Sodium chlorite solution is useful in many ways around the house.
In fact, it can do the work of several products that you may already use while providing a much healthier and less toxic environment in your home. It is particularly important to consider the biological effects of your environment if you have young children at home, whose developing bodies and minds are extremely sensitive to toxins in cleaning products and other household chemicals. Sodium chlorite solution is a wonderful bleach alternative. Since the chemistry of sodium chlorite products in slightly different than bleach, sodium chlorite solution is not an exact bleach replacement. However, it can be used in place of bleach in most circumstances with much fewer negative side effects. Read our article on sodium chlorite solution and bleach for more details on this subject. In this report, we have compiled many of the handy ways to use sodium chlorite solution at home.
For long term storage of water – use 1-2 drops of sodium chlorite solution for each gallon of well water or tap water that you wish to store. Water will be purified in 8 hours. Do not use an activator (acid) for long term storage.
For standing water, or water from a suspect source – use 3-4 drops of sodium chlorite solution to each gallon of water. Do not use an activator. Let stand for 8-10 hours before drinking.
For pure water on demand use a weak acid activator – 50% Citric or 4% Hydrochloric acid solution at a 1:1 ratio (one drop of acid per drop of sodium chlorite solution) is recommended as an activator, but lemon/lime juice or vinegar will work at a 5:1 ratio (5 drops of juice or vinegar per drop of sodium chlorite solution). Use 3-4 drops of activated sodium chlorite solution to each gallon of water. Do not add directly to water, mix sodium chlorite solution and activator in separate container. Wait 30 seconds if using recommended activator or 3 minutes orherwise, then add activated sodium chlorite solution to water. Wait 15 minutes before drinking.
Sodium chlorite solution is far and away the best food cleaning product available. Using sodium chlorite solution to help prepare your meals is a powerful way to improve the quality of your food in your home.
As a rinse – Use a mild sodium chlorite and water solution and scrub on vegetables before preparing them for salads or cooking. Add 10-15 drops of activated sodium chlorite solution to a bowl or pot of rinse water to rinse leafy greens, brush off mushrooms, or clean any other produce you prepare.
We have noticed, and have heard from others, that after preparing a large amount of food with sodium chlorite solution rinse, there is often a noticeable residue left behind after soaking some produce. You may noticed a thin, waxy coating on top of the water that is left behind by the sodium chlorite solution cleaning off pesticides, herbicides and processing gunk from the surface of produce. Needless to say, this is better left off of your food than staying on for you to eat.
For poultry, fish, beef, and other meats, use sodium chlorite solution as a safeguard against pathogens hiding in the meat. Sodium chlorite solution can be used as either a scrub or a soak to help keep your meat products safe to eat.
As a scrub – Activate 5-10 drops of sodium chlorite solution and add a half cup of water. Use this solution to rub firmly onto the surface of a fish fillet, chicken breast, steak, or other meat item. Allow the solution to stay on the surface of the meat for a few minutes, then rinse off.
As a soak – Activate 5-15 drops of sodium chlorite solution and add to enough water to cover your meat items in a bowl or pan. Submerge your meat items in the sodium chlorite solution soak solution as you prepare other items in the meal or preheat the oven. When you are ready to use the meat, rinse it off and drain the rinse solution, or add a few more drops of activated sodium chlorite solution and reuse to soak for another item.
Cleaning and disinfecting in the kitchen
Studies have shown that the average kitchen sink and sponge contain up to ten times more bacteria than the average toilet! When it comes to keeping the kitchen clean, sodium chlorite solution is a sensible alternative to both bleach, which can create toxic byproducts, and antibacterial cleaning soaps, which create drug-resistant germs.
Kitchen cleanser – Activate 10 drops of sodium chlorite solution and add to a pot or bowl of water to be used to disinfect your kitchen counter, sink, sponges, or cutting boards. Sodium chlorite solution is the perfect thing for wooden cutting boards because unlike bleach, it does not create toxic byproducts when it interacts with wood. For more information on this chemistry, read our article on sodium chlorite solution and bleach.
Sponge disinfectant – Activate 10 drops of sodium chlorite solution and add to a cup or small bowl of water. Soak your sponges or brushes overnight every few days to keep them germ-free.
Glassware – Sodium chlorite solution can also be used to put more sparkle into your glassware. Add 30 drops of activated sodium chlorite solution to your dishwater and soak your glassware for several minutes. Rinse well and towel dry.
Cleaning off mold and mildew
Clothing – Sodium chlorite solution can be added to your loads of laundry to wash mildew out of washable clothing and fabrics. Wet the mildewed section of fabric and scrub in liquid or powdered detergent onto the area. Then wash the fabric in warm water. Activate 30 to 60 drops of sodium chlorite solution and add to the wash water instead of bleach. No trihalomethanes are created in your wash water, and the sodium chlorite solution does not wear your clothing down the way bleach products do.
Shower wall and floor tiles – Sodium chlorite solution is an excellent addition to, and in some cases, a replacement for many cleaning products. Activate 30 to 60 drops and add to a cup of warm water. Use a cloth or spray bottle to apply the activated sodium chlorite solution and water to your shower walls and floor tiles. Let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe or scrub away and rinse off. A strong sodium chlorite solution and water mix can brighten the grout between floor and wall tiles. You can also use a sodium chlorite solution and warm water mix on your rubber shower mat and shower curtain to remove mildew buildup.
Cement, brick, stone – A strong sodium chlorite and water solution can also remove mildew and stains on cement, brick, stone, and other outdoor surfaces. Use a wire brush to scrub sodium chlorite solution and water onto patio stones, foundation walls, or exposed concrete surfaces.
Sodium chlorite solution can be used all over the house for general disinfecting purposes. A paper towel sprayed with activated sodium chlorite solution and water makes a great disinfecting rag for wiping doorknobs, railings, banisters, and other regularly touched objects at home. This is particularly relevant during winter months when flu germs roam freely.
Sodium chlorite solution is great for cleaning fish tanks. Add a few drops of activated sodium chlorite solution to your cleaning water the next time you clean your fish tank. A story related to an sodium chlorite solution forum tells of a woman who saved her fish when it was belly-up by dropping activated sodium chlorite solution into the tank water.
Plants and Flowers
The next time you have a bouquet at home, or have clipped yourself an arrangement of flowers from your garden, activate a drop of sodium chlorite solution and add it to your flower water with a pinch of sugar. Your flowers will last noticeably longer!!
Use sodium chlorite solution to disinfect gardening tools that you have used to prune diseased portions from your plants. This will stop the tools from spreading the disease to other plants the next time you use them.
If you have a houseplant that is diseased, wilting, or seems unhealthy in any way, try using a sodium chlorite and water solution on the affected areas. Activate 6 drops of sodium chlorite solution and add to a tablespoon of water. Use this to dab onto plant stems and leaves that show signs of weakness or disease. Let the sodium chlorite solution stay on the plant surface for up to two minutes, then wash the area with water to remove the sodium chlorite solution.
Suggestions for Personal Use
Oral Hygiene – Use a 4-6 drops of activated sodium chlorite solution in 2-4 Oz of water. Brush teeth and tongue, gargle and/or use as a mouthwash. If halitosis (bad breath) persists, increase the activated drops next time, but do not exceed 10 drops.
Body Odor Eliminator – Activate 20 drops of sodium chlorite solution for each ounce of water and pour into a small mist spray bottle (available at our online store). Spray on desired area of body (arm pits, feet, etc.). Use sparingly as it may produce a mild burn and may bleach hair. The solution will last 3-4 days in an air tight container.
PH Booster – Increase the PH of drinking water by adding 3 drops of sodium chlorite solution (do not activate) to each liter (33.8 oz.) of water.
If you have additional uses for sodium chlorite solution, please let us know and we’ll share them with others.