Unique uses for common household products: Bleach

Advice and tips on using bleach around the house.

Bleach is normally used to remove stains and dirt from laundry. However, bleach is great at disinfecting and cleaning surfaces around your home. Bleach has a strong odor and can damage certain items if used without first diluting it in water. Even though it does have a strong odor, it is terrific to use while cleaning around your home and it kills dangerous bacteria from surfaces. Some of the following uses of bleach you may have used before but, you may not have known exactly how much bleach and water you should use for cleaning certain things.

Use three-quarters cup of bleach per each gallon of water to clean molds and mildew from the outside of your house and porch. You can add one tablespoon of bleach per each gallon of water to clean coffee and tea stains from cups by soaking them in the bleach and water. Wash food-cutting surfaces with three tablespoons bleach per gallon of water to prevent bacteria from spreading to other foods or surfaces.

Advice and tips on using bleach around the house

To remove stains from clothes use one-quarter cup of bleach to each gallon of water and soak for about five minutes then rinse out the clothes and wash as normal. Add three-quarters cup of bleach to each gallon of sudsy water and soak to clean your mop. To clean bathtubs and sinks fill them with warm water and add three-quarters cup of bleach for each gallon of water and let it sit for fifteen minutes then drain and rinse out. Soak rubber mats in one-quarter cup of bleach per gallon of water for about ten minutes then rinse them off with clean water. To clean mildew from bathroom items soak them in two gallons of water and one and a half cups of bleach for a few minutes then wipe and rinse the items off.

Pour a cup or more of bleach in a toilet bowl and let it set for a few minutes and it will be easer to clean with the toilet brush. Soak sponges in three-quarters cup bleach per each gallon mixture for about ten minutes and rinse with clean water to remove odors and disinfect them for future use. Using an old toothbrush and three-quarters cup bleach per gallon of water you can scrub mildew from grout. Bleach can make dishes sparkle and shine if you use a capful of bleach in the dishwasher. Use one gallon of water and three-quarter cups bleach to wash out garbage cans to deodorize and disinfect them.

Bleach can be used to deodorize items around your house. You can pour some bleach down your drains and run hot water for a couple of minutes to deodorize your drains or garbage disposal. Bleach dilutes toilet paper, so you can pour some down your toilet bowl to help dissolve the toilet paper in the bowl if you begin to have problems with your toilet not flushing. This can also be done if you have kids that use too much toilet paper in the toilet. You can pour some bleach and water in coolers or thermos bottles to remove odors and disinfect these items. You can also use bleach to prolong the life of freshly cut flowers by adding twenty drops of bleach to each quart of water you use to place your flowers in.

Bleach can be used to remove stains and baked on food from dishes and pans by soaking them in some bleach and water. You can use bleach to whiten almost anything that was white but has gotten dirty by cleaning it with bleach and water. Just use some bleach and water to clean a small spot first, to make sure it will not damage the item, then if the small spot is not damaged clean the whole item to make it whiter. Bleach can be used to lighten certain cloth items colors by soaking them in bleach and water. But you must be careful doing this because it can change the colors unevenly or could eat through certain material if you are using too much bleach. Bleach can be used to wash windows just dilute it in water first.

Bleach can be used for anything you wish to use it for just make sure to dilute it in water first. You may want to wear old clothes while using bleach because it can splash onto your clothes and change the color on the spot wear it splashes. Be careful using bleach because it is corrosive and may irritate your skin. Do not use bleach with other cleaners because it can release dangerous gases.

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