Does Bleach Kill Bed Bugs or Just Ruin Your Sheets?
When you have bed bugs you will try just about anything to get rid of those suckers once and for all!
From flea and tick spray to food grade Diatomaceous Earth to bleach, I think I have tried it all.
After all, I just wanted those irritating pests out of my bed, out of my home and out of my life!
So, does bleach kill bed bugs?
Let’s take a closer look…
Does Bleach Kill Bed Bugs?
Bleach or bleaching powder is a well-known solution for things like cleaning around the house, getting rid of stubborn stains, restoring any white clothes or cleaning an outdoor pool.
However one thing it is not recommended for is being used to kill bed bugs.
Allow me to clarify.
Technically, yes, bleach may kill bed bugs if it comes in direct and prolonged contact with the bed bug but let’s be honest, what are the chances of being able to directly apply bleach to each and every bed bug?
I mean, most of the time they are too small to spot, they live in the fibers of your mattress (making it hard to reach them) and they are generally nocturnal meaning they really only come out at night – usually between 10 p.m and 6 a.m.
So How Does Bleach Kill Bed Bugs if You Can’t Apply it Directly?
Basically you can use bleach to kill any bed bugs that might be living in your sheets, pillow cases, comforter or clothes (assuming they are white clothes) by washing these items using bleach in the water.
However, this only really works if each item is white. Otherwise you will end up with discolored and spotty laundry, and really you already have enough problems on your hands!
If you do choose to wash your sheets and clothes in bleach you have to make sure to use the hottest water setting your washer allows. Once your laundry is clean you then need to toss it in the dryer at the highest temperature there as well.
Bed bugs cannot withstand temperatures of over 114 degrees fahrenheit, so the hotter the better!
Another alternative some people try is to use bleaching powder, however this can severely irritate your skin and is considered quite toxic – especially if you have children or pets in the house.
So what alternative do you have then?
What Does Kill Bed Bugs Then?
While there are so many websites floating around the internet with recipes for concoctions that claim to help eradicate bed bugs there really is only one solution that I used to get rid of my bed bugs – FabriClear.
Allow me to clarify that I also tried many other products but nothing ever seemed to offer a permanent solution, until I tried FabriClear (thank you late night infomercials)!
FabriClear is a safe, yet potent, spray at that penetrates deep into just about any fabric that could harbor bed bugs.
It is a multi-purpose formula as it also works to kill the eggs bed bugs lay, their larvae, as well as dust mites and other tiny pests.
It is made from biodegradable ingredients and is available for purchase online from the company’s official website.
Not only is it safe but the company offers an affordable price – 2 bottles for under $37. Considering the fact that your other alternatives are to keep testing products or to pay for fumigation, FabriClear seems like a wise decision.
If you want to read even more about what this product can do, check out my review or click the link below to be taken to the company’s official website.