Most of us keep a bottle of bleach in the house. You might use it occasionally to do laundry, but did you know there are plenty of other uses for bleach? It’s a powerful cleaning chemical with dozens of uses.
Some people are afraid to use bleach because they think it can cause damage or be too strong for certain things. While it is important to use bleach with caution, it can be diluted so it is safe for most surfaces and fabrics.
Bleach can come in handy when you really want to disinfect or clean something. It can remove dirt and grime that has been accumulating for a while, and it can whiten whites. It really can come in handy for all of your household chores.
Here are 35 ways you can use bleach. You might already be using it for some of these chores, but you may be surprised that you can use it for so many others. This list might change the way you look at bleach.
1. Sanitize Towels
We use towels for everything from drying off to cleaning up messes. Is laundry detergent really enough to get them clean? Use bleach in your washing machine to disinfect your towels, so they are always clean and germ-free.
2. Clean Toilet Bowls
Toilet bowls are just nasty. It’s easy to imagine all the germs that are lurking in the toilet. Get rid of them by using bleach to scrub the toilet clean. You can also use toilet cleaner that contains bleach.
3. Clean Baby Toys
Your baby loves to put things in their mouth, even their toys. But how many times does your baby drop them on the floor or share them with the dog? Keep them clean by placing them in a 50/50 mixture of bleach and water and allowing them to soak overnight. Rinse them thoroughly before giving them to the baby.
4. Clean Grout
The grout between tiles can get dark and nasty and can be full of germs. You can disinfect and whiten it with bleach. Just apply the bleach to the grout and scrub it with a brush to clean it.
5. Disinfect Dog Crates
Even well-trained dogs can have accidents. They also just smell bad sometimes and bring it a lot of germs from the outside. Disinfect your dog crate with a mixture of water and bleach. Rinse it thoroughly before putting your dog back inside.
6. Whiten Dishes
If you have white dishes that are looking yellow or tarnished, you can whiten them with bleach. Just add some bleach to your dishwater and clean them as normal. The dishes will appear whiter and will be cleaner than usual.
7. Remove Stains From Mugs
If you drink a lot of coffee or tea, you might notice that your mugs are stained. You can’t get rid of these stains with regular washing, but bleach can remove them. Just add bleach to your water when washing your mugs and be sure to rinse them thoroughly.
8. Make Cut Flowers Last Longer
If you are worried about your cut flowers lasting longer, you can add a small amount of bleach to the vase. The bleach will prevent the flowers from dying and keep them brighter and more beautiful longer. Just be sure to continue to add water to the vase as needed.
9. Kill Weeds
Need to kill some weeds but don’t have any weed killer? Just use bleach instead. Add bleach to a bottle of water and spray the mixture directly on the weeds. The weeds will dry up in a few days and die, leaving your garden looking great.
10. Clean Swimming Pools
It can sometimes be hard to keep your swimming pool clean, even with pool chemicals. Bleach can kill algae and other things that make a pool get green and dirty. Just add a gallon of bleach for every 10 gallons of water and watch it clear up fast.
11. Whiten Clothes
Bleach will make your white clothes even whiter. Add some bleach to your washing machine as it’s filling and then pause the machine to let the white clothing sit in the mixture before you finish the wash cycle. When it’s finished washing, your clothes will be whiter than ever.
12. Sterilize Plant Cuttings
Some people like to take cuttings from their plants to make new plants. If you want to make sure they are free from disease and parasites, you will need to sterilize them before planting them near other plants. Just soak the plant in water with a little bleach added to it.
13. Clean Lawn Furniture
Your lawn furniture can get green and dirty. Normal soap probably won’t get it clean. Mix some bleach with soap and water and use it to scrub your furniture until it is clean again.
14. Sanitize Garden Tools
You can transfer diseases and parasites to your plants with garden tools. Most people don’t think to sanitize them, but it’s always a good idea to do so regularly. Just soak them in bleach and water overnight to kill off the germs.
15. Kill Moss And Algae
Nobody wants to see moss and algae growing in random places. It can be hard to kill, but bleach will doing the trick. Just spray the bleach directly on the moss or algae, and it will kill it within a few hours.
16. Disinfect Garbage Cans
Garbage cans are just plain nasty. Clean them out weekly with a mixture of bleach and water. You can even use straight bleach to get out the dirt and grime if necessary. This will help stop odors and prevent germs from spreading.
17. Kill Mold
Finding mold in your home can be terrifying. You can kill it by spraying the mold directly with bleach. You may need to spray it several times to completely kill it.
18. Disinfect Cutting Boards
You cut meat and other things on your cutting boards and probably just wash them with the regular dishes. Normal washing may not be enough to kill the germs and bacteria that linger on these boards. Use bleach to clean them instead.
19. Clean Dog Toys
Dogs love their toys, but they can be full of germs. Gather them up and soak them in a bathtub with water and bleach. Give them a good rinse before you let your dog have them back. Try to do this weekly to keep your dog safe.
20. Polish Porcelain Sinks
White porcelain sinks can easily get stained and be hard to clean. Bleach can get rid of these tough stains and whiten the porcelain. Just gently scrub the areas with stains to remove them.
21. Treat Foot Fungus
Foot fungus is gross and hard to get rid of. Even creams and powders that you buy at the store aren’t strong enough to do the trick. Soak your feet in a mixture of water, bleach, and soap, and you will see much better results.
22. Mosquito Repellant
Those pesky mosquitos can be a pain and even cause health problems. It’s hard to get rid of them, but you may have a great repellant under your sink. Just pour some bleach in a cup and set it in the area where the mosquitos are a problem. They will soon move on to a new place.
23. Kill Airborne Viruses
There are a lot of viruses that are spread through the air. Kill them by making your own disinfectant spray. Mix bleach, water, and some essential oils and spray it around your home. It will kill germs and viruses and leave your home smelling great.
24. Make An Anchor
If you find yourself in desperate need of a boat anchor, a bottle of bleach can come in handy. Tie a rope around it and drop it over the side of the boat. Instant anchor.
25. Car Detailing
Mix up a 50/50 solution of water and bleach and use it to clean your car. Spray in on the dash and any other hard, plastic parts of your car’s interior. Use a toothbrush to scrub it clean and get rid of all the germs and dirt.
26. Wipe Down Tables
Before you eat your next meal at the table, wipe it down with bleach and water. This will remove any dirt and dust and also kill any germs. Your tables will be safe for eating and other activities.
27. Make Shirt Designs
Take a black or dark shirt, stick a cutting board inside, and put a stencil on top of the shirt. Spray bleach around the design and allow it to soak in for a few hours. Remove the stencil and cutting board, then wash the shirt. You will have a unique shirt design.
28. Deodorize Coolers
Coolers can be smelly and full of germs. Pour a mixture of bleach and water into your cooler and close the lid. Allow it to soak overnight and then dump it out and rinse the cooler in the morning. Your cooler should be odor-free.
29. Make A Scoop
Cut a section out of a used and washed bleach bottle and leave the handle. It should resemble a scoop. Use it to scoop pet food or even clean out a litter box.
30. Make A Megaphone
Cut off the end of an empty and clean bleach bottle to make a megaphone. Remove the cap and talk or yell into the end of it. It’s fun for kids and adults.
31. Remove Stains From Baby Clothing
Babies are messy, and baby clothes can be expensive. Don’t throw them out just because they are stained. Instead, use bleach to remove the stains and make the baby clothes look as good as new.
32. Use In Dishwasher
Sometimes, dishwashers can’t get your dishes completely clean. Pour some bleach into the dishwasher and run it without dishes. This will clean it and help it clean your dishes better.
33. Clean Aquariums
Fish tanks and aquariums can become covered in algae. Remove all fish and live plants from the tank and then clean it with bleach and water. Be sure to wash it thoroughly before filling it up and putting the live fish and animals back in it.
34. Clean Appliances
If your appliances are looking dirty and dingy, they may need to be cleaned with bleach. It can cut through grease and grime and help disinfect them, as well. Mix the bleach with water for a gentle but effective cleaning solution.
35. Cover Seedlings
Growing plants from seeds can be challenging. When seedlings appear, they need to be protected and kept warm. Cut the bottom off a bleach bottle and clean it thoroughly. Put it on top of seedlings to trap in heat and protect them from the wind and critters.
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