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Make Your Own Clorox Anywhere Recipe

by Tara Kuczykowski on July 16, 2008 · 124 comments

I fell in love with Clorox Anywhere a couple of years ago when I was part of a year-long test panel for it. I received free product coupons every month so that I could test it out and review it. It's since become an indispensable part of my cleaning process, yet I just can't bring myself to shell out $3.29 a bottle for something that is 99.9905% water!!!

I just used up the last bottle from my stockpile the other day, and I've really been missing it for all the little things I use it for. It occurred to me that I should just try to make my own, so after a little fancy math to convert the percentages of water and bleach to useful quantities, I came up with this simple recipe.

1 1/2 teaspoons of bleach

22 oz. water

How easy is that? I saved my pretty little Clorox Anywhere bottle to mix it in, but you could pick up any inexpensive spray bottle that holds just over 22 ounces to put it in.

My favorite use for it is to spray down the kitchen table and high chair after dinner. I let it sit to sanitize it while I clean up and load the dishwasher, and then I wipe it down with a dishrag. Letting it sit also helps "unstick" any sticky messes and makes for an easy cleanup all around!

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1 Nick July 6, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Walmart has a new regular bleach at a great price...White Cloud!

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2 donell August 12, 2012 at 12:45 am

bleach is only good for 24 hours after you mix it with anything, keeps the smell after that but not anything else. you should make sure people know that.

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3 Chemical Engineer March 26, 2014 at 1:05 am

You are incorrect. Water and Sodium Hypochlorite will last several days, up to a week when mixed properly.

Additionally, the author of this article is incorrect. A proper mixture for disinfecting is at least 3 to 4 Tablespoons of Bleach to 3 to 4 cups of Water.

Remember, that's one (1) Tablespoon of Bleach to one (1) cup of Water.

The solution is good for one (1) week. Store it in a cool, dry place out of direct light or in an opaque bottle.

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4 Chemical Engineer 2 May 8, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Dear Chemical Engineer....while your recipe may be correct for a disinfectant, the author's recipe is correct for a sanitizing solution (Clorox Anywhere). So, don't call someone incorrect when you yourself are incorrect.

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5 Luke August 14, 2012 at 2:33 pm

If that was true, how would a bottle of bleach be effective after 24 hours? It's mixed with water. Clorox Anywhere spray is just bleach mixed with water. What's your source for it only being effective for 24 hours?

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6 Meredith November 17, 2012 at 1:37 pm

It is absolutely true that the mixture is no longer effective after 24 hours. The poster who said this is correct. The Anywhere Spray is over-priced, but if you want to make it yourself, you must replace every 24 hours. The commercial spray has something in the process making it stable. So really, it isn't "just" bleach and water. Source- I am a Child Care Director and worked for DCF regulations for centers, and require the mixture be mixed daily if a center makes their own. It is common knowledge at least amongst those in child care.

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7 me December 29, 2012 at 7:44 pm

No, it is stable much longer than 24 hours. Most solutions still have 85% activity after 1 month in a cold spot protected from light. http://www.ciriscience.org/a_307-Stability_and_Bactericidal_Activity_of_Chlorine_Solutions

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8 Jill October 3, 2013 at 8:04 am

Sorry, you are wrong. I too work in child care and the ARC.. We recommend the solution in disaster areas.

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9 Chrissy November 8, 2013 at 11:40 pm

As a paramedic we use a 10% bleach solution and water to clean the ambulance, that's urine, feces, blood, vomit, mucus, brain matter, you name it! You make it and it's good for 1 shift, that's 24 hours. Also her solution is way too diluted. If you use 22 oz of water you must also have 2.2 oz of bleach, that's 5.2 tablespoons! This is bad advice here on the authors part!

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10 John January 11, 2014 at 9:58 am

The CDC websites states that sodium hypochlorite (bleach) remains effective for 24-30 hours in solution.
To Chrissy; the Anywhere solution IS very weak to make it safe for use on non-porous food-bearing surfaces. Your requirements are much more concentration-sensitive.
The CDC also states that a minimum concentration of .002% is adequate to destroy 99.9% of most pathogens. I believe Anywhere sits at approx. .005% in solution.
For the low cost of bleach, I just mix fresh daily for my coffee business. It's the best practice if you want to be safe.

11 Canadian Theresa October 1, 2012 at 9:12 pm

What a Wonderful idea. I will certainly try this.

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12 Aditya November 2, 2012 at 5:09 pm

To keep the bleach stable and effective one needs to make sure of two things. 1} The solution should be alkaline (pH more than 11) and 2) The bottle should be opaque.You might have noticed that most disinfectants that have bleach come in opaque bottles. Or make fresh each time

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13 Danielle December 2, 2012 at 12:52 am

So could you just add baking soda to the water/bleach solution to make it more alkaline and it be an effective cleaning agent for longer than 24hrs?

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14 Denise January 20, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Danielle - Please don't mess with mixing chlorine bleach with anything other than water. It's really for our own safety that caustic chemicals remain in the form we buy them. Regardling making Anywhere Spray - sounds like a good idea, however, any old spray bottle won't work since it probably has a metal spring - in other words - a bottle from, say, the Dollar Store will only (probably) work a couple of times. That means that we (consumers) have to buy the official Clorox Anywhere Spray at least once. Sounds like I'll be mixing up a batch a few times a week since it seems to lose its effectiveness per those comments above. Hmmm, learn something new everyday! :- )

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15 Sue April 4, 2013 at 8:51 pm

BEWARE of the new concentrated Clorox bleach. It is extremely toxic, burns the eyes, and wafts through the house. When I called to complain I was told that this new Clorox is replacing all other Clorox. I have diluted the Clorox to 1 tablespoon (their recommendation is 1/2 cup) and still have caustic smells in the house. I believe this product is a serious health issue. I won't buy it any more. The company is non-responsive.

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17 Michelle June 28, 2013 at 8:24 pm

According to Clorox's website, there are four ingredients in Clorox Anywhere Hard Surface Daily Sanitizing Spray:
- Water
- Sodium Carbonate (a.k.a. washing soda or soda ash)
- Sodium Chloride (table salt)
- Sodium Hypochlorite

The washing soda and table salt must serve as stabilizers because bleach solutions loose their efficacy over time. If only someone could find out how much of each to add to the bleach solution, then it would be possible to make a homemade version of Clorox Anywhere Hard Surface Daily Sanitizing Spray.

(Source: http://www.clorox.com/products/clorox-daily-sanitizing-spray/)

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18 John October 16, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Actually bleach is often made from salt water thru an electrical process. The process seperates the sodium and chlorine ions in the salt and recombined them with other moly clues to make sodium hypochlorite. So it's not as simple as just mixing those above listed ingredients. That being said mixing it daily works great.

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19 Coupons Canada November 19, 2013 at 10:01 am

LOVE this idea. Going to try it this week!

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20 nat August 6, 2014 at 11:05 pm

I am interested in the idea because the people in west Africa that is dying from Ebola,they can not afford the cost of a bottle of clorox

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21 Drdaa August 31, 2014 at 12:51 am

The safest percentage for disinfecting/ killing dangerous microorganisms is a 30% bleach to H2O. Simply fill bottle 1/3 full of bleach & rest of the way with water. That's what is used in microbiology labs and while there is at least one microorganism not killed by bleach, it kills most. I know I sure as hell wouldn't want to ride in the ambulance mentioned in another response that only uses a 10% solution to clean up biological waste!

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