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My new friend: Clorox Cleanup

My Bleach Friend Say hello to my little friend.

No, this isn’t a paid endorsement or anything. And I won’t pretend it’s necessarily environmentally friendly. It may be frugal, however. But mostly I like it because it works.

For some reason, the three windows on the North side of our apartment were getting slightly moldy/mildewy on the sills. Three different rooms, and none of the other windows in the same rooms were effected. I know not why.

What I do know is that Micah had this Clorox Clean-Up (with bleach) before we were married. He decided to try it on the mold. It worked perfectly. Completely gone.

We then tried it on the shower curtain, which was looking a little gunky. Again, worked perfectly. Now our shower curtain looks as good as new (and that may mean it’s frugal…because we don’t have to buy a new one).

So there you have it. I don’t think I’ll be using it much, I favor some other cleaners. But when I need to pull out the big guns, this is my secret weapon. (Take that, Tony Montana’s bazooka…or whatever that was.)

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Curtis February 20, 2008 at 4:10 pm

As a remodeler of old houses, I might suggest that mold obviously grows due to moisture. North facing windows can take a beating in the winter and makes a tough job for the cauking. I’d let the landlord know what you did and that they should consider stripping and replacing the caulking around the windows on the outside before the water damage get’s any worse.

Scott February 20, 2008 at 4:26 pm

North side=no sun. Now you know why.

Hilda February 20, 2008 at 4:37 pm

I use those, too. But only when I get desperate and my usual vinegar-baking soda mixture won’t work. As you said, this is the big gun.

David February 20, 2008 at 4:59 pm

Tea tree oil works just as well as bleach on mold and mildew, and it’s not toxic at all. πŸ™‚

Master Your Card February 20, 2008 at 6:47 pm

As it turns out, you’re not the only one with good things to say about CC πŸ™‚

LJ February 20, 2008 at 8:23 pm

I love the Clorox Cleanup too, but only use it sparingly. I do have a ton of little ones running around, so too much chemical stuff won’t be good.

Take Care


kim February 20, 2008 at 9:05 pm

I use watered down bleach on mold, it is a big stinkier but cheap and it works πŸ™‚

~Dawn February 20, 2008 at 9:54 pm

@David –
How is an essential oil going to help clean mold or work as well as a bleach?

Funny about Money February 20, 2008 at 11:57 pm

Interesting. We old bats used to apply plain ordinary old Clorox to just about anything. You can dilute the stuff so it’s not quite so fierce — works great on mold and mildew just about anywhere.

Just be REALLY careful not to mix CC or Clorox or anything else containing chlorine (such as Comet) with any cleansers (such as Windex) containing ammonia. Mega-toxic! To be safe, it’s wise not to apply any kind of cleanser, period, around an area where you’ve recently used a chlorinated cleanser.

Christine February 21, 2008 at 10:13 am

Promise you won’t inhale while you use that. You remember what the first nerve gas was made from, right?

mrsmicah February 21, 2008 at 10:25 am

Yes, Christine, I won’t inhale. I promise. πŸ˜‰
We opened all the windows and such.

Grace February 21, 2008 at 11:43 am

I can’t believe I’m about to give a cleaning tip, but maybe I HAVE learned something in my 58 years avoiding housecleaning: you can get your plastic shower curtains/liners really clean by washing them in a washing machine with 1 cup of laundry detergent and 2 cups of bleach. If you’re worried about the bleach smell, add 1 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle. This gets them a lot cleaner than just spraying and wiping.

Chief Family Officer February 21, 2008 at 11:55 pm

Thanks for suggesting this. I am going to try it in our shower. I’m tired of all the scrubbing, and vinegar just isn’t getting the job done!

Greg W. June 9, 2009 at 2:01 am

Just a little tip for you people looking to save money. Clorox Clean-up “With Bleach” can be made at home. Clorox Clean-up is nothing but bleach water. That’s right, there is nothing in the Clorox Clean-up “With Bleach” formula except for water and plain old household bleach. (Sodium Hypchlorite, Sodium Hydroxide, and water) Check the Material Safety Data Sheets on the Clorox website. Household Bleach is 6% concentration of Sodium Hypochlorite (bleach), and Clorox Clean-up is roughly 1% concentration. I recommend that you refill your bottle of Clorox Clean-up with 5 parts water and 1 part bleach. Replace the cap and shake a few times. You can make about 50 bottles of Clorox Clean-up with a single 2-dollar bottle of plain old bleach. Enjoy!

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