How to Use Bleach to Clean

Whether you use a bucket, a sponge, a spray bottle or an old rag, cleaning with bleach is one of the best ways to disinfect your home and remove stains. Use bleach, diluted in warm water, as a powerful cleaner and germ fighter. Use it in your kitchen and bathroom or on your floors and in your laundry. If you don't like the smell of regular bleach, buy one of the scented bleaches, such as lemon or lavender. Using bleach to clean is an economical and healthy approach to keeping your home sparkling clean.

Use Bleach to Clean

Step 1

Pour 3/4 cup of bleach in 1 gallon of warm water. Wearing rubber gloves, swish the water around to mix the bleach. Pour clear water into a separate bucket.

Step 2

Dip a clean rag or sponge in the bleach mixture. Squeeze out excess solution. Wipe down the surface area. Let the area sit for 10 minutes before rinsing it with the clear water and a clean sponge or rag. Let the surface air dry.

Step 3

Clean floors with a mop. Dip the mop in the bucket of bleach solution. Mop the floor; let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse the mop in clear water and mop the floor again. Let the floor air dry.

Step 4

Remove stains. Pour some of the bleach solution into a spray bottle. Spray the stain. Let it sit for a few minutes and wipe clean with a paper towel. Repeat if needed.

Step 5

Clean toilets by pouring 1/2 cup of bleach into the toilet bowl. Swish with a toilet brush and let sit for 10 minutes. Flush the toilet.

Step 6

Check labels on clothes to see if they are colorfast. Most whites can be bleached. However, most colors will fade, if bleach is used.

Step 7

Add 3/4 cup of bleach to the wash water. If the washer is extra large, use 1 1/4 cups of bleach. Let the wash water agitate for a few seconds to distribute the bleach. Stop the washing machine and add the clothes.

Step 8

Set the washing machine for a regular or heavy-duty wash cycle. Let the clothes go through the cycles.

Step 9

Remove the clothes and check to see if any stains remain. Wash any clothes that still have stains again, using more bleach. You can put the rest of the clothes in the dryer or outside to dry.

Pauline Gill

Pauline Gill is a retired teacher with more than 25 years of experience teaching English to high school students. She holds a bachelor's degree in language arts and a Master of Education degree. Gill is also an award-winning fiction author.