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Making sure you dilute bleach

Q.

My bleach is leaving lined white residue when left on surfaces. What can I do to solve it?

A.

It sounds like you may be pouring undiluted bleach directly onto a surface, which we actually recommend against. Bleach should always be diluted with water first before use — it should never be applied full strength to anything!

While using bleach it’s best to know how to dilute bleach and why. Visit our page on how to make your own bleach disinfecting solution for step-by-step instructions for diluting bleach.

Back to your question. The white bleach residue you see is salt. That’s because the sodium hypochlorite active in Concentrated Clorox® Regular Bleach2 naturally breaks down in to salt and water, a big part of what makes the product so environmentally friendly. Following label instructions about diluting bleach is important to make sure the product is used safely and performs as promised.

Clorox Regular Bleach is a strong cleaner that also can be used as a disinfectant to kills germs on hard, nonporous surfaces and diluting it makes it more effective To sanitize or disinfect with bleach, you never want to use bleach straight out of the bottle or mix it with other cleaning products. Bleach works best diluting it with water and diluting bleach also makes it safer to use.

Rinsing thoroughly after using the disinfecting bleach solution should prevent any residue from being left behind. The sanitizing solution for dishes and the like, on the other hand, is dilute enough that residue is not an issue — air-drying is actually an important part of the process.

If there is ever leftover residue when cleaning with bleach, it usually means you didn’t dilute your bleach enough. To fix this, simply add more water to your bleach solution and improve your bleach to water dilution ratio.

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