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How to Make Your Own Bleach Disinfectant Solution for Cleaning

Make your own disinfectant cleaning solution using the Clorox disinfecting bleach you have at home and remember to follow the safety precautions on the label.

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Follow these easy steps using the Clorox® disinfecting bleach you have at home. Always remember to follow the safety precautions on the label.

Tip

Make sure to check that your bleach disinfects before getting started. Disinfecting items will usually say “Kills 99.9% of Germs” or have specific instructions for disinfection on the bottle.

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1. If the surface is dirty, pre-clean to remove any dirt or grime

2. Identify which bleach product you have

Grab your bottle and locate the UPC number on the back label. It will start with the numbers 44600.

3. Measure bleach water, then mix

Make a fresh bleach and water solution every time you clean. Don’t save a diluted bleach solution as it will degrade over time into salt and water.

For the following products use 2 teaspoons bleach to 2 cups water for a small batch and ⅓ cup bleach to 1 gallon of water for a large batch:

Product nameUPC number
Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach2 (Concentrated)4460032416

4460032263

4460032260

4460032251

4460032249
Clorox® Performance2 Bleach (Concentrated)4460032428
Clorox® Germicidal Bleach4 (Concentrated)4460032429

4460032293

For the following products use 1 tablespoons bleach to 2 cups water for a small batch and ½ cup bleach to 1 gallon of water for a large batch:

Product nameUPC number
Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach2

Clorox® Regular Bleach2
4460030770

4460030769

4460030768

4460031171

4460030985
Clorox® Performance Bleach1 with CLOROMAX®4460031859
Clorox® Germicidal Bleach34460030790

4. Apply the bleach solution directly to the hard, nonporous surface

You can use a microfiber cloth or a synthetic mop or sponge. Paper towels or other natural fiber materials (such as paper, cotton, wool, bamboo, etc.) should not be used since they degrade the bleach solution, making it less effective.

The diluted solution should be fine to use on the following surfaces, but you should test a small inconspicuous area first.

  • Appliances
  • Most bathroom surfaces, including glazed tile, tubs, fiberglass, glass shower doors, vinyl curtains, counters, cabinets, sinks and no-wax floors.
  • Hard, nonporous kitchen countertops, including synthetic or cultured marble (though not on natural marble)
  • Other surfaces around the home, including Linoleum, Formica® counters or Corian® countertops, stainless steel, sealed granite and chrome

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5. Make sure the surface stays visibly wet for the correct amount of time to be effective

For the following products, allow the solution to contact the surface for 6 minutes, then rinse with clean water and let the surface air dry:

Product nameUPC number
Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach (Concentrated)4460032416

4460032263

4460032260

4460032251

4460032249
Clorox® Performance2 Bleach (Concentrated)4460032428
Clorox® Germicidal Bleach4 (Concentrated)4460032429

4460032293

For the following products, allow the solution to contact the surface for 5 minutes, then rinse with clean water and let the surface air dry:

Product nameUPC number
Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach2

Clorox® Regular Bleach2
4460030770

4460030769

4460030768

4460031171

4460030985
Clorox® Performance Bleach1 with CLOROMAX®4460031859
Clorox® Germicidal Bleach34460030790
Tip

If you’re sanitizing a surface that contacts food or beverages, such as a plastic cutting board or water bottle, follow our instructions for food contact sanitization.