Use bleach the safe and right way

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BLEACH should al­ways be di­luted with wa­ter be­fore use, to pre­vent per­ma­nent dam­age to fur­nish­ings, sur­faces and your own health.

Most home own­ers do not bother with pre­cise ra­tios and mea­sure­ments when it comes to di­lut­ing bleach in wa­ter for gen­eral clean­ing.

Experienced house­keep­ers gauge an amount, tip­ping in a quar­ter of a cup or so into a big pail of wa­ter.

How­ever, rec­om­mended ra­tios ac­tu­ally vary ac­cord­ing to the pur­pose of the so­lu­tion.

If the so­lu­tion is meant for dis­in­fect­ing, the ra­tio of wa­ter to bleach is lower (some sources rec­om­mend 10 parts of wa­ter to one part of bleach); if it is for gen­eral clean­ing, the ra­tio of wa­ter to bleach is higher (some sources go as high as 68:1).

To lighten white clothes in the laun­dry, use the bleach dis­tri­bu­tion fea­ture in your wash­ing ma­chine and fol­low the man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions.

If you have no spe­cific man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions avail­able, or if your ma­chine has no bleach dis­tri­bu­tion fea­ture, fill the ma­chine with wa­ter first, add one cup of chlo­rine bleach for a full load of white cloth­ing, mix the so­lu­tion well, then add the clothes.

Never pour the bleach di­rectly into a ma­chine that al­ready has clothes in it, un­less you want un­even patches over your gar­ments and linen.

For coloured cloth­ing, never use chlo­rine bleach. In­stead, use prod­ucts based on oxy­genated bleach, which is safe to use on coloured fab­rics.

For clean­ing and dis­in­fect­ing of toi­lets, tip half a cup of bleach into the toi­let bowl, let it sit for about 15 min­utes, then scrub well with the toi­let brush and flush it all away.

The wa­ter in­side the toi­let bowl di­lutes the bleach, so in this case, there is no need to pre-di­lute it be­fore us­ing. — The Straits Times / Asia News Net­work

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