What Cleaners Can You Safely Mix with Bleach?

Bleach is technically not a cleaner; it’s a disinfectant. However, its power is greatly reduced when it comes into contact with dirt.  So when using it on households, first clean the surface, and then use bleach to disinfect if necessary.

Also, be aware that bleach is a powerful chemical that, if used incorrectly, can be damaging to surfaces or fabrics in your home. Though it may be tempting to mix bleach with other cleaners like toilet cleaner or multi-purpose cleaner, this should always be avoided.

That said, bleach can safely be mixed with water and some laundry detergents for the purpose of whitening clothes or disinfecting them - but as always, you should check the care label on your chosen detergent before trying anything new.

Here's a bit of detail on what products you can actually safely mix with bleach.

1- Water

Water is a natural solvent (not a cleaner) that dissolves dirt and grime easily.

By watering down bleach, you can create a large amount of fairly cheap disinfectant cleaner that can be used to clean germs from areas in your house.

Typically, you should add one cup of bleach to four liters of water for an effective cleaning solution.  But be sure never to mix bleach with ammonia or any other cleaning products.

2- Laundry Detergent

You can mix bleach with laundry detergent for deeper cleaning of your clothes. Simply add half a cup of oxygen or chlorine bleach to your rinse cycle for whiter and brighter clothes.

Do check the care label on your detergent first, as some may not be suitable for use with bleach. Also, before using oxygen bleach on your clothes, always do a patch test first.

To do this, simply apply a little bit of the bleach to the inside of one of the garment’s hems and wait 24 hours. If there is no change in color after this time period, it is safe to use oxygen bleach on the fabric.

3- Bicarbonate of soda

Not only does the bicarbonate of soda whiten clothes, but so does bleach!  So, if you need something stronger to make your whites brighter, look no further than trying this mix.

Not only can bicarbonate of soda in bleach help in reviving your clothes, but it also helps to get rid of that awful bleach smell. If you want to use a bicarbonate of soda and bleach combination as a laundry treatment, simply add half a cup of each to your whites when washing.  Be careful, though, as this can ruin colored clothes.