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How to Neutralize Bleach Smell

Though it is a versatile laundry booster with hundreds of uses, bleach also has a pungent odour. The chlorine smell can cause headaches, nausea and fatigue. If you begin to show any symptoms after breathing bleach fumes, immediately move to fresh air for 15 to 30 minutes. Take the necessary steps to neutralise the bleach odour.

Open doors and windows, and run fans for several hours to fill the room with fresh air. Place fans in the opened windows so the fans suck the bleach odour out of the room.

Run a HEPA air purifier in the room for 24 hours. The HEPA filter will trap tiny particles and cleanse the air.

Blot spilt bleach with paper towels. Put the paper towels in a plastic bag, and seal the bag. Place the bag in an outside dustbin.

Hold clothing and fabric items under cool, running water to flush spilt bleach out of the fibres.

Mist carpets and upholstery with white vinegar to remove bleach odours. As the vinegar dries, it will eliminate the chemical odour. Alternatively, cover the area with baking soda, and let it sit for several hours before you remove it with a vacuum cleaner.

Fill a pot with water. Add cinnamon, cloves or lemon wedges. Place the pot on the stove set to medium heat. Let the water simmer. The mixture will fill the air with a pleasant aroma.

Things You'll Need

  • Fans
  • Air purifier
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic bag
  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Pot
  • Cinnamon, cloves or lemon wedges
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About the Author

Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.