleach can be very harmful to your skin and may result in rashes or irritation.
  • Mixing bleach with other cleaning agents or chemicals can produce toxic results especially with Acidic compounds, Ammonia, and Alcohol.
  • Bleach can also damage the surfaces and might remove color or cause it to fade.
  • Ingesting bleach can cause fatal consequences. Thus, keep it out of reach of the children.

How to Make a Bleach Solution?

When making a bleach solution, it’s always recommended to either go outside your home i.e. under clear skies or find a well-ventilated room inside. Furthermore, wear clothes and shoes you don’t mind bleaching in case of a spill; pin back your hair and wear the rubber gloves for added safety.

Things you’ll need.

  1. A quart-sized plastic spray bottle.
  2. Measuring cup.
  3. Protective gear.
  4. Household bleach, purchased from any supermarket.
  5. Water.
  6. A plastic bucket.

For general use; 240 milliliters of bleach for every 5 gallons i.e. 18.9 liters of water.
For decontamination/sterilization; With 1:10 ratio. In other words, 1-part bleach for every 9-parts water.


Carefully pour the bleach into the spray bottle or bucket first and then add the water. Yet, it’s recommended to consult the manufacturer’s data for proper dilution methods. Chlorine bleach solution also begins to lose its disinfectant power quickly when exposed to heat, sunlight, and evaporation. Therefore, prepare the fresh soliton only when you need it.

Disinfecting with Bleach; How to perform it safely?

  1. First of all, clean the surface to be disinfected using appropriate cleaning methods. Effective disinfection can only work when the surface is free of all the dirt and grime build-up. Hence, use detergent and water to clean a surface, and then use bleach and water to disinfect it
  2. Wear protective equipment i.e. rubber gloves, protective glasses, masks, and clothes that you don’t mind bleach spilling on.
  3. Apply/spray freshly prepared bleach solution to the required area and let air-dry i.e. no need for rinsing.

You can always hire a professional cleaning and disinfecting service from the professionals of NYC Disinfection Services for guaranteed safety, reliability, and ease.