You’re Using It Wrong: Professional Cleaners’ Serious Warning About Bleach

You’re Using It Wrong: Professional Cleaners’ Serious Warning About Bleach Everyone Should Know

  • An Australian professional cleaner has issued a warning about bleach
  • Kacie, from Melbourne, said to always keep an eye on the expiration date
  • Once the date has passed, the bleach turns into sodium hydroxide (caustic soda)
  • This is a strong ‘nasty’ chemical often used to clean drains
  • Bleach must rest on a surface for at least five minutes to work effectively

A professional cleaner has revealed a fact about cleaning with bleach that few know.

In a TikTok video, Kacie out The Big Clean Co in Melbourne warned to always consider the best before date as stated on the bottle, as bleach usually expires after 12 to 18 months.

Kacie said that once the bleach has expired, it turns into sodium hydroxide (caustic soda), a strong “nasty” chemical often used to clean drains.

“And while it’s still active, make sure you read the label, bleach needs five to 15 minutes on a surface to work effectively,” she said in the video.

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Kacie of The Big Clean Co in Melbourne (pictured) warned to always write the expiration date as stated on the bottle, as bleach usually expires after 12 to 18 months

In the video, Kacie shared an example of a 2.5 liter bottle of White King premium bleach, with an expiration date of November 30, 2022

Once the bleach has expired, it turns into sodium hydroxide (caustic soda), a strong 'nasty' chemical often used to clean drains

Kacie said that once the bleach has expired, it turns into sodium hydroxide (caustic soda), a strong ‘nasty’ chemical often used to clean drains.

In the video, Kacie shared an example of using a 2.5 liter bottle of White King premium bleach, which has an expiration date of November 30, 2022.

The bottle also states that the bleach contains the active ingredient sodium hypochlorite, which turns into sodium hydroxide over time.

Bleach should never be mixed with other chemicals and can be used to disinfect your shower, toilet, kitchen countertops, refrigerators, stoves, floors, walls and drains.

“And while it’s still active, make sure you read the label, bleach needs five to 15 minutes on a surface to work effectively,” she said in the video

The helpful information informed thousands of TikTok users who were unaware of dilutions, contact time and shelf life.

“I had no idea, thank you so much,” one person wrote in the comments.

‘As a cleaner, I can’t stand bleach. I don’t know how people think they really need this stuff,” added another.

“I find that it’s almost never really necessary for a household cleaning,” said a third, who agreed with Kacie.

Precautions When Cleaning With Bleach

Never mix bleach with ammonia or any other cleaning agent.

Wear rubber or other non-porous boots, gloves and eye protection.

Try not to inhale product vapours. When using products indoors, open windows and doors to let in fresh air

Use regular, unscented household bleach with a sodium hypochlorite concentration between 5 and 9 percent

Source: CDC.Gov

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