Chlorine bleach is a strong chemical and when used as a diluted cleaner can leave a strong odor. This guide is about getting rid of bleach smell.
My brother recently cleaned a small chest type freezer with a very strong bleach solution. The smell of bleach lingers. What can he (we) do?
By Annelle from NE PA
Try 1 tablespoon Bicarbonate Soda (UK) diluted in warm water. Wipe out the freezer with the solution. Leave the freezer unplugged and open for 24hrs. You can use BS safely and effectively to clean fridges and freezers. Detergents of any kind are not advised.
Bicarbonate Soda is also called Baking Soda.
Only way I know how to rid the odor of bleach from something is to rinse, rinse, rinse, rinse and rinse some more with water until gone. That might be difficult since it's winter outside and the most convenient way would be to move the freezer outside. But if you have an area where you could swing it, that's what I'd suggest. Turn on the hose and blast that baby down. If it's taking a long time to rinse it out, let it air dry in between rinsing. While it is air drying, sprinkle it with baking soda. Then rinse again. Repeat until you do not smell bleach anymore. (I'd cover up my nose and mouth with a mask while doing this.)
I would wash the inside of the freezer with straight white vinegar. Let it dry naturally. After it dries, wait about three to five days and wash the inside again with plain warm water. The vinegar will neutralizes the bleach.
Just leave it open for about 48 hours in a room with good circulation. If the room is closed off, put in a small oscillating fan for same amount of time.
The other day I washed some T-shirts, that I found in a box that were mildewed, with Clorox in my washing machine. I added concentrated Clorox to the dispenser. I can't get the odor of Clorox out of the room even though there are six windows that have been opened and I have run 10 washes some without clothing in hot water. Every time I walk into the room my throat gets a irritated and I taste that metallic taste of Clorox. It's a new porch and I'm really nervous that some of it might've been destroyed by the odor seeping into the walls. How can I eliminate that odor from the room and for the washer?
I made a big mistake and poured straight up bleach all over my mattress cleaning a stain from dog urine. The bleach turned the top of my mattress a bit hard from the harsh chemical, but also I can't get the smell out. I just let it dry without water. I didn't want to add any more liquid to my bed so I thought it would be OK since a bleach smell usually disappears. This time it hasn't. Do I now add more water to the mattress to try to get the left over bleach smell out?
By Lauren from Austin, TX
What I would do if I were you is to get xo: it is an odor neutralizing cleaner that would have taken out the urine smell to begin with. This is what is used in nursing homes and hospitals; you can get it on www.qvc.com; go to Don Aslett's supplies; since it will cut urine smells and clean them I am thinking that it will do the same with bleach.
You can sign up to get emails and watch the presentations when he is on; or his products air; I was unable to find any locally so I ordered actually from his own site; I got the xo plus.
Since you now have both bleach and urine dried into the mattress, I would try something like a rug or furniture shampooer, or a steam cleaner. The bleach would not have removed the urine smell, but merely covered it up. After you have diluted the bleach and the urine with cleaning with water, and then perhaps mild soap and water, you could try the enzyme cleaner for the urine.
I am not so sure there's anything safe you can do now :-( I don't know if even dried bleach is safe to mix with other chemicals, including simple vinegar, so that's something you should probably ask a chemist or a bleach manufacturer. Bleach should never be mixed with anything other than water but I don't know if it's the same if the bleach is dried. Personally I wouldn't risk it without expert advice. The hardness of the mattress top is probably permanent damage because bleach actually melts some fabrics :-( I am not even sure it would be safe to turn the mattress over and still use because bleach fumes are toxic to lungs :-(
A professional carpet cleaning business can also clean mattresses, furniture, and car upholstery. If you have the funds, a professional will know best how to clean your mattress. The guy I had come out to clean up after a massive dog incident had a minimum of $125, so I had him hit some other problem areas as well (like the milk spatter that had stained the fabric above my son's car seat in my van).
I just moved into an older house and had a friend shampoo the carpet in the main bedroom. The only problem is that he used carpet shampoo and bleach. Now it smells like bleach. I aired it for a few days, but still smell the bleach. How can I get that smell to go away? Or should I just rip it up and put new carpet in? Plz help.
By Dave M
I would go over the carpet with a rag that was soaked in very hot water. I would point a fan in the room to decrease the fumes. Open a window if it is not too cold. Point another fan out of the window.
Do not mix bleach with anything like ammonia or vinegar, or other cleaners. Even putting a bowl of vinegar in a room can cause toxic fumes that can be harmful. I noticed this tip a lot on ehow.com. Don't do it since it creates chlorine gas.
I would keep wiping it down with very hot towels or rags, and then
pour baking soda on a plate and set in room to absorb odors. You can use activated charcoal and sit that on a plate in the room, but most people don't have that on hand.
Note: Do not put the plate of baking soda or activated charcoal in front of the fan. >:)
I completely disagree with Robyn. I followed another persons tip for removing beach smell from carpet and it worked instantly. I got hot water and filled my carpet cleaner almost to the top, then added half of a small bottle of vinegar and cleaned the carpet. It completely took the bleach smell away instantly.
I had my outdoor cushions professionally cleaned because they were too dirty for me to tackle. Now they smell very strongly of bleach. Is there any way to get the smell of bleach out of the cushions?
By destin39 from AL
You can rent an ozone machine (from a rental store). Just run it for 6 or more hours in a small room with the cushions. Ozone penetrates & removes odor without chemicals. An ozone machine can remove all odors from upholstery, fabric & rugs.
Before your do this you might first try using an odor neutralizer (like Febreze Vanilla. It has a very light scent) or put the cushions in the sun for a day, & keep flipping them over. The UV rays should help dissipate the bleach odor.
If you are using a cleaning agent (called White King or Demostos as used in Australia) containing a chlorine base (chemical name Sodium Hypochlorite), use white vinegar on your hands and the smell will disappear.
By Spoilground from Portarlington, Australia
Editor's Note: Sodium Hypocholorite is also commonly known as bleach.