Little-Known Uses for
Clorox® Bleach

  • Extend the life of freshly cut flowers. Add one-quarter teaspoon (twenty drops) of Clorox bleach to each quart of water used in your vase.
  • Deodorize coolers and thermos bottles. Wash with diluted Clorox bleach, then rinse.
  • Remove mold and mildew from outdoor siding, tile, brick, stucco, and patios. Clean with a mixture of three-quarters cup Clorox bleach per gallon of water.
  • Remove coffee or tea stains from china cups. Soak clean china cups for five to ten minutes in a solution of one tablespoon Clorox bleach per gallon of water.
  • Disinfect garbage cans. Wash the garbage cans with a solution made from three-quarter cup Clorox bleach to one gallon water. Let stand for five minutes, then rinse clean.
  • Bail a boat. Cap an empty, clean Clorox bleach bottle, cut diagonally across the bottom, and scoop out the water.
  • Make a scooper. Cap a empty, clean Clorox bleach bottle, cut diagonally across the bottom, and use it to scoop up flour, sugar, rice, dog food, sand, fertilizer, or snow.
  • Make a pooper scooper. Cut a empty, clean Clorox bleach jug in half. Use the half with the handle to scoop.
  • Clean butcher blocks to prevent bacteria from breeding. Wash the cutting board with hot, sudsy water and rinse clean. Then apply a solution of three tablespoons Clorox bleach per gallon of water. Keep wet for two minutes, then rinse clean.
  • Make a hot cap. Cut off the bottom of an empty, clean Clorox bleach jug and place the jug over seedlings. Take the cap off during the day, and replace the cap at night. To anchor these hot caps, simply cut off the top of the handle, insert a sharp stick, and drive the stick into the ground.
  • Remove stains from baby clothes. Mix one-quarter cup Clorox bleach to one gallon of water in a plastic bucket. Add colorfast clothes and soak for five minutes. Rinse well, then run the clothes through a regular cycle in the washing machine.
  • Sift soil. Cut the bottom off an empty, clean Clorox bleach bottle at an angle to make a scooper. Insert a six-inch-diameter piece of one-quarter-inch hardware cloth to rest above the handle hole. Scoop up dirt, sift through the narrow opening, and stones will be caught by the hardware cloth.
  • Make a fishing or boating buoy. Cap an empty, clean Clorox bleach jug tightly, tie a rope to the handle, and tie a weight to the other end of the rope. These buoys can also be strung together to mark swimming and boating areas.
  • Make a carrier for small children's toys and crayons. Cut a hole in the side of an empty, clean Clorox bleach jug opposite the handle.
  • Clean mops. Rinse mops in a bucket of sudsy water and three-quarters cup of Clorox bleach per gallon of water.
  • Clean caulking around bathtubs. Scrub with a solution of three-quarters cup Clorox bleach to a gallon of water.
  • Make a clothespin holder. Cut a hole in the side of an empty, clean Clorox bleach jug opposite the handle, and punch a small holes in the bottom for drainage. Hang your new clothespin holder on the clothesline.
  • Whiten a porcelain sink. Fill the sink with a solution of three-quarters cup Clorox bleach per gallon of water. Let sit for five minutes.
  • Make a paint bucket. Cut a hole in the side of an empty, clean Clorox bleach jug opposite the handle.
  • Make an anchor. Fill an empty, clean Clorox bleach bottle with cement.
  • Clean a toilet bowl. Pour in one cup Clorox bleach. Let it stand for ten minutes. Brush and flush.
  • Clean a rubber sink mat. Fill the sink with water, add one-quarter cup Clorox bleach, and soak the sink mat five to ten minutes.
  • Improvise a funnel. Cut an empty, clean Clorox bottle in half, remove the cap, and keep it in the trunk of your car as an emergency funnel for motor oil, antifreeze, and water.
  • Make a bird feeder. Cut a hole in the side of an empty, clean Clorox bleach jug opposite the handle.
  • Freshen old sponges. Soak sponges for five to ten minutes in a mixture of three-quarters cup Clorox bleach per gallon of water, then rinse well.
  • Make a hip bucket for harvesting fruits or berries. Cut a large hole in the side of an empty, clean Clorox bleach bottle opposite the handle, then string your belt through the handle.
  • Clean mildew from shower curtains, shower caddies, bath mats, and plastic soap dishes. Place all the bathroom accessories into the bathtub, fill with two gallons water, and add one and a half cups Clorox bleach. Soak for five to ten minutes, then rinse and drain. The Clorox bleach also will have cleaned the bathtub also, so sponge it down too.
  • Deodorize the garbage disposal in your sink. Pour Clorox bleach down your drain, then run the hot water for two minutes.
  • Make dumbbells. Fill two empty, clean Clorox bleach bottles with sand.
  • Make a megaphone. Remove the cap and cut off the bottom of an empty, clean Clorox bleach bottle.
  • Clean mildew from grout. Mix three-quarters cup Clorox bleach with one gallon of water, and use an old tooth brush to scrub off the mildew.
  • Store rock salt for melting snow. Ice melting products are much easier to dispense from Clorox bleach bottles.
  • Make glasses sparkle and silverware shine. Add a capful of Clorox bleach to the dishwasher.

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