How you clean up a bleach spill will depend in large part on where it was spilled. This is a guide about cleaning up spilled bleach.
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My daughter spilled a quart of clorox bleach on her car seat. What can be done to absorb the strong order?
Mike from Colleyville, TX
By Lynda (Guest Post)01/02/2007
Since Sodium Hypoclorite is an ALKALINE, the best thing to do is to first try to NEUTRALIZE it with an ACID such as VINEGAR but since that, too, smells strong, I'd suggest baking soda powder (Sodium Bicardonate), just as you would put on battery acid/cables to clean them, even though the acid in batteries is MUCH stronger. I believe the Baking Soda weaker alkalinity will change the bleach's stronger alkalinity enough that it might turn to a yellowish powder, and can then be brushed/vacuumed off. The commercial vacs at a car wash should be able to handle this well. The soda
should ALSO correct the smell. There is NO way the
damage can be light, but at least this is a start. I'd start looking for a replacement seat at a junk yard
a.s.a.p. because you really don't want it on your skin or clothing causing still MORE damage, do you? Hope this helps/works. I'd leave it on for a couple of days, until dry, working it into the cracks,threads, wrinkles, and seams with a rag wearing gloves, with
windows wide open much of the time, even when driving, if necessary to drive until the stuff is vacuumed off and neutralized. Clorine gas disappears fairly soon when aired out. Leave windows down when dry weather. If vinyl seat covering it should be o.k. but discolored. If leather, it might be bleached a lot. If cloth, oh well. However, if it appears to be o.k. initially, later the threads affected might break and cause a big hole there if cloth. Good luck, and God bless you. : )
Editor's Note: Mixing bleach and vinegar or other acidic compounds can create toxic fumes. Please research this or any other tip before mixing other substances with bleach