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Bleach a go-to-after-the storm aid

May 30, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

After a natural disaster, water may not be safe to drink, harmful bacteria may be residing on surfaces, mold and mildew can quickly start to spread in homes and areas and mosquito populations may breed in standing water.

Clorox Bleach offers the following step-by-step instructions on how to use regular, unscented bleach (no lemon, no lavender, no color-safe nor additional-product bleach) as a simple and safe solution for water purification, bacteria removal and prevention, mold/mildew removal and mosquito breeding:

-- Disinfecting water at home:

When the boiling of water for 1 minute is not practical, you can use regular bleach, such as Clorox Regular Bleach, for emergency water disinfection at home. All water of uncertain quality should be treated before it is used for drinking, food preparation, or hygiene:

Remove suspended particles by filtering or letting particles settle to the bottom.

Pour off clear water into a clean container.

Add 8 drops regular bleach to 1 gallon of water, or add 1/8 teaspoon of the product to 1.5 gallons of water.

Allow the treated water to stand for 30 minutes. Properly treated water will have a slight chlorine odor. If not, repeat dosage and allow the water to stand an additional 15 minutes.

-- Kill bacteria at home

To help kill bacteria, such as E.coli, at home, you can use regular bleach on hard non-porous surfaces:

Disinfect all surfaces with a solution of 1/2 cup of regular bleach diluted in 1 gallon of water.

Let the solution stay on the surface for at least 5 minutes before rinsing with clear water or allowing to dry.

-- Removing mold and mildew at home:

To remove mold and mildew at home, you can use regular bleach on hard non-porous surfaces and items:

Disinfect all cleaned surfaces with a solution of 3/4 cup of regular bleach diluted in 1 gallon of water.

Let the solution stay on the surface for at least 5 minutes before rinsing with clear water or allowing to dry.

Routinely check potential problem spots (e.g. Bathroom, laundry, mechanical room, etc.) for moldy odors, and disinfect often with a solution of 1/2 cup of regular-bleach diluted in 1 gallon of water.

-- Prevent mosquito breeding areas

To prevent mosquito breeding sites, which are often found in standing water, you can use regular bleach.

o Discard of all unnecessary containers where water may accumulate after a rainfall.

o For all other containers, remove any standing water and clean using a solution of 1/2 cup of regular-bleach diluted in 1 gallon of clean water; let air dry.

o Turn over all portable containers that are outdoors when not in use.

o Eliminate any water puddles.

o Change the water in small containers and flower vases every three days.

o Regularly unclog rain gutters.

Source: Clorox Bleach

 
 
 

 

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