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5 Clorox Bleach Life Hacks

Bleach can solve a few more problems than the barbecue stain on Tim Mcgraw's white t-shirt. I can remember as a kid, the bottle of bleach my grandmother use to keep on her washing machine. The branding of Clorox is classic and often nostalgic for many. Clorox made its debut in the U.S. in 1910, but didn't begin to hit its stride till around 1913. In the spring of 1913 five businessmen invested $100 each to found America's first commercial liquid bleach factory. It was originally called the Electro-Alkaline Company, but due to the popularity of Clorox as a product they decided to change the company's name to Clorox. Thanks to the growth of the country, Clorox was a highly sought by investors and was established as a household name. In the 1930's the company survived the Great Depression. It is also crucial that we point out that although the government allowed companies to water down their products, Clorox has stuck with their convictions making it the highest concentrated household bleach on the market! Fast forward to 2014. Mixer Direct is incredibly thankful to have an American staple like Clorox as a customer. In light of of this we decided to share 5 ways to use bleach in a unique and interesting way.

1. Keep Flowers Alive Longer

Have you ever bought flowers only to see them die faster then you could actually enjoy them? Bleach can actually help keep flowers fresh longer. Add a ¼ teaspoon of Clorox bleach to each quart of water in your vessel it will prevent any weird scents and keep the water clear. According to a lot of people with ample amounts of free time, you are supposed to change the water daily to increase the life of the flowers.

2. Sanitize and Deodorize Dishes

There are not a whole lot of things that are worse than dishes that reek of past meals when you sit down to eat. According the professionals, you are supposed to wash your dishes and utensils first. I'm a man and I know a lot of our readers our men, so when we say wash the dishes, we do not mean that you fill a dish with soap and then watch hot water flow into it until you no longer see any evidence or chunks present. At the ratio of 2 teaspoons of bleach to 1 gallon of water, you can leave the dishes to soak for about 2 minutes before drying them. Make sure to thoroughly rinse.

(disclaimer: If you know that your source of water is hard water with high concentrations of salts and metals, it can react with the bleach. In this instance we do not recommend this method to sanitize or deodorize you dishes)

3. It Neutralizes Harmful Gases

Yes, you heard right. Clorox came to the rescue in World War II. Believe it or not, bleach was highly effective in wartime status because it was able to neutralize enemy gases and actually disinfect wounds. Who knew Clorox would play the rescue role in disaster scenarios?

4. Kill Unwanted Weeds

Here is a no frills simplistic way to get rid of obnoxious weeds. It kind of goes without being said, but step 1 is to buy a bottle of Clorox Bleach. Why you ask? As we mentioned in the intro to this blog, Clorox has the highest concentration among household bleaches on the market. You will also need a decently sized spray bottle. Next, you will want to put your bleach directly into the spray bottle. Make sure you do this in a well ventilated area. We recommend some gloves and a funnel to safely transfer the liquid. Now here is the fun part, spray the weeds directly with the bleach. It helps to concentrate on aiming for the base of the weeds. This should get rid of anything it's path. With that said, make sure you don't spray your wife's rose bush or anything in the community garden. This may take more than one time to get the desire effect.
Also, this spray does not disintegrate the weeds (although that would be cool). This means that you will have to pull the dead weeds once your mission is accomplished. On the bright side, using this method makes it incredibly easy to pull the weed.

5. Make A Household Disinfectant Spray

Tired of spending a good chunk of money on buying household cleaners? We've got a solution for you. You will want to mix this at a 1:10 ratio. This will include about ¼ cup bleach to 2 ¼ cup water. You will want to add the bleach before the water and again used safety precautions like gloves and a well ventilated area. Now for one of our favorite things to do, it's time to mix it up. Seal off you bottle and gently tilt the bottle back and forth to get a good solution. Make sure to keep this spray out of sunlight so it wont become diluted. Lastly, as much as we like chemical reactions as the next person, some of our sources warn against adding vinegar to this mix. This is due to the fact that it will cause harmful fumes. Lastly, use that extra money in your pocket to do something nice for someone you care about.

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