How to Make Bleach Neutralizer


If your household is like most, at least one bottle of bleach sits in your arsenal of cleaning supplies. Bleach sanitizes and removes stains, making it a useful chemical for household cleaning. Despite the benefits of bleach, it can be quite damaging to fabrics if used in excess or inappropriately, irreparably discoloring and even breaking down fabrics. In order to counteract the damaging effects of bleach, neutralize the liquid.

Things You'll Need

  • Sodium thiosulfate
  • Sodium metabisulfite
  • 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
  • Water
  • Protective clothing, gloves and goggles
  • Bucket

Sodium Thiosulfate

  • Put on protective clothing, gloves and goggles.

  • Fill a bucket with 1 gallon of warm water.

  • Mix 1 ounce of sodium thiosulfate into the water.

Sodium Metabisulfite

  • Put on protective clothing, gloves and goggles.

  • Fill a bucket with 2.5 gallons of warm water.

  • Add 1 teaspoon of sodium metabisulfite to the water.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Tips & Warnings

  • For each of the neutralizers, dip a cup into the mixture to collect it and pour the solution over the bleached fabric. Allow the neutralizer to sit on the fabric for about a half-hour, and wash it as instructed by the garment instructions.
  • Do not mix vinegar or acidic liquids with bleach, as the combination can be dangerous.

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