You know what the secret to my sparkling clean house is? I really want to say: “it’s my kids who always pick up after themselves”, but sadly no – they’re little messy monsters. To be completely honest, the only thing that helps keep my house sanitary and myself sane, is bleach. It’s such a versatile cleaning staple that can be applied to almost every cleaning task around the house. Plus, nothing comes close to its whitening and disinfecting power, being able to kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria. Germs, be gone! Here are some awesome uses of bleach cleaning products.
Crisp, Clean Laundry
Of course, I have to start with the most popular use of bleach cleaning products – to whiten and brighten your laundry. It does a terrific job in removing tough stains and bad odours, disinfecting and whitening clothing and linen. However, you should be careful how you use it as to not destroy the fabrics. Chlorine bleach is very powerful, and as such it is not safe to use it on many fabrics, especially if they have colours and patterns. It’s best to reserve chlorine bleach for white fabrics and bed linen. When it comes to clothing, most tags will specify what kind of bleach to use. If you want to be on the safe side, using oxygen bleach (also called colour-safe bleach) is a much better alternative as it won’t ruin the clothes in bright colours and patterns.
Remove Mould and Mildew from the Bathroom
Isn’t it ironic how the place you go to clean yourself up is often one of the dirtiest places in the home? I’m talking about the bathroom, of course. It’s easy for the grout around the toilet and shower area to start turning black from mould and mildew. To whiten it, I use a mix of 3 parts bleach and 7 parts water in a plastic spray bottle. I spray some on the grout and allow it to sit for a while. Then, I proceed to scrub it with an old toothbrush and rinse it with fresh water. And, ta daaa – the tiles look like brand new! If you have a shower curtain, you can use the same trick to remove that ugly pink stuff that accumulates on it before it turns black and discussing.
Unclog the Sinks
Disregarding the state of our sinks is something we’re all guilty of doing. After all, if you can’t see the problem it doesn’t really exist, right? Wrong. That’s why most of us often deal with clogged sinks. When that inevitably happens, you can use bleach cleaning products to unclog, clean and deodorize the sink. Just pour one small cup (150ml) of bleach directly down the drain and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes. Then, turn on the water and flush the drain. Make sure to let the water run strong and fast for up to 5 minutes. If the sink starts to fill up with water, turn the flow off and let it drain before letting it run again.
Sterilize Old Items
A couple of months ago I discovered an old silverware set hiding behind a pile of boxes in the garage. Having sat there for well over a decade, the expensive kitchen utensils were covered in dust. Just to be on the safe side, I soaked them for 5-10 minutes in a solution with half cup of chlorine bleach cleaner and 1 litre of water. After I rinsed them they were sparkling and good to use again. You can apply this trick to all kinds of old and dirty items that you want to clean thoroughly.