When recommended by your doctor, take one bleach bath per week.
- Fill the bathtub half-full of lukewarm water.
- Add ¼ cup bleach to bathwater.
- Soak five minutes.
- 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.