At The Ready Store, we often get this question. Many believe that household bleach is good for purifying water. Here is the best answer we can provide.
Household bleach is not manufactured with human consumption in mind. The chemicals are much higher than what would be considered safe for human consumption. Having said that, if you don’t have anything else, using bleach may is better than nothing.
It’s not recommended to use straight bleach to purify your stored water. It would be much better to purchase a water treatment that is guaranteed no to harm you when consuming. The water treatment we and many other companies carry would purify the stored water up to 5 years so you don’t need to worry about changing it out or over contaminating the water with bleach.
Whenever you use a product in a different way than it was intended you put yourself at risk. We don’t recommend using household bleach to purify your water. It’s important that you try to keep your family as safe as possible. Using household bleach would be a last resort effort but that is contrary to the idea of being prepared! If you are preparing for the worst, you might as well get the real thing and not use possibly dangerous alternatives.
The water preserver products we and many other preparedness companies sell is made of sodium hypochlorite (bleach) but has been manufactured so that there are no impurities in it and as a result it is the only bleach product that has been approved and certified by the EPA for human consumption. We are not saying you can’t use unscented household bleach but are merely saying that you should use with caution since it has not officially been approved for human consumption like other products have been.