Safe Bleach Use

When following the instructions listed on the Strip and Sanitise page and the Mould and Fungal treatment information, bleach is completely safe to use, as it is diluted and completely washed out of fabrics post treatment. Use gloves and ensure there is adequate ventilation, to prevent exposing skin or inhaling concentrated bleach. If the user has a specific allergy to bleach (eg it triggers asthma) don’t use it. Bleach cannot be mixed with ammonia, or ammonia based cleaners as it creates dangerous fumes. Urine contains some ammonia, but as listed in the information, nappies are clean prior to treatment so no residual ammonia is in the nappies, and these fumes are not formed.

Household bleach contains sodium hypochlorite, overtime bleach turns into salt, water and oxygen, (hence the expiry date) and therefore becomes ineffective at sanitising. The sanitising element in bleach is chlorine.

Chlorine is used to minimise the bacterial growth in swimming pools. Bleach treatments can be used to treat skin conditions like eczema [1].

Bleach is not detrimental to fabrics if instructions are followed. Bleach treatments should only be used when completely necessary, ie. for sanitisation, if a child has a fungal infection or if nappies have mould on them.

[1] https://nationaleczema.org/eczema/treatment/bathing/