How to Get Rid of Bleach Smell

Updated April 17, 2017

Bleach is one of the best cleaning products for both clothing and household chores. It kills almost all germs and bacteria. However, can damage certain surfaces and materials and its smell sometimes lingers unpleasantly. Some even find the smell of bleach to be sickening and cause itching. With a few steps, one can remove the smell of bleach.

Dilute and rewash the item with water. If you have clothes with a strong bleach smell, rewash with the hottest water items can tolerate. The second wash will help remove remaining traces of bleach. Consider diluting the amount of bleach used for future washings with more water.

Increase more detergent. Washing with bleach is a good way to clean stains and spots but using detergent alongside the bleach will lessen the chemical's presence and smell. Consider a one-to-one ratio for washing or even one cup of detergent to a half cup of bleach. Woolite is a great detergent to blend with.

Follow up with Pine Sol if the clothing (or room cleaned) maintains a smell of bleach. Pine Sol is excellent at removing unwanted scents rather than masking them.

Remove the bleach with water. If the bleach smell exists on a surface that has been cleaned with bleach, wash the area with very hot water. The water will remove any bleach remnant that is causing the smell.

Consider scented dryer sheets. When drying clothes, apply several dryer sheets to pull away the bleach smell.


Cut down on amount of bleach used


Be wary of adding bleach to any other cleaning product

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Pine-Sol
  • Dryer sheets
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Chad Hunter is a freelance writer and author. Hunter began writing professionally in 1993 and has written for, Baton Rouge Parenting and additional newsletters, magazines and online publications. He holds a Bachelor of Science in computer networking from Purdue. Hunter is also a guest lecturer.