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Old 05-18-2005, 04:08 PM   #21
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Be careful using bleach to clean. Too much bleach will give you a more adverse reaction than too little. Cleaning solutions are 100 parts per million. To make it easy I take a spray btl. put a capful of bleach in swirl it around and spill it out. Then fill the btl. with cool water. Hot water makes bleach evaporate in the steam so you're left with too little. A little tip the Health Dept. taught me.
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Old 05-18-2005, 05:07 PM   #22
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Actually, the label on the bleach bottle will also tell you the concentrations to mix for different uses.
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Old 05-18-2005, 06:30 PM   #23
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If you have white painted woodwork, as I did for many years, pour a little splash of bleach on your wet, soapy rag, and wipe it down...looks freshly painted.
Use about a cup in a bucket of water, along with a bit of detergent, to scrub down your deck. It removes algae and stains very nicely.
Thoroughly wash and rinse empty gallon milk jugs and their lids, fill with tap water, and add a few drops of bleach. Fasten lids tightly and save for emergency drinking water.
If you run out of toilet bowl cleaner, dump in some Clorox... scrub, let it set, scrub again. .
Just DON'T EVER MIX CLOROX WITH AMMONIA! Mixing the two creates noxious fumes that can KILL YOU!
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Old 05-18-2005, 06:49 PM   #24
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as for colored clothes use clorox 2. i use bleach for cleaning countertops, the stove, the sinks, the toilet, my son's bath toys. pretty much everything but the floors.
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Old 05-18-2005, 11:22 PM   #25
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I use bleach to clean my plastic water bottles from work. I put a half inch in the bottom of the bottle and fill the rest of the way with water. Soak and then wash as normal. Bleach is also great for getting iced tea stains out of plastic pitchers. Use the same method as for the plastic water bottles.
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Old 05-19-2005, 12:27 AM   #26
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You don't need to soak cutting boards for a long time to sanatize them. When you step on a bug to kill it ... do you stand there with your foot on it for 30 minutes to make sure it's dead? How about when you wash your hands ... do you keep them soaped up for 30 minutes?

For a wood or plastic cutting board ... just wash them with hot soapy water ... after about 30-seconds rinse the soap off. One trick for a wood board, which might also work for a smooth plastic ... use a metal scraper to scrape food debris off the board before rinsing.

Sanatizing solutions are: 1 Teaspoon bleach in 1 Quart of water - OR - a 1:5 solution of Vinegar and Water (1 part vinegar to 5 parts water).

For my plastic boards ... I wash with Comet (yeah, the stuff you wash your sink and tub with), let them sit for a minute, then rinse and wash with dishwashing soap and let sit for a minute, and then rinse well. For my wood boards, I wash with dishwashing soap, wait a minute, rinse with water and dry with a paper towel, then wipe with straight vinegar.

Using vinegar will solve the problem of bleach fumes around the baby - and eliminates the problem of the child getting into a bottle of bleach later on.
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Old 05-19-2005, 07:30 AM   #27
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crewsk - is Thermos the word you're looking for?
Elf, that's another one I was thinking of but the main one was carafe.
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Old 05-19-2005, 12:14 PM   #28
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You don't need to soak cutting boards for a long time to sanatize them. When you step on a bug to kill it ... do you stand there with your foot on it for 30 minutes to make sure it's dead?
Well, ummmm, yes, I do

The rule of thumb we learned when sanitizing anything was 10 minutes. Squirt it, let it set for 10 minutes, rinse and wipe dry. There is no doubt in my mind that the 30 seconds isn't true - especially if the advice comes from you. As always, thanks for your input. (psssst - and when the 30 minutes is up I let someone else stand on the bug for another 30)
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Old 05-19-2005, 04:02 PM   #29
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elf you're susch a smart a$$... i love you lol
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Old 05-19-2005, 04:35 PM   #30
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I use bleach for my white clothes, about 1/2 cup, I dont notice any difference between using hot or cold water(I've always heard that hot water tends to set stains). I also use bleach in my porcelain sink and throw in my plastic cutting board, kills two birds with one stone. For my wooden cutting board I use hot water, some bleach, and a sponge, then rinse with hot water.

GB, I would definately take care not to have the baby around when your using bleach, the fumes are very strong! Not to mention the fact that you might have some dripping on the floor so if your baby is at the crawling stage, and sticks hands in the mouth, be very careful.
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