Ways We Use Bleach Wrong

February 11, 2019

Over the weekend there's a good chance you used bleach in cleaning around the house. While noting smells quite as clean as bleach there may be times you are using it incorrectly. In fact it shouldn’t consider it an "all-purpose" cleaner because it can damage certain clothing items, surfaces and could be dangerous for you and your children. Did you know that you shouldn't use bleach to clean wood? While bleach is a good option in killing germs in the bathroom, it is not effective at removing and killing mold on wood or wood-based materials such as wallboard, ceiling tiles, wall studs, fabric, and paper products. Basically anything porous. Bleach should not be used to clean most metal objects. Bleach contains ingredients that serve as oxidants during the cleaning process, which can damage items such as stainless steel. Unless you find a bleach-based cleanser specifically indicated for metals (which means the bleach has been passivated) avoid using it on metal surfaces like stainless steel appliances, pots and pans, and cutlery. Don't use bleach on granite countertops. Stone surfaces are porous and we know bleach is not effective in cleaning those type surfaces and can actually damage your expensive countertops. The only exception would be if you have a set-in stain, like red wine, it might be worth tackling it with a little amount bleach to see if you can lift it. Finally bleach should not be used to clean or sanitize food. With all the recalls for listeria and salmonella, you may think bleach is the key to making sure your food is free of germs. The problem is that even though bleach is used commercially to sanitize foods, the formula for the layperson to get the mixture just right is rather difficult. The best defense against germs in your food is to cook and store it properly or, in the case of fresh produce, to rinse it under cold water for a minute or two.

SOURCE: Apartment Therapy 

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