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Other Uses for Household Bleach

Planning for survival means having basics on hand, which probably means you'll not have all those handy, pre-mixed house cleaners available. However, many daily chores can be accomplished equally as well using some of the simple products you'll most likely already have in your survival stash.

One such product is household bleach. Good for helping to purify water, bleach is also versatile when it comes to other chores.

  • A general formula for bleach water to wash most household items is one gallon water mixed with 3/4 cup bleach. When using this to clean, always wear gloves, rinse the item completely, and allow it to dry.

  • Use full strength bleach to sanitize areas where food may be prepared - before and after. This is especially true for processing wild game, fish and fowl. If the surface being used is large and wooden, the bleach should be allowed to sit for 10-15 minutes. This will also help eliminate stains. The surface should then be thoroughly rinsed and wiped down with a clean cloth.

  • Smaller cutting boards, should be washed in hot soapy water, rinsed and soaked for 3-5 minutes in a gallon of water to which 3-4 tablespoons of bleach have been added. After soaking, rinse thoroughly.

  • Clean unused drain-pipes of bacteria by pouring bleach water (1 gallon water plus 1 tablespoon bleach) down the drain. Wait 3-5 minutes and then rinse with running water for several minutes.

  • Keep plastic utensils, containers, dinnerware free of the slick, greasy feeling by adding a tablespoon of bleach along with the dish liquid when hand washing. Wear gloves.

  • Use 50% bleach - 50% water solution to get rid of mold build-up on caulking. Use an old toothbrush to apply the bleach. Allow the solution to sit, rinse and dry. Keep toothbrush used in a safe place away from pets and people.

  • Clean toilets by pouring 1/4 cup of bleach into the bowl and allow to sit until stain is gone, then flush. Don't forget to close the door and make sure pets do not have access to bathroom. If you are on a septic system, check with the installer to make sure bleach will not cause any problems.

  • Clean sponges by soaking in bleach water (1 gallon water and 3/4 cup bleach) for 8-10 minutes. Remove from bleach water and rinse completely and allow to air dry.

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