In an emergency, think
of this (one gallon of Regular Clorox Bleach) as 3,800 gallons
of drinking water.
When the tap water
stops flowing, Regular Clorox Bleach isn't just a laundry-aid,
it's a lifesaver. Use it to purify water, and you'll have something
It's the same in any
natural disaster. As the shock wears off and the days wear on,
the biggest demand is for drinking water. Time after time, relief
crews hand out free Clorox Bleach with simple instructions: use
it to kill bacteria in your water and you'll have purified water
to drink. Here's how: (Store these directions with your emergency
bottle of Clorox Bleach.)
First let water stand
until particles settle. Pour the clear water into an uncontaminated
container and add Regular Clorox Bleach per the chart.* Mix well.
Wait 30 min. Water should have a slight bleach odor. If not, repeat
dose. Wait 15 min. Sniff again. Keep an eyedropper taped
to your emergency bottle of Clorox Bleach, since purifying small
amounts of water requires only a few drops. See chart* suggestions
for storage bottle replacement.
Don't pour purified
water into contaminated containers. To sanitize water jugs first,
see instructions** at right.
Without water and
electricity, even everyday tasks are tough. In lieu of steaming
hot water, sanitize dishes with a little Clorox Bleach. Just follow
the directions below to keep dishes clean.
Whether you use Clorox
Bleach in an emergency or for everyday chores, it's always an
environmentally sound choice. After its work is done, Clorox Bleach
breaks down to little more than salt and water, which is good
*Ratio of Clorox Bleach
to Water for Purification
2 drops of Regular
Clorox Bleach per quart of water
8 drops of Regular
Clorox Bleach per gallon of water
1/2 teaspoon Regular
Clorox Bleach per five gallons of water
If water is cloudy,
double the recommended dosages of Clorox Bleach.
(Only use Regular
Clorox Bleach (not Fresh Scent or Lemon Fresh). To insure that
Clorox Bleach is at its full strength, replace your storage bottle
every three months.)
**(Clorox Bleach Sanitizing
Mix 1 tablespoon Regular
Clorox Bleach with one gallon of water. Always wash and rinse
items first, then let each item soak in Clorox Bleach Sanitizing
Solution for 2 minutes. Drain and air dry.