Cleaning supply hacks you’ve never thought of

There are thousands of cleaning supplies on the market, and if you’re like most households, you probably own a couple dozen of them.  After discovering a product that doesn’t work, or simply discovering ones that you like better, it’s easy to collect a lot of half-full bottles.  Instead of throwing them out, try some of these off-label uses.

Bleach

Unclog your air conditioner.  Pouring bleach through your condenser pipe will kill any bacteria living in this dark pipe and flush out any clogs.  Try to do this about once a year to prevent your pipes from freezing.

Kill bed bugs.  Make a mixture of equal parts bleach and water to kill and repel bedbugs. Be careful, though, this will bleach your mattresses.

Ammonia

Kill weeds.  Spray ammonia-based products onto the base of the plant you want to kill and wait a few days.  The product will burn the roots, causing the plant to die.  Only use this in areas where you don’t want anything new to grow since repeated use will eventually poison the soil.

Bug spray.  Ammonia will repel or kill bugs.  Spray them around entry points to your home to repel ants and other food-seeking insects.

Scouring Powder

Clean jewelry.  Cleansers such as Comet and Soft Scrub can remove tarnish from silver and pewter just as easily as they remove it from bathtubs and countertops.

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