Getting Creative: Alternative Uses for Cleaning Supplies

You have a myriad of cleaning supplies in your home that mostly sit unused until it’s time for a little scrubbing. You can get more bang for your buck when learn a few tricks and alternative uses that make these solutions so much more amazing. Here are three easy ways to use cleaning supplies in ways you might not have imagined.

Pest Control

If you have problems with bugs or other small pests, a large range of cleaners can help manage the problem. Window cleaner, degreasers and other strong solvents are great at driving away bugs. Spray in the cracks and nooks where they like to hide for the best results. Always be careful not to mix cleaners when you do this, as they can produce unexpected and potentially harmful fumes.

Improve Temperature Control

Mixing dish soap with water gives you a solution that will freeze at much lower temperatures or boil much hotter. You can create long-lasting ice packs that are great for portable coolers or longer treatments for injuries. Combine them with a portable fan and you can have an air conditioner anywhere you need it. On the other end of the spectrum, you can keep water from boiling when you need it. Choose your soap with a smell you favor for the best results.

Kill Weeds

Dish soap strikes again. Combining it will salt and vinegar produces a surprisingly effective weed killer that can keep your sidewalks and driveways clear of unwanted growth. The solution is completely safe for pets and kids. Take note, though, that this weed killer will also annihilate grass or other plants that get sprayed, so it is not best to kill weed in the lawn, bushes, garden or flowerbed.

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