Everyday Cheapskate: Surprising Chlorine Bleach Uses Beyond Laundry
That bottle of liquid chlorine bleach sitting in your laundry room has all sorts of uses that have nothing to do with laundry. It can help keep your flowers looking fresh, purify water in emergencies and even lend a hand when you're cleaning up after a disaster.
While bleach may not be the first thing that comes to mind when dealing with mosquitoes, it can effectively deter them from reproducing in stagnant water. Add a small amount of bleach to a birdbath to eliminate mosquito larvae and safeguard the water's quality. Just 1 tablespoon of bleach can protect up to 50 gallons of water, so use it sparingly. Avoid introducing bleach into natural water bodies and ponds to protect their delicate ecosystems.
DISINFECT CUTTING BOARD
Maintain a germ-free cutting board by rinsing it with a bleach-water mixture (1 teaspoon per gallon) and letting it air dry.
TRASH BIN DEODORIZER
To banish odors and germs from your trash bin, give it a rinse with a bleach-water combination.
Children's toys can harbor germs. Combat this by soaking toys in a solution of 1 tablespoon of liquid bleach per gallon of water, followed by thorough rinsing.
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