How to Make Bleach Neutralizer

If your household is like most, at least one bottle of bleach sits in your arsenal of cleaning supplies.

Sodium Thiosulfate

Neutralize bleach to avoid potentially damaging effects.Neutralize bleach to avoid potentially damaging effects.
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.

Step 1

Put on protective clothing, gloves and goggles.

Step 2

Fill a bucket with 1 gallon of warm water.

Step 3

Mix 1 ounce of sodium thiosulfate into the water.

Sodium Metabisulfite

Step 1

Put on protective clothing, gloves and goggles.

Step 2

Fill a bucket with 2.5 gallons of warm water.

Step 3

Add 1 teaspoon of sodium metabisulfite to the water.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Step 1

Put on protective clothing, gloves and goggles.

Step 2

Fill a bucket with 1 gallon of warm water.

Step 3

Pour 1 cup of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide into the water.

Things You Will Need

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

Tip

  • 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.

Warning

  • Do not mix vinegar or acidic liquids with bleach, as the combination can be dangerous.

About the Author

Lily Mae began freelance writing in 2008. She is a certified elementary and literacy educator who has been working in education since 2003. Mae is also an avid gardener, decorator and craft maker. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in education and a Master of Science in literacy education from Long Island University.