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House Cleaning Tips: 4 Unexpected Uses for Bleach

Posted by Stephanie Zajac on Fri, Nov 13, 2015 @ 10:57 AM

If your bottle of Clorox Bleach lives strictly in your laundry room than you're missing out. When used safely bleach is a handy tool that can solve a number of household issues. Whether you're looking to eliminate the weeds littering your walkway or you're searching for a means to restore the shine to your cloudy glassware, bleach can get the job done. To help you get the most out of your bottle of bleach, we've listed 4 alternative uses below.

  1. To rid your walkway or driveway of any pesky weeds, simply fill a spray bottle with undiluted bleach and start spraying. You'll be surprised at how fast those unsightly weeds become a thing of the past. However, it is crucial you don't spray this weed killer on your grass or near other plants. Unfortunately, if you're not careful this powerful weed eliminator can damage or kill your lawn or the other plant life in your backyard.

  2. 30 minutes and a few bleach soaked paper towels can help you breathe new life into your favorite pieces of white porcelain. Before getting started, be sure your work area is well ventilated and your work surface is covered in plastic. Soak the paper towels in undiluted bleach, than wrap them around each porcelain item. Let the porcelain sit for 15 to 30 minutes before removing the towels and rinsing the pieces in cold water. While this procedure is fine for newer porcelain, it should never be used on antiques or colored porcelain. Doing so can permanently damage the item.

  3. No host wants to serve their guests with cloudy glassware. Luckily, soaking your dishes and glasses in a solution of one part bleach to four parts water can resurrect their former shine. Once your glassware has soaked for a few minutes, wash them in warm soapy water, and gently hand dry them with paper towels.

  4. Brightening up your home with freshly cut flowers is a classic decorating tip. However, getting said flowers to last for more than a few days isn't easy. Thankfully, extending the longevity of your flower arrangement only takes ¼ teaspoon of bleach for every quart of water in your flower vase.

Bleach is a powerful house cleaning tool that has a multitude of uses. Whether you're fighting a stubborn stain in the laundry or you're looking to battle a few weeds, storing bleach in a childproof cabinet is a must. Another important safety tip is never mix bleach with ammonia. Doing so creates an extremely toxic combination.

If cleaning your home now-a-days feels like an impossible feat, you may want to consider the benefits of hiring a maid service. Whether you're looking to schedule a single appointment or you'd like a more permanent arrangement, please contact us today and we'll be happy to answer your questions.

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