Thank you, Clorox, for sponsoring today’s post and sharing these cleaning hacks with us! As always, all opinions are my own.
Okay, let’s be honest here, who’s having a hard time with this whole adulting thing?!
I know I can’t be the only one.
Joe and I have officially been living in our new house for a whole year now, and no, this whole cleaning thing hasn’t gotten a lot easier.
I was used to having to clean a two bedroom apartment. That, I could deal with. But as much as I love our 4-bedroom house, dude- there’s something new to clean every second I turn around!
And this, my friends, is where Clorox® Regular-Bleach comes in handy.
I used to think that bleach was only something you used when you stained a white shirt or something.
But turns out, there’s a ton of different things you can clean with bleach, and that makes my heart happy because I only need ONE product to get all this stuff done.
So here are a few different uses for bleach that you may not have heard of.
1. Shower Mold & Mildew
I love me some good shower time. It’s one of the things I look forward to the most as soon as I get home. But next time you’re in the shower, check the grout in there, and if it’s looking semi-black, um…you gotta do something about that, because that’s mold, and that’s no bueno, people.
Here’s how to do it:
2. Smelly Trash Can
I can’t even begin to tell you how much of a pet peeve of mine this is. I CANNOT stand to walk through my kitchen and smell something fierce coming out of my trash can. Usually it’s because there’s something rotten in there, but other times it’s just been the smell of the actual trash can itself. So in case you didn’t know, you really ought to CLEAN your trash can, and with a little help from Clorox, it’s super easy to do.
- Wash your garbage can with soapy water and rinse
- Then to deodorize and sanitize, swish 1⁄2 cup of Clorox® Regular-Bleach and 1 gallon of water of the inside of the trash can
- Let the solution stand for 5 minutes before rinsing
- Aaaand you’re done. See? Not bad at all.
3. Cutting Boards
I have about 7 different cutting boards, and I use them all the time. But when you’re prepping a whole bunch of different foods on them, especially raw meat and stuff, your cutting boards need to be sanitized.
To sanitize plastic cutting boards, first wash them with liquid dishwashing detergent and water. Then, soak them in a solution using 2 teaspoons of Clorox® Regular-Bleach per gallon of water. Let stand for 2 minutes, and then have them air dry.
To sanitize wooden cutting boards, use approximately 2 tablespoons of Clorox® Regular-Bleach per gallon of water to create a sanitizing solution. Wash, wipe, or rinse with dishwashing detergent and water, and then apply the solution. Let stand for 2 minutes, and then rinse with a solution of 2 teaspoons of Clorox® Regular-Bleach per gallon of water.
This’ll give you a good idea of how to do it:
4. Kitchen Counters
My kitchen counter is a hot mess. We throw everything on our counter and that’s also where our cat seems to like to hang out the most. Needless to say, we’re constantly cleaning that surface because, ew- germs. Again, super easy with Clorox Bleach.
5. Sink, Tub, and Toilet
I think it probably goes without saying, but my bathroom is my least favorite room to clean. I mean, I’m not a terribly filthy person, but man, my bathroom just seems to get super dirty, really fast. Use a ½ cup of bleach in 1 gallon of water and apply the solution to your tub, toilet, and sink for a good 5-10 minutes. After that, rinse and clean with water and let it all dry.
Use On Flowers, Too!
Whenever Joe buys me flowers, they usually die after about a day or two because I don’t have a green thumb, and I kill most plants just by looking at them. But I’ve started adding bleach to them now because the bleach helps keep fresh cut flowers alive a little longer. Add ¼ teaspoon of bleach to each quart of cold water. That’s it. And if I can do it, you can too.
So what do you think? Are you gunna give any of these a try? Any other cleaning hacks you know about? Let us know in the comments because we need all the help adulting that we can get!
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