I have been given a bucket of chlorine tablets for my above ground pool. I am thrilled that I don't have to purchase these this year, in fact I may have enough for a couple of years. Anyway, I was wondering, can I put one of these tablets in a bucket of water and make bleach for my laundry? Any thoughts would be appreciated! I know that I need to keep this solution out of the area of pets and people as the fumes may cause problems, but if I can make bleach water that would be great!
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That stuff is terribly potent. I would not use it with the laundry. The house will reek from the chlorine smell (very bad for lungs). Remember, 1 or 2 tablets are all that a huge swimming pool needs. I don't think you could smack it with a hammer and get a tiny enough bit to suit your laundry needs. Unless you like holes in your laundry, injured lungs and deceased pets. A little strong, but I wanted to get the message across. Do not try it. Might even ruin your washing machine.
It's funny cause I was considering using pool clorine in my laundry. I have a dog that I love very very much and would do nothing to hurt him or anyone in the house.
Do the math, then do it. You need to get a chemistry book out, figure out how many moles of chlorine are in the tablet, then figure out the strength of the chlorine solution you need, weigh out the proper fraction of the tablet with a pharmaceutical scale, add it into your gallon of room temperature water to get the desired concentration.MacGyver, or Walter White, would have no problem doing this. Alternatively you could use the method of approximation by putting known masses of pool tablet in a gallon of water, thoroughly mixing, then using a pool testing strip to see what concentration you have achieved, and going from there to come up with a recipe.
Obviously you are aware that chlorine is highly toxic and you will take appropriate precautions while working with it. If you have no idea what those are, or what damage concentrated chlorine solution can do, don't do this.
Just be careful, make sure to read the ingredient list on all cleaners you use so you never mix ammonia with chlorine. It produces a harmful gas that could kill your young or elderly pets. I almost lost my cat not knowing. I imagine it would be very harmful to all babies.
You are making this far you complicated. Bleach is 5 to 8% sodium hypochlorite. Specific gravity is 1.2
8 g/L will put you where you need to be.
Dissolved and use and save some money.
This also works well in todays market when bleach is unavailable because of coronavirus
Chlorine has been used as a weapon (WWI) and can be so dangerous. Jonnie, sorry, but I'm suggesting that laundry bleach is just not your biggest expense so save money somewhere else and leave the toxic waste products to the pro's.
if you, like all ready said, put one tablet into a plastic bag and break it into small bits..you then can dilute that into a bleach solution. I used very small chips in my toliet tank as a continous cleaner...very small...until we replaced the toliets...the new kind has parts that can be harmed by this, so I had to stop.
There is no reason you can't use these...you just have to be really, really careful
Also, the remaining little pieces will eat through the bag so you have to be careful with storing them...if you mix this into a solution..the power will fade after a while...like leaving an open bucket of bleach water...the bleach will "go away"...as it does in a swimming pool
Wow!!! I just put one clorox tablets for pools into 2-cups of hot water my nose, throat and eyes started watering really and baded smelled up the whole downstairs! Next time I'm going to put it in a baggy like I stared and smash it up, but instead of dumping the whole tablet into 2-cups of hot water going to use a very small piece, worked great in my washer after I cleared my home for an hour! Dah should have come here first.. So be careful when trying to do this very bad! It's just I was out of bleach and wanted to bleach some towels right now...
You shouldn't have smelled anything unless your water was dirty. Chlorine has no smell.
I don't believe this is correct. Correct me if my logic is faulty. If bleach has no odor until it makes contact with something, then why can I smell it when I open a jug.
I would not use it in your washer, think of how concentrated it is!
BUT... I have used my pool to whiten clothes.
I clean then in the washer and then put them in the pool in a mesh basket or container used to wash delicates.
I leave it in the pool on the steps(we have an inground) for a couple of hours and the rinse in washer.
It does get rid of dirt and underarm stains that bleach does not. I also let dry in the sun.
My mom is 99 and still kicking it. During the Depression, they bleached diapers, rinsed, then layed them on green grass. Amazing! Turned blue then pure white.
Don't use the chlorine tablets for any reason inside. These tablets can be anywhere between 65 to 90 percent pure bleach where the household products run from 4% to 5%. I am a water treatment operator, and I am here to tell you that all kinds of harm can bother you and your family. Stick your face down to the bucket, that smell should be enough for you to realize that this product was meant for one thing only, to treat your pool. If you would happen to add this chlorine with ammonia or any other product that contains ammonia in a closed wash room or bath, you would be creating toxic gas that would take your breath away or even kill you. PLEASE store this product outside of living space and make sure the lid is on tight. Put where no child can reach. I have scratched both corneas twice from going into a chlorine room wearing contact lens when even a small amount of chlorine was present in the form of gases. I have been lucky not to have any health problems as a result. Don't take the chance, you and your family's life are worth more than the savings you would get from the tablets. Sincerely, Judith Walker
Do NOT over tighten lid...vent holes....store outside, inside a vented shed. Learned the hard way....dangerous.
If you are in fact a water treatment operator you know better than to ever say "Stick your face down in the Bucket". Also calling the sodium chlorite tabs Bleach is wrong, bleach is for clothes. Bleach may have lots of other ingredients.
Yes, you an use the tablets as bleach. The tablets have chlorine gas combined with calcium to form a salt. As a binder, and to help keep the chlorine in suspension in the pool, there is an acid in the tablet. Simply grind down the tablet with some coarse sandpaper and make about a teaspoon or less of powder. I suggest you dissolve the powder into about a gallon of water, then add to the washer. Fill the tub with wash water, add soap, and wash.
The concentration of pool chlorine is very low - it is only acting as a sterilizer in the pool - only a few parts per million. In a washer, adding a cup of 5% bleach to 20-25 gallons of laundry and water causes not only sterilization, but also the "bleaching" effect of lightening stains and colors.
I am a guest cottage owner www.forestvalley.co.za in South Africa Garden Route and do lots of laundry. Recent guests from Singapore with their 40 old "barfed his supper all over brand new white bedding. Found dried the following morning on departure. Soaked immediately in bleach 4% in hot water x2 days...rubbing/scrubbing. Added more bleach soaked another x2 days/scrubbing rubbing. Bless the boy, he must have eaten fabric dye?
Unable to remove. I took a scoop of swimming pool chlorine to boiling water, dissolved with a blender. Put only the soiled section in the bath with hot water, and poured the dissolved chlorine in and swilled. Came back in 10 min, and could not find the stain! Immediately rinsed and washed...saving the zarathustra 850 queen duvet cover..100%.
common sense prevails here...it can be used I wouldn't use the tablets I don't want to touch the stuff...having said that in a powered form half a teaspoon is plenty ..beware this stuff can burn your eyes out e.t.c if used in minute proportion its the best cleaning agent
If you don't like your clothes, by all means add it to the washer. Laundry bleach and chlorine are very different! Bleach is chlorine free! I would be curious if anyone anywhere on the planet would be able to find a fabric care tags that does not specifically mention "use only chlorine free bleach if needed" that is because chlorine will break down the fabric. Sure it may be able to remove stains but the next time you wash that item (if not the first time it comes out of the dryer) it will have holes in it for sure. I have been a pool professional for over 15 years and I can't tell you how many clothes I have thrown out because chlorine splashed and burned a hole clean through the fabric. The only fabric I have seen it has no effect on is 100% polyester, however the tags specifically mention non chlorine bleach, I would assume that's because I would imagine cotton thread is holding it all together and cotton doesn't hold up even a day after being exposed to concentrated chlorine. I stopped wearing cotton years ago at work because of that. Hundreds of jeans and t shirts have become work rags as a result of minor splashes.
Editor's Note: Laundry bleach is generally considered to be sodium hypochlorite. The active ingredient is chlorine. Other non-chlorine bleaches are available. These use peroxide or another oxidizing agent.
Sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) is the basic chemical for bleach. Cl is chlorine. Bleach IS NOT chlorine free
Bleach has chlorine in it. It is NOT chlorine free. That is why they sell products like Clorox II. Which contains no chlorine but used to brighten up colors without bleaching out the color.
Standard laundry bleach is sodium hypochlorite Exactly the same as pool chlorine.
15 g of sodium hypochlorite is approximately what is in 1 cup of 6% bleach
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