Everybody knows that bleach is a great cleaning product but there is a very high chance that you probably don’t know the other wonderful things that it can do.
Shine white porcelain
Want to get your white porcelain sink, candleholder, or pottery looking as good as new? In a well-ventilated area on a work surface protected by heavy plastic, place several paper towels over the item and carefully saturate them with undiluted bleach.
Allow to soak for 15 minutes to a half hour, then rinse and wipe dry with a clean towel. You however shouldn’t try this with antiques; as you can diminish their value or cause damage. Also,never use bleach cleaner on coloured porcelain, because the colour will fade.
Make a household disinfectant spray
Looking for a good, all-purpose disinfectant to use around the house? Mix 1 tablespoon bleach in 1 gallon (3.7 liters) hot water. Then fill a clean, empty spray bottle and use it on a paper towel to clean countertops, tablecloths and basically, wherever it’s needed. Just be sure not to use it in the presence of ammonia or other household cleaners.
Clean off mold and mildew
Bleach cleaner and ammonia are both useful for removing mold and mildew both inside and outside your home. However, the two should never be used together.
Bleach cleaner is especially suited for the following chores:
Wash mildew out of washable fabrics. To do this, wet the mildewed area and rub in some powdered detergent. Then wash the garment in the hottest water setting permitted by the clothing manufacturer using 1/2 cup chlorine bleach.
If the garment can’t be washed in hot water and bleach, soak it in a solution of 1/4 cup oxygen bleach (labeled “all fabric” or “perborate”) in 1 gallon (3.7 liters) warm water for 30 minutes before washing.
You can also use this cleaning agent to remove mold and mildew from the grout between your bathroom tiles. Get mildew and other stains off unpainted cement, patio stones, or stucco.
Sterilize secondhand items
When it comes to secondhand toys or kitchen utensils picked up at thrift shops and yard sales, you can use bleach to clean them.
To be on the safe side, take your used, waterproof items and soak them for 5-10 minutes in a solution containing 3/4 cup bleach cleaner, a few drops of antibacterial dishwashing liquid, and 1 gallon warm water. Rinse well, then air-dry, preferably in sunlight.
Clean cutting boards and countertops
Don’t even think about using furniture polish or any other household cleaner to clean a cutting board or countertop. Instead, scrub the surface with a brush dipped in a solution of 1 teaspoon bleach diluted in 2 quarts (2 liters) water.
Scrub in small circles, and be careful not to saturate the wood. Wipe with a slightly damp paper towel, then immediately buff dry with a clean cloth.
Brighten up glass dishware
To get your glass dishware sparkling, add a teaspoon of bleach cleaner to your soapy dishwater as you’re washing your glassware. Be sure to rinse well, and dry with a soft towel.