5 Things to Do With Bleach
More than just a whitening agent for dirty laundry, chlorine bleach can come in handy around the house (and even outdoors). Here are five cool things to do with bleach.
Use Bleach to Sterilize Secondhand Items
Remember Mom saying, “Put that down. You don’t know where it’s been!” She had a point-especially when it comes to toys and kitchen utensils picked up at thrift shops and garage sales. Just to be on the safe side, take your used, waterproof items and soak them for 5-10 minutes in a solution containing 3/4 cup bleach, a few drops of antibaterial dishwashing liquid, and 3.7 litres warm water. Rinse well, then air-dry, preferably in sunlight.
Use Bleach to Shine White Porcelain
Want to get your white porcelain sink, candleholder, or pottery looking good as new? In a well-ventilated area on a work surface protected by heavy plastic, place several paper towels over the item (or across the bottom of the sink) and carefully saturate them with undiluted bleach. Let soak for 15 minutes to a half hour, then rinse and wipe dry with a clean towel.
Note: Do not try this with antiques; you can diminish their value or cause damage. Never use bleach on coloured porcelain, because the colour will fade.
Use Bleach to Keep Cut Flowers Fresh
Freshly cut flowers will stay fresh longer if you add 1/4 teaspoon bleach per litre of vase water. Another popular recipe calls for 3 drops of bleach per quart and 1 teaspoon of sugar in 1 litre water. This will help keep the water from getting cloudy and inhibit the growth of bacteria.
Use Bleach to Kill Weeds
Do weeds seem to thrive in the cracks and crevices of your walkways? Try pouring a bit of undiluted bleach over them. After a day or two, you can simply pull them out, and the bleach will keep them from coming back. Just be careful not to get bleach on the grass or plantings bordering the walkway.
Use Bleach to Clean Butcher’s Block
Don’t even think about using furniture polish or any other household cleaner to clean a butcher block cutting board or countertop. Instead, scrub the surface with a brush dipped in a solution of 1 teapsoon bleach diluted in 2 litres water. Scrub in small circles, and be careful not to saturate the wood. Wipe with a slightly damp paper towel, then immediately buff dry with a clean cloth.
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