Asked on Oct 01, 2017

How to keep spray bottle from getting destroyed by bleach?

by Theresa
I keep a spray bottle of bleach/water solution but I find it keeps destroying the spray bottle/spray mechanism. Thought it was the bottle but I've tried expensive, cheap, metal, plastic. Always goes bad by next use. Any ideas/solutions?

  10 answers
  • Just mix up what you need. The bleach corrodes or melts the plastic mechanism. Have you tried using vinegar instead?

  • Mary Redmond Mary Redmond on Oct 01, 2017

    Try using vinegar and water. Vinegar is a antibacterial product. Or risnse the plastic spray pieces at end of each use

  • Karen Tokarse Karen Tokarse on Oct 01, 2017

    Use an old bleach bathroom cleaner spray bottle. That plastic is different from the Walmart brand. There's one where the tube goes all the way to the bottom of the container and every drop is used.

  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Oct 01, 2017

    There are different types of containers for different uses. Always read the labels for safety reasons. Check Home Depot and Lowes for proper sprayers. The other option is to only mix your bleach & water when you need it and wash out the container when finished. Best of luck. Be safe.

  • Tom Tom on Aug 21, 2018

    There is ONLY ONE WAY to keep a bleach sprayer working. That is to remove the sprayer after using, spray clean, even soapy water through it, and cap off the bleach bottle until next usage.

  • Emily M Sullivan Emily M Sullivan on Jan 22, 2019

    If you want bleach to actually sanitize your surfaces, you have to mix it fresh every 24 hours anyway, so just rinse the bottle each day.

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    • Emily M Sullivan Emily M Sullivan on Sep 20, 2020

      Water combined with light inactivate the disinfection properties of bleach in 24 hours. Yes, bleach has a shelf life, you should use it within 6 months after opening. Premixed commercial disinfection products with bleach have preservatives in them to keep them viable for much longer than just bleach and water mixed.

  • Amber Warner Amber Warner on May 06, 2019

    can bleach kill you

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    • Donald Baxter Donald Baxter on Jan 10, 2022

      Can bleach kill you? Try mixing it with ammonia. I mean DON'T try mixing it with ammonia nor should you use ammonia anywhere near chlorine bleach. That'll kill you from the toxic fumes. I'd recommend not swallowing either despite Trump's recommendation as a killer of the COVID-19 virus and its successors.

  • Vernon Cubus Vernon Cubus on Aug 04, 2020

    Yes! Bleach will burn your skin. If inhaled, it will irritate your lungs and even damage them. We use it in pool cleaning (swimming pools) to kill algae and just about anything else in the water. We have to wear masks (for breathing), gloves on our hands, And we are careful NEVER spill it on our skin or anything else as it will burn almost anything it touches.So, yes, insufficient quantities, either on the skin or inhaled, or ingested (drank). Nasty stuff if not used properly.

  • Dave Sofio Dave Sofio on Sep 20, 2020

    I got here because I've got the same frustration. A number of chemical-resistant trigger-sprayers are sold, and most use stainless-steel springs and Viton seals, but for some reason the mfrs can't seem to make the PLASTICS last, specifically the screw-cap. (Yeah, the same basic cap that's on every bottle of Clorox and last for years without cracking apart.)

    Seek on.

  • Boguslaw Boguslaw on May 17, 2022

    I am a maniacal user of Clorox (outdoor bleach) for cleaning/washing (almost) anything. The lifespan of sprayers that I use typically does not exceed about 3 months. Being frustrated with this ongoing issue I performed a few 'autopsies' of general purpose spray bottles (from ACE hardware) that underwent failures of the pumping mechanism. The result was pretty clear - the pistons of pumps have rubber elements that act as seals of the system. Prolonged exposure of rubber to Clorox results after some time in its disintegration. Other (plastic) elements of the pumping mechanism are not visibly affected by Clorox. Using 'Chemical Resistant' spray bottles by Harris (also bought from ACE hardware) does not help, as they also fail in the same manner. I am aware of original Clorox spray bottles, but I have not tested them yet with the 'outdoor grade' Clorox over extended time. I suspect that concentration may be a factor affecting longevity of the sprayer pump.