The Many Survival Uses of Bleach

Posted: 13th October 2013 by Michael Levanduski in Emergency Must Haves, Water Storage, Water Survival
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The vast majority of households have a bottle or two of bleach to help with a wide range of cleaning activities.  It is excellent for washing white clothes in to keep them looking nice and clean. You can use it to clean tile floors, white kitchen appliances, make your bathroom sink and toilet look like new again and much more.  Bleach can also be used for a wide range of other things as well, many of which will come in quite handy in emergency situations and long term survival.

The following are some of the many great uses for bleach.  If you don’t already have a gallon or two of this great product, make sure you pick some up the next time you go to the store.  It is inexpensive, and a fairly small amount will last quite a long time for most uses.  Without further ado, the many uses of bleach:

  • Stop Insects – If you are living in an outdoor area, or somewhere with little protection from insects for a long period of time, it is essential to control them.  Insects carry and spread disease, and can be a major nuisance.  Standing water is one of the best places for insects to lay eggs.  Add a small amount of bleach to any standing water to kill off all insect eggs.
  • Kill Airborne Viruses – Whether you’re worried about airborne viruses because someone in your home is sick, or because of some sort of emergency epidemic, bleach can be a real life saver.  Mix 50% bleach with 50% water in a spray bottle.  Set the spray to as fine as mist as possible, and spray into the air to kill any germs floating around.
  • Clean Mold & Mildew – Whether just keeping your bathroom clean, or you need to eliminate mold from a cooler, storage areas or anything else, bleach can do the job.  Mold can cause major health problems, and it is a huge concern when you don’t have modern heat or air conditioning to keep the air dryer to prevent the growth of mold and mildew.  Simply mix 1 part bleach with one part water and apply to the moldy area.  This can work on any surface (though if it is not a white surface, it may cause stains).  Many people will put this solution in a spray bottle for a simple, inexpensive, and very effective cleaning spray to eliminate mold and mildew.
  • Sterilize Items – Germs and other harmful things are a huge concern when facing long term survival situations.  Sterilizing items regularly can help keep everyone healthy and strong.  Mix ¾ cups of bleach in a gallon of warm water and soak any item you want to sterilize for about a half hour.  Rinse it off well and let it dry.
  • Make an Anchor – While not technically with the bleach itself, but if you have an empty bleach bottle, you can fill it with sand, concrete or any other heavy item and it will make a good makeshift boat anchor.
  • Kill Weeds (or most any other plants) – If you’ve got stubborn weeds or other plants growing where you don’t want them, kill them off with bleach.  Put some undiluted bleach in a spray bottle and spray directly at the base of any weeds.  Remember, however, it will also kill other plants around it, so be careful.
  • Water Purification – This one could save your life.  If you don’t have access to clean water, you can use bleach to make it safe for drinking.  First, use only pure bleach, not the products with perfumes or other cleaning agents added to it.  Put the water in a large container, and add the following amount of bleach:
    • 1 quart of water – 3-5 drops of bleach
    • ½ gallon of water – 5-10 drops of bleach
    • 1 gallon of water – 1/8 – ¼ teaspoon of bleach
    • 5 gallons of water – ½ – 1 teaspoon of bleach
    • 10 gallons of water – 1-2 teaspoons of bleach

If the water is clear to semi-cloudy, add the lowest amount of bleach mentioned above.  If it is cloudy or very cold, add the large amount.  Once you’ve mixed the bleach in the water, let it sit for 30-60 minutes before drinking.  Cold water should sit longer.  Remember, drinking water with bleach is not ideal, so only do it when you have no other options.

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