Boiling Is Best
Short of using a very high-quality water filter, this is the most
reliable method for killing microbes and parasites. Bring water to a
rolling boil and keep it simmering for at least several minutes. Add
one minute of boiling to the initial 10 minutes for every 1,000 feet
above sea level. Cover the pot to shorten boiling time and conserve
Liquid Clorox Bleach
In an emergency, think of this (one gallon of Regular Clorox Bleach)
as 3,800 gallons of drinking water.
When the tap water stops flowing, Regular Clorox Bleach isn't just a
laundry-aid, it's a lifesaver. Use it to purify water, and you'll have
something to drink.
It's the same in any natural disaster. As the shock wears off and the
days wear on, the biggest demand is for drinking water. Time after
time, relief crews hand out free Clorox Bleach with simple
instructions: use it to kill bacteria in your water and you'll have
purified water to drink. Here's how: (Store these directions with your
emergency bottle of Clorox Bleach.)
First let water stand until particles settle. Pour the clear water into an
uncontaminated container and add Regular Clorox Bleach per the
chart.* Mix well. Wait 30 min. Water should have a slight bleach odor.
If not, repeat dose. Wait 15 min. Sniff again. Keep an eyedropper
taped to your emergency bottle of Clorox Bleach, since purifying
small amounts of water requires only a few drops. See chart*
suggestions for storage bottle replacement.
Don't pour purified water into contaminated containers. To sanitize
water jugs first, see instructions** at right.
Without water and electricity, even everyday tasks are tough. In lieu
of steaming hot water, sanitize dishes with a little Clorox Bleach.
Just follow the directions below to keep dishes clean.
Whether you use Clorox Bleach in an emergency or for everyday
chores, it's always an environmentally sound choice. After its work
is done, Clorox Bleach breaks down to little more than salt and
water, which is good news anytime.
*Ratio of Clorox Bleach to Water for Purification
2 drops of Regular Clorox Bleach per quart of water
8 drops of Regular Clorox Bleach per gallon of water
1/2 teaspoon Regular Clorox Bleach per five gallons of water
If water is cloudy, double the recommended dosages of Clorox
(Only use Regular Clorox Bleach (not Fresh Scent or Lemon Fresh).
To insure that Clorox Bleach is at it's full strength, replace your
storage bottle every three months.)
(Clorox Bleach Sanitizing Solution)
Mix 1 tablespoon Regular Clorox Bleach with one gallon of water.
Always wash and rinse items first, then let each item soak in Clorox
Bleach Sanitizing Solution for 2 minutes. Drain and air dry.