bleach http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/10137/all en-US White On! 9 Alternative Uses for Bleach http://www.wisebread.com/white-on-9-alternative-uses-for-bleach <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/white-on-9-alternative-uses-for-bleach" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/167972234_a9b0a7b842_z_1.jpg" alt="garden" title="garden" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="145" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You know, bleach is quite a cheap product, coming in at just a few bucks a gallon (or less if you find a generic brand). And while most people use it for cleaning and disinfecting, it&rsquo;s actually way more versatile than you think. In fact, as the first item in the list will show you, when you use your imagination, bleach can be an amazing product.</p> <p>Here, then, are nine really cool uses for bleach. Please take the usual precautions when working with bleach, by using protective gloves (and eyewear if necessary) and keeping the room well ventilated. Also, protect anything else you do not want the bleach to react with; a big bleachy stain on your new carpet is not going to look good! (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/alternative-uses-for-everything-in-your-bathroom">Alternative Uses for Everything in Your Bathroom</a>)</p> <h3>1. &ldquo;Reverse Dye&rdquo; Your T-Shirts</h3> <p>This is by far my favorite alternative use for bleach. I don&rsquo;t know about you, but I have always been extremely cautious around bleach, and I try and wear white t-shirts and old jeans when using it. Sometimes, I have forgotten, and the splashes of bleach can quickly ruin your favorite clothes.</p> <p>But why not turn that negative into a positive, and use bleach to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/no-sew-ways-to-update-your-wardrobe">create stunning t-shirt designs</a> of your own at a fraction of the cost you&rsquo;d pay in stores? All you need are some black (or dark colored) t-shirts, some bleach or a bleach pen, a toothbrush, a spray bottle, and a stencil of your own design. I have a stencil ready for my Batman shirt, and it is going to look killer. And why stop at t-shirts? Regular shirts, jackets, pants &mdash; they could all be treated this way. But if you need some inspiration, check out the designs at this subreddit called <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/bleachshirts">bleachshirts</a>. This is a craze I really hope catches on.</p> <p><sup><img width="605" height="402" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/paul_bleach_shirt.jpg" /></sup></p> <h3>2. A Cure for Smelly, Stinking Feet</h3> <p>I was wary of this one, but I&rsquo;ve found the advice everywhere on the web, including <a href="http://www.ehow.com/how_4473204_prevent-stinky-feet.html">eHow</a>, <a href="http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/stinky_feet.html">Earthclinic</a>, and <a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Foot-Odor">Wikihow</a>. Add about two tablespoons of bleach to a gallon of warm water, and soak your stinky feet in it for about 5-10 minutes a day for a week. That should get rid of the nasty odors. If it dries your feet out, apply baby oil to your feet after you&rsquo;ve rinsed and dried them.</p> <h3>3. Restore White Porcelain to Its Former Glory</h3> <p>Bleach is not just good at bringing your white clothing back to life. You can also restore newer porcelain items (NOT antiques; you could seriously diminish their value). Simply soak paper towels in undiluted bleach, and wrap them around the porcelain item for around 20-30 minutes. Then, rinse in cold water and dry off. Your porcelain should look like new. However, don't try this on a colored porcelain &mdash; you will ruin it. Stay with white only.</p> <h3>4. Keep Those Fresh-Cut Flowers Looking Fresher, Longer</h3> <p>It&rsquo;s hard to believe that something as toxic as bleach could help a living thing thrive, but it can. Well, flowers (once cut) are technically no longer living, so maybe that&rsquo;s why. Just add &frac14; teaspoon of bleach to each quart of water you put in the vase.</p> <h3>5. Weed Killer Extraordinaire</h3> <p>If you have some weeds poking through the patio concrete, your driveway, or your sidewalk, a little undiluted bleach will kill them. Put it in a spray bottle, and fire away. Sometimes, in just minutes, you&rsquo;ll see the offending weeds turn black and die before your very eyes. HOWEVER, it can also do the same to grass, so do not use this on your lawns! Only use bleach on weeds where you are confident you want nothing else to grow.</p> <h3>6. Freshen Up Your Garbage Disposal and Sponges</h3> <p>After a while, a funky smell can start emanating from the garbage disposal or &ldquo;insinkerator&rdquo; in your kitchen. They do sell products that promise to freshen it up, but why fork out extra money when you have a solution ready to use right under the sink? Pour a few capfuls down the sink and let it sit for at least a few minutes &mdash; more if possible. The bleach will kill the bacteria, and the smells will be gone. While you&rsquo;re at the sink, soak your sponges in a mixture of &frac34; cup of bleach with a gallon of hot water. Ensure a thorough rinsing before you use them again.</p> <h3>7. Bring Plastic Furniture Back to Life</h3> <p>If you have kids, you probably have plastic furniture somewhere in the house. And it will be dirty. You may also have <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-to-use-your-outdoor-furniture-inside">plastic garden furniture</a> looking well past its prime. Take 1 gallon of hot water, add &frac12; cup of bleach, and clean it with a cloth or sponge. You should see the revival take place before your very eyes. Then, rinse with clean water several times before letting the kids come back and wreck it again!&nbsp;</p> <p><img width="605" height="454" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/paul_patio_furniture.jpg" /></p> <h3>8. Add a Sparkle to Old Glassware</h3> <p>If your glasses and glass dishes are starting to look a bit cloudy, bleach can help you restore their sparkle and shine. Just add a teaspoon of bleach to hot soapy water and wash them in it, followed by a buffing with a dry kitchen towel.</p> <h3>9. Emergency Water Purification</h3> <p>Drinking bleach? Seriously? Well, it&rsquo;s not as easy as that, and it must be done following strict instructions. But if you do find yourself needing fresh water, perhaps in a natural disaster that stops the flow to your home, then here&rsquo;s what you can do (<a href="http://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/EmergencyPreparednessandResponse/Factsheets/WaterPurification.aspx">courtesy of the Washington State Department of Health</a>):</p> <blockquote><ul> <li>If boiling is not possible, treat water by adding liquid household bleach, such as Clorox or Purex. Household bleach is typically between 5% and 6% chlorine. Avoid using bleaches that contain perfumes, dyes and other additives. Be sure to read the label.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Place the water (filtered, if necessary) in a clean container. Add the amount of bleach according to the table below.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Mix thoroughly and allow to stand for at least 30 minutes before using (60 minutes if the water is cloudy or very cold).</li> </ul> <p><img width="500" height="281" alt="" src="http://i.imgur.com/RVkYS.png" /></p> </blockquote> <p><em>Do you have any other cool and unusual uses for bleach? Let us know. &nbsp;</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/white-on-9-alternative-uses-for-bleach">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-homemade-cleaning-wipes-and-canister">Make Your Own: Homemade Cleaning Wipes and Canister</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-smart-ways-to-use-garage-space">6 Smart Ways to Use Garage Space</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-household-fixes-you-should-stop-paying-others-for">5 Household Fixes You Should Stop Paying Others For</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/secret-lawn-tonic-recipe-from-golf-course-groundskeeper">Secret Lawn Tonic Recipe From Golf Course Groundskeeper</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Home bleach cleaning products clothes emergency cooking Mon, 24 Sep 2012 10:36:43 +0000 Paul Michael 954580 at http://www.wisebread.com Last minute tips for quick and easy homemade Holiday cards. . http://www.wisebread.com/expert-tips-to-help-you-make-your-own-holiday-cards-and-save-a-small-fortune <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/expert-tips-to-help-you-make-your-own-holiday-cards-and-save-a-small-fortune" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3120007195_d072196029.jpg" alt="homemade holiday cards" title="homemade holiday cards" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It happens every year to my family. We think we have all of the Holiday cards done and in the post, and then we get one out of nowhere from someone completely unexpected. If you've ran out of cards, and want a cheaper alternative to those store bought cards, here are some quick tips from the card-making experts.</p> <p>Personally, I hate paying the exorbitant price charged for Holiday cards. A quick a look around Target today revealed some nice packs of cards for 10-20 people, all with the same design, averaging between $10 and $20. Not bad. But when you only need one or two, that's a waste. And as soon as you buy individual cards for that special someone, well that's a different story. The average shoots up to $4 per card. Some were as much as $7! That's not good news for a frugal shopper. You could do the ever popular photo card, but when you want something different and unique without dipping into your pocket, it's time for a little DIY.</p> <p>Now, anyone can make a card with bits and pieces from around the house. But it takes a little more effort to turn a folded piece of card into something that looks cool and says something about you, and of course, the person you're giving it to. I've made plenty of cards over the years using Photoshop, but not everyone has the software or the training to use it. So, what other tips and tricks are out there to turn that humble piece of card into a Holiday treasure? I found a bunch. Use one, use them all, and have fun with them. It's also a great way to get the whole family involved in something that can often be arduous.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.expertvillage.com/video/14035_rubber-stamps-bleach.htm"><strong>Use bleach for that winter effect (and a good second use for a bleach pen).</strong></a><strong><br /> </strong></p> <p><object height="360" width="425" id="ev_player" data="http://cdn-www.expertvillage.com/player-demandstudio.swf?cacheBuster=31967641&amp;flv=80517_rubber-stamps-bleach" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param value="always" name="allowScriptAccess" /> <param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /> <param value="http://cdn-www.expertvillage.com/player-demandstudio.swf?cacheBuster=31967641&amp;flv=80517_rubber-stamps-bleach" name="movie" /> <param value="transparent" name="wmode" /></object></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.expertvillage.com/video/14043_rubber-stamps-glitter.htm"><strong>Glue, a rubber stamp and a little glitter, Simple but effective.</strong></a></p> <p><object height="360" width="425" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="http://cdn-www.expertvillage.com/player-demandstudio.swf?cacheBuster=775650656&amp;flv=80553_rubber-stamps-glitter" id="ev_player"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="movie" value="http://cdn-www.expertvillage.com/player-demandstudio.swf?cacheBuster=775650656&amp;flv=80553_rubber-stamps-glitter" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /></object></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.expertvillage.com/video/62134_holiday-spa-scented-cards.htm">Scented Holiday cards. Annoyingly easy. (Using your homemade card of course.)</a><br /> </strong></p> <p><object height="360" width="425" id="ev_player" data="http://cdn-www.expertvillage.com/player-demandstudio.swf?cacheBuster=776061031&amp;flv=4022_holiday-spa-scented-cards" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param value="always" name="allowScriptAccess" /> <param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /> <param value="http://cdn-www.expertvillage.com/player-demandstudio.swf?cacheBuster=776061031&amp;flv=4022_holiday-spa-scented-cards" name="movie" /> <param value="transparent" name="wmode" /></object></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.expertvillage.com/video/143524_make-christmas-tree-pop-up-card.htm" target="_blank"><strong>How to Make a Christmas Tree Pop-Up Card</strong></a>&nbsp;</p> <div><object height="350" width="425" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="http://cdn-www.expertvillage.com/player-demandstudio.swf?cacheBuster=771947172&amp;flv=143524_make-christmas-tree-pop-up-card" id="ev_player"> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="movie" value="http://cdn-www.expertvillage.com/player-demandstudio.swf?cacheBuster=771947172&amp;flv=143524_make-christmas-tree-pop-up-card" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /></object></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="http://www.metacafe.com/watch/yt-g1_JFV91bRU/origami_wow_christmas_tree_cards/"><strong>A more complex, but way more impressive, origami pop-out card.</strong></a></p> <p><embed height="360" width="425" src="http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/yt-g1_JFV91bRU/origami_wow_christmas_tree_cards.swf" wmode="transparent" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nf1l995NeV4">Another fun pop-out card. Get some plates.</a><br /> </strong></p> <p><object height="344" width="425"> <param value="http://www.youtube.com/v/nf1l995NeV4&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1" name="movie" /> <param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /> <param value="always" name="allowscriptaccess" /><embed height="344" width="425" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/nf1l995NeV4&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1"></embed></object></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzfQ2TMDOp8"><strong>A quick way to turn a regular photo into a Holiday card.</strong></a></p> <p><object height="344" width="425"> <param value="http://www.youtube.com/v/JzfQ2TMDOp8&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1" name="movie" /> <param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /> <param value="always" name="allowscriptaccess" /><embed height="344" width="425" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/JzfQ2TMDOp8&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1"></embed></object></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYTCUI9-t4c"><strong>A simple and unusual closure for this country Christmas card</strong></a></p> <p><object height="344" width="425"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/LYTCUI9-t4c&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1" /> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /> <param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed height="344" width="425" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/LYTCUI9-t4c&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p> <p>Of course, you'll have to hand-deliver these cards now. But if you do have to make a last-minute card in a hurry, hopefully these tips will help. I love the bleach tip, I'll be using that one. Happy Holidays to all.</p><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/expert-tips-to-help-you-make-your-own-holiday-cards-and-save-a-small-fortune">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-soda-tidy-a-room-in-three-minutes-cure-a-hangover-and-become-a-movie-extra-phew">How To Make Your Own Soda, Tidy A Room In Three Minutes, Cure A Hangover And Become A Movie Extra. 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