Every now and again, I'll fill a 5-gallon bucket with a 1 part bleach
to 9 parts water solution of bleach water to sterilize things around
the backyard like bird feeders and stuff. My question is how to dispose
of the bleach water afterwards? Do I schlepp it into the house and
pour it down the toilet or kitchen sink? Is it safe to pour on the
ground? I garden organically, and the last thing I want to do is ruin
the ecosystem I've created with bleach water.
Usually, by the time I get done with it, it's pretty murky stuff. If I
used it over and over again, I feel I'd be contaminating things more
than cleaning 'em. And I've got to get rid of the stuff eventually.
I would not put it on anything living. On the other hand, if you have
some drive or sidewalk where a little moss likes to grow, you can pour it on
that. As it dries the bleach will go into the air, it does not dry on the
surface. It will kill grass etc if you pour it on the lawn.
it's not safe to pour on the ground where you have living plants, as it will
you could just let it sit in the sunlight, and the chlorine will break down
over a period of a few days, and you'll be left with just water. if you're
not on a septic tank, you could just pour it down the drain, or you could
pour it in the gutter and it will just evaporate.
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What happens to your laundry waste water? Does it go into a sewer line
or septic system?
If a sewer system, part of the water treatment is chlorinating, so
you're giving it a head start.
Dump it in the toilet or kitchen sink.
I have a septic system, but I also have a dry well that the
laundry/dishwasher/bathwater/and sink waste goes into. I dump it in the
kitchen sink, or any tub, shower or sink that needs cleaning.
It's not like Sodium Hypochlorite is all that nasty...once it gets done reacting
with stuff, you've basically got a weak solution of table salt left over.
As long as there isn't a lot of solid crud (enough to clog a drain) in the
bucket, just dumping down the drain is fine -- that's where the bleach water
from the washer goes, after all.
Dumping on the lawn works fine, too -- just dilute it well (run the ol' hose in
the bucket for ten minutes or so).
The solution to polution is dilution as an environmental engineer once told
me. If you dilute it with the ole garden hose it will become harmless. Stick
the bucket on the driveway, stuff a hose into it and let if flow.....when it
doesn't smell like bleach, dump the bucket...done deal.......Ross
replying to toller, McStreamy wrote:
PLEASE NO!!! If your street has storm drains that nasty sludge will flow into
the nearest natural body of water! Please pour it down a sink or toilet so it is
treated like sewage.
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