The American Cleaning Institute (ACI)

Ask ACI -Cleaning Kitchen Counters

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Q: I am worried about germs on my kitchen counters. Is it true that more bleach kills more germs?

A: The only advantage to using more bleach than prescribed is if the surface is soiled. To create a sanitizing solution, it is recommended that you use one tablespoon of EPA-registered unscented liquid bleach per gallon of water. Spread the solution liberally over the countertop. Let stand for at least two minutes and then allow to air-dry. We recommend making up fresh sanitizing solution as needed, rather than storing leftover solution.