I dyed a shirt a different color and placed the newly dyed shirt on my bathroom counter top. What a mistake! I tried using every day kitchen/bathroom cleaner. Nothing worked until I scrubbed the dyed area with plain household bleach. The dye came right out!
By Jaci from MO
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I have been using this method for cleaning my shower and kitchen counter tops for years. It also is great in a pinch for small surface cleaning like getting wine or tomato sauce stains out of a white tablecloth.
In a plastic spray bottle mix 1/3 bleach with 2/3's water. Spray shower walls immediately after showering. It cuts down cleaning time in the bathroom once a week.
For white table linens, spray soiled area and wait for stain to fade as it fades blot with a white towel wash as usual. May need to reapply a few times until stain completely lifts. Also works well on stained countertops.
By flipchic56 from Long Island, NY
Editor's Note: Only use on white materials to avoid bleach stains. Test in an inconspicuous place first.
While this is a good idea in theory, there are a few things to keep in mind: If you have pets, this is very harmful to their sensitive respiratory systems. Bleach also breaks down and becomes less effective after an hour and a half. (02/26/2011)
Bleach is a very toxic substance and not recommended for the safety of your children and pets. There are better alternatives out there that are natural and nontoxic. Vinegar, tea tree oil are a couple. (02/26/2011)
Sorry, bleach is a poison and should be restricted. Using vinegar, water and baking soda recipes can be used effectively and safely for humans, pets, and the environment. (02/26/2011)
For stains on any white fabric, I wash in dishwasher detergent. I think the machine soap has lye in it which was always used for whites in the olden days. I have had success with wine, grass stains, blood, fat etc. Do not use on colored cloth. (02/26/2011)
I use vinegar and water mixture in a spray bottle to use as an after shower spray.
To disinfect your counters and other surfaces, you can use bleach but you don't need alot of it. Simply a capful or two max to a large spray bottle filled with water will do the job w/o damage to counters.
For antibacterial/disinfectant properties that are more natural, you can use white vinegar (1/4 cup) or lavender oil (just a few drops - 6) for a large spray bottle filled with water.
Works great. (02/26/2011)