Bleach Bath


When recommended by your doctor, take one bleach bath per week.

  1.  Fill the bathtub half-full of lukewarm water.
  2. Add ¼ cup bleach to bathwater.
  3. Soak five minutes.
  4. After soaking, rinse off with fresh water.


Bleach baths can be effective for killing bacteria as well as helping to clear atopic dermatitis. We recommend ¼ cup bleach in a half-filled tub and ½ cup bleach in a bathtub full of water.

The active component of bleach is sodium hypochlorite. This is the same as Dakin’s solution, which many doctors have used for years. Dakin’s solution is a 0.5 percent sodium hypochlorite and house bleach is 4-6 percent sodium hypochlorite. When the bleach is diluted in a bathtub full of water, the bleach solution is weaker than Dakin’s solution, but still effective.