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Surprising New Use for Old Bleach Bottles

More hidden tricks to get your house sparkling in record time.

By Real Simple Magazine Aug 1, 2012 7:54PM

Bleach Bottle as Cat Litter Scoop

Cut diagonally across the middle of an empty, clean bottle, toss the base, and use the half with the handle to scoop up soil or cat litter.

More New Uses: pets, laundry, recyclable

Tennis Ball as Light Bulb Remover

Remove a hot bulb that’s just burned out, using the other half of the ball.


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Photo: Courtesy of Real Simple.

Aug 21, 2012 9:28PM
A potato cut in half will remove a broken light bulb. Need a pot scrubber! Try a piece of alumimun foil. Squeaky door! Try rubbing it with a bar of soap or use petroleum jelly on the runners. I use my potholders to take out hot light bulbs. Clear sudsy ammonia will clean windows and mirrors, but so will baby shampoo and baby shampoo is recommended for glazed windows. Also let us not forget the many uses for corn starch,. Other than puddings and gravies, it makes a great dusting powder and it great to help soak up spills in carpets. The idea is that the liquid will soak into the corn starch and then you can spoon the corn starch up with the liquid. Then you can vaccumm later as this allows the corn starch to soak up more while refreshing the carpet. Activate Charcoal is not just for the fish bowl. It can be used in your vehicle, bathroom and in the refrigerator. Not the same ones at the same time, but you can reuse this after washing. You can also place it over a clean white cotton dish towel that is sitting over a container. Pour water through this and have clean water to drink.
Aug 21, 2012 11:41PM
Squeaky wood floor? Sprinkle baby powder in the cracks & sweep up the rest!
Aug 22, 2012 3:12AM
Is it just me or are there only two suggestions in this article?  Not very creative either.  A child could figure out the bleach bottle scooper without any help.  "Benjoh" has some better ones though.  The only thing good about this article will come with great suggestions from posters, not the author.  Sorry to sound a little cynical.  Peace!
Aug 22, 2012 3:48AM
Aug 21, 2012 10:39PM

I'm disappointed, this ideal has been around for the longest time. Please, create new, if not multiple ideals. It is ok to include it, but we want new ideals. Thank you.

Aug 22, 2012 3:02AM
Not so surprising works in a pinch for a funnel also
To those people who don't realize. There are children coming up behind you that do not know what you know. Perhaps with all your knowledge, you could give information that would help them instead of knocking someone else for well known advice.
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