Post updated with links to include cleaning items you can still get in stock on Amazon on April 7, 2020.
With the holidays fast-approaching it’s time to get the house in order for your family and guests. One of my secret tools is Clorox bleach. I know many of you have Clorox® in your home, but did you know it has tons of uses? Well, I’m here to help. And just as a caveat, make sure if you’re cleaning with bleach that you don’t wear your favorite shirt or evening gown and you always protect your hands. Some cheap and simple rubber gloves you can pick up from Amazon will be fine! Here’s my 10 favorite ways to clean with Clorox…
1. Sanitize toys.
With the holidays right around the corner, you’ll soon have a bunch of new toys around the house… just in time for cold and flu season. To clean and disinfect: Mix ½ cup of Clorox® Regular-Bleach per gallon of water. Soak pre-washed toys 5 minutes. Rinse and let air dry.
2. Get a cleaner bathroom.
To clean and disinfect a toilet bowl: Flush toilet. Pour ¾ cup of Clorox® Regular-Bleach into bowl. Brush bowl with scrub brush and let stand for 10 minutes. Flush. Clorox provides better value over the competition? One bottle disinfects 33 times more bathtubs than store brand bleach. You can also use Clorox safely on your sinks and faucets and for tougher messes, you can use my favorite sponges that are perfect for scrubbing or for soft surfaces.
3. Freshen your garbage disposal.
Around the holidays it seems I always have people shoving stuff down my sink that I don’t even know about. But later I always find out when I start to get a weird smell in the kitchen. To fix this pour ¾ cup of Clorox® Regular-Bleach into drain while running disposal and water.
4. Disinfect doorknobs.
With all of the cold and flu viruses spreading like crazy this time of year, sanitize your home by wiping down all of your doorknobs.
5. Sanitize your cutting boards.
Nothing freaks me out more than raw chicken on a cutting board, especially if you have a wood cutting board like my favorite one I like to use. To clean and sanitize: Mix 2 tbsp of Clorox® Regular-Bleach per gallon of water. Pour solution over pre-washed cutting board and let stand for 2 minutes. Rinse with 2 tsp of this product per gallon of water. Do not rinse or soak overnight.
6. Clean your kitchen.
There are a bunch of other places where you can use Clorox in your kitchen: your countertops (I use the Clorox® Anywhere® Hard Surface™ Daily Sanitizing Spray everyday), appliances, sink, faucet, floors and even the garbage can. This is your best tool for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting your kitchen, plus it’s a lot cheaper than buying 15 different cleaning products! The best part is even if you have painted kitchen cabinets like ours, cleaning them with bleach won’t hurt the painted surface! Just use a microfiber cloth so you can make sure that you get rid of the dust as well that is so sneaky about accumulating.
7. Keep your flowers fresher longer.
Not even kidding. Did you know if you drop 1/4 teaspoon of clean in a quart of vase water you can ensure the water stays clear and free of that nasty smell that starts to brew after the flowers bloom? Try it!
8. Tackle the trash cans.
Trash cans can get pretty grimy and dirty, both outside and inside. To disinfect, spray Clorox® Clean-Up® Cleaner with Bleach until thoroughly wet. Let stand for 5 minutes. Then rinse and wipe clean. For heavily soiled areas, a pre-cleaning is required.
And a quick tip: Place a batch of extra garbage bags like these at the bottom of the trash can. Take out the trash, and you’ve got a replacement bag waiting for you!
9. Those everyday items you touch.
I wrote a whole separate post on 15 things you should be cleaning more often. It’s crazy to think some of the things we touch and handle every single day are the things we clean the least. I’m talking about cell phones, tablets, remote controls, handles to the fridge and microwave, and more.
10. Deep clean your washing machine.
I know you use Clorox to get brighter, fresher whites, but did you know you can also use it to clean your washing machine? Washing machines collect a lot of dirt and soil during the laundry load. Most debris is washed away with the water in each load, but over time a buildup of dirt can occur. That’s where Clorox® Washing Machine Cleaner comes in handy.
For HE Washers with a “Maintenance Cycle” or “Clean Out Cycle”:
- Select the “Maintenance Cycle” or “Clean Out Cycle”
- Fill the machine bleach dispenser to the maximum level with Clorox® Washing Machine Cleaner.
- Allow the washer to run a complete cycle on hot water to freshen the machine.
So, anything I forgot to add to this list?
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