Clorox bleach and white vinegar have various uses around the home. From cleaning and disinfecting, to uses in the laundry room, Clorox bleach and vinegar are the go-to products in a home. When used properly on the appropriate surfaces and items, you can clean, sanitize and deodorize just about anything.

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Clorox or vinegar work to clean and disinfect a variety of surfaces around the home.

The Facts

The main ingredient in Clorox is sodium hypochlorite, which is the component of bleach that kills around 99.9 percent of a virus, along with certain types of mold and bacteria. Chlorine bleach has been tested and proven effective at killing germs by the Environmental Protection Agency. Only a small amount of Clorox is needed to clean and disinfect: one part bleach to four parts water. The downside to Clorox, however, is that it contains harsh chemicals that can be dangerous to people and the environment. Vinegar, on the other hand, is considered an eco-friendly household product. Like Clorox, it is also effective at killing germs, but not as effective as Clorox. Vinegar kills about 80 percent of viruses, 99 percent of bacteria and 82 percent of mold.

Clorox Uses

The uses for Clorox bleach around the home are abundant. Use Clorox to disinfect cutting boards, countertops, sippy cups, garbage cans and sinks. Clean your bathroom tub and toilet, as well as tiled surfaces and bath toys with Clorox. Brighten whites in the laundry by adding Clorox bleach to the wash cycle. Use Clorox to remove tough stains from coffee mugs, as well as to clean pet bowls, disinfect children's toys and sanitize your appliances.

Vinegar Uses

While vinegar is most commonly known for its use in cooking, but it also has other benefits around the house. Add 1 cup of white vinegar to the wash load to soften fabrics and keep colors from running. Run your washer with white vinegar to clean and deodorize the machine. Remove stains from carpeting, upholstery and clothing by soaking it with white vinegar. Clean your crusty iron with a rag dampened with vinegar. It also works well to remove odors; if you notice a smell in your dishwasher, garbage disposal, refrigerator or other areas of the home, clean it with vinegar. Remove stains and mineral deposits from your coffee pot by brewing a pot of vinegar. This household staple also works well to clean fruits and vegetables, dry up cold sores and soften your nail cuticles.

Warnings

Though the uses of both Clorox and vinegar are plentiful, you must take certain precautions when using these products. Never mix Clorox and vinegar, and do not mix bleach with any other cleaning products. The toxic fumes produced can be fatal. Ventilate your work area and wear rubber gloves when using Clorox. Always test vinegar or Clorox on a small spot of the surface to check for any color changes or damage. Vinegar is acidic and Clorox is bleach, so these products may not be safe for all surfaces or materials. Finally, keep Clorox out of reach of children and never use it without first diluting it with water according to the label instructions.