Bleach is harmful to plants and can
thus be used as a highly effective herbicide. Use it on areas where you
don’t want plants to grow or where weeds are a problem. Be careful to
not overdo it – spray a 1/1 mixture of water and bleach, or use a few
drops directly on the plant you wish to kill.
2. Pesticide and insect repellant
If you’re suffering from an
infestation, it can be easily treated with bleach. Most insects breathe
through their exoskeleton, so spraying them with bleach is an effective
eradication method. During mosquito season, leaving a cup with a 1/1
mixture of water and bleach keeps the little biters away. Bleach can
also get rid of insect eggs, as well as disrupt the chemical trails some
bugs (like ants) use to find their way into your home.
3. Extend the life of flowers in a vase
If you love decorating your house
with fresh flowers but are having a hard time keeping them alive, simply
add a very small amount of bleach to the water. This will destroy and
bacteria and fungus in the water and allow your plants to flourish, as
well as prevent water and algae stains in the vase. Be careful not to
add more than ¼ teaspoon to 1 cup of water.
4. Remove moss and mold
To get rid of moss and mold from
tiles, pour half a cup of bleach into ½ gallon of water, then use an old
broom to scrub the tiles with the mixture. The bleach will remove any
and all of the moss and mold, leaving your tiles clean and non-slippery.
This is also effective on concrete surfaces, sidewalks, pavement and
even roofing shingles.
5. Polishing china and glassware
Mix a teaspoon of bleach in a cup of
water, then use a white, damp kitchen towel to polish and disinfect
them. It can also be used to polish silverware but be sure to wash them
6. Treating foot fungus and malodorous feet
If you’re suffering from a bad case
of smelly feet or any kind of foot fungus, you know the embarrassment
and social stigmas that go along with them. While exposing your skin to a
high concentration of bleach is very bad for it, soaking your feet in a
tub filled with a gallon of hot water and ¼ cup of plain,
non-concentrated bleach will do wonders for your feet. Don’t soak your
feet for more than 5 minutes, and then rinse them and scrub them clean.
(Do not do this if you have open wounds or sores on your feet!)
7. Powerful disinfectant
If you like to buy things at thrift
stores or garage sales, or want to use something that has been stored
for a while in a musty garage, you may want to get them cleaned up
before you start using them. Make sure they’re safe to use with bleach,
then leave them in a tub filled with a gallon of water and a ¼ cup of
bleach. Leave them there for 10 minutes and then rinse them, and they’ll
be as clean as a whistle.
8. Disinfect gardening tools
You wouldn’t want a doctor to use
tools that were used on a sick person without disinfecting them, right?
The same goes for gardening tools. You use them to cut and remove sick
or rotting plants, and if you don’t disinfect them afterwards, you can
infect healthy plants when you use it on them next. Get a bucket and
fill it with about ½ gallon of water, and then add ½ a cup of bleach.
Soak your garden tools in it, and then let them air dry. This is also
effective at preventing them from rusting.
9. Cleaning your garbage cans
Even the sturdiest of garbage bags
can rip and leak nasty substances into your bin, leaving it foul and
smelly. When you notice that your trash can is starting to reek, mix
some bleach with hot water, wear some gloves and scrub the walls of the
bin, then pour the remnants into the toilet (bleaching it too) and give
the bin a good rinse.
10. Polishing plastic furniture
Plastic furniture often is
susceptible to grime and bacteria buildups in their nooks and crannies,
making them very hard to clean. The solution is to wear a pair of
gloves, mix ½ a cup of bleach into ½ a gallon of water and use a brush
or a towel to scrub them clean.
11. Disinfecting towels
Got white towels that are turning
beige or starting to smell funky? Soak them in water with a small amount
of bleach, effectively killing any bacteria or mold that may have
formed in the fibers. This is also a good thing to do when a family
member is sick, and you need to disinfect the towels to reduce the
likeliness of infection. Make sure you only use white, 100% cotton
towels, otherwise they’ll turn yellowish.