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Industrial Strength Bleach Fumes

12/22/2011

Question:

i accidentally sprayed industrial strength bleach on my windows 4 days ago(picked up the wrong bottle) and now my whole apartment smells with bleach fumes. which is bothering my allergy induced asthma. i have been keeping the windows down trying to air every thing out but it doesnt seem to be clearing out! any suggestions on what i can do to make it clear out quicker? how long do you think the fumes could last up to? thx

Answer:

One thing you can do is use vinegar on the windows to neutralize the basic (in a chemical sense) chlorine bleach. Let the vinegar sit for a while and then wash with water. Whatever you do, DO NOT use ammonia (it could be lethal).

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Response by:

J Mac Crawford, PhD, RN J Mac Crawford, PhD, RN
Clinical Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences
College of Public Health
The Ohio State University