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Chemical Orientation

There are seven chemicals that we use to clean with.


Powdered cleanser:

Powdered cleansers are abrasive. If you have fiberglass surfaces dont use a powdered cleanser in or on them! The good thing about powdered cleanser is that it cuts the oils and stains fairly easily, although it is harder to rinse off of the tubs and around the faucets. Use plenty of water and check for the grit with your fingertips.


Bleach is a liquid and is usually in a gallon jug. We use bleach to clean the cleaning cloths. Bleach kills mildew. Always dilute bleach when using. It is corrosive. Be careful when using bleach! It can discolor your clothing. Never mix bleach and ammonia. It forms a poisonous gas!

Dishwashing detergent:

It is a mild detergent. Use for dishes. Also, it can be used on clothes that need to be hand-washed. Be careful not to use too much. You can also use in the bathroom on the tub and sink. It is easier to rinse if you are careful not to use too much. Don’t use it on the shower walls just the bottom 2″ of the tub.

All-purpose cleaner:

All-purpose is a general cleaner. It can be used in the bathroom on the sink, counters and tub. Spray to clean walls, etc. Don’t use it on the mirrors! Do not use it when cleaning the washer as there are flecks of soap spilled around the washer surface. Use plain water to clean the washer.

Disinfectant Spray:

For bathroom floors and the toilet and other areas where you want to kill germs. For a disinfectant to be effective, you generally have to let it stand on the surface after spraying for 5 to 10 minutes. Check the label.

Glass Cleaner:

Use this chemical on the mirrors and windows. Glass cleaner is also effective in the kitchen on the outside surfaces of the refrigerator, stove, microwave, and toaster. Remember when you use glass cleaner- use paper towels.

Laundry Detergent:

A powdered or liquid cleaner for washing clothes. Use the correct amount to get your clothes properly cleaned. See the label for correct amounts.

All chemical bottles should have Braille and large print on them to identify what they are. If a bottle isn’t properly marked and you aren’t sure what is in the bottle, find a staff and ask. Also, if you need to have a chemical bottle refilled, ask a staff and they will do it.

Again – Never mix chemicals! Do NOT follow the thought If a little is good, a LOT is better. Use the suggested quantity for the best cleaning.