Sunday, September 5, 2010

Bleach for your Storage

4 Gallons of Bleachbleach
(If you can’t accomplish this in 1 week, don’t worry, just take your time and do it in baby steps.)
For this purpose we are suggesting bleach here for water purification and as a disinfectant. So if you need more for other uses then please by all means store more.
To Purify Water:
If your water supply is not known to be safe or has become polluted, it should be purified before use. Water purification is generally a two-step process.
Step 1: Clarify
Cloudy or dirty water must first be made clear. It may be passed through filter paper, fine cloth, or other filter. It may be allowed to settle and the clear water on top carefully drawn. Filtered or clear settled water should always be disinfected before use.
Step 2: Disinfect
Boiling Method
Bringing water to a rolling boil for 3 to 5 minutes will kill most water-borne microorganisms. However, prolonged boiling of small quantities of water may concentrate toxic contaminants if present.
Bleach Method
Adding 1/8 of a teaspoon (8 drops) of fresh liquid household chlorine bleach (5 to 6% sodium hypochlorite) to every gallon (4 liters) of water will kill most microorganisms. Only household bleach without thickeners, scents, or additives should be used. The use of bleach does not address toxic contamination.
Print the following chart and keep it next to your Bleach.
The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency Web site provides additional information about water purification.
For General Disinfecting:
Bleach emits potentially lethal fumes, so it should never be used full-strength. When using bleach as a disinfectant, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend using a 1:10 solution. Follow these steps to make a 1:10 bleach solution safely.
Use the following method to disinfect hard, nonporous surfaces at home:
1. Create bleach solution using ¾ cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach per gallon of water. (use spray bottle or bucket)
2. Wash, wipe or rinse items/area with water, then apply solution.
3. Let stand 5 minutes.
4. Rinse thoroughly and air dry.
5. Discard any unused Solution
Chlorine bleach solution begins to lose its disinfectant power quickly when exposed to heat, sunlight, and evaporation. In order to be sure your solution is still strong enough to kill germs, you should mix a fresh batch each day and discard whatever amount you don’t use at the end of the day.
Print this chart and keep next to your bleach too.

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