Friday, December 30, 2011

Bleach This!

Ah, the wonders of bleach. This harsh chemical cleaner has more uses than you might think...or believe! So bleach this:

Flowers- It doesn't sound right, does it? However, adding 1/4 teaspoon bleach to fresh cut flowers will keep them alive longer. How does this work? It inhibits the growth of bacteria which wilts flowers faster, it also keeps the water crystal clear. It is 1/4 teaspoon to a one gallon vase. Any smaller just a single drop will do.

Bath Toys- Bath toys can get quite disgusting, soap scummy and sometimes rather smelly. To eliminate odors and sanitize bath toys simply fill a sink full of hot water, add some bleach and soak bath toys for about 15-30 minutes. Make sure squirt toys get filled up with the bleach water to eliminate any bacteria growing inside (if your kids are anything like mine, they use the squirties to squirt in their mouth). Then be sure to thoroughly rinse!

Concrete- Is your concrete looking old, nasty and stained. Mine was! I cleaned the concrete in my garage using bleach, but it can also be used on a driveway or concrete patio. All you have to do is pour straight bleach on the concrete, use a large scrubber (or push broom, or whatever you think will work) lightly scrub the area, let sit for a while, then rinse. Your concrete should have been given a whole new life!

Stinky Sponges- If your dish sponges are starting to get old and musty smelling, don't throw them away! You can use bleach to freshen them up. Just fill your sink 1/4 full of hot water, add some bleach and soak your sponge for about an hour. Then drain, and rinse sponge. It should be smelling a'ok now, and the biggest plus is your just got rid of all that nasty bacteria that was festering on it.

What Super Uses Do You Have for Bleach?

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