5.31.2012

Unusual Uses for Toilet Bowl Cleaner

I don't buy expensive clothes, mainly because most of my clothes wind up with paint, bleach, or some other foreign substance on them. This particular t-shirt was attacked by toilet-bowl cleaner that contained - you guessed it - bleach. I paid approximately $4 for this shirt, so it wasn't a huge loss, but dog-gone-it, it was new and it was green (my favorite color), and I was determined to salvage it. I decided to act like I bleached it on purpose...

Step One: Create a clever design that incorporates the original bleach spots with chalk. (See the bleach spots on the birdie's head?) Be sure to put a board or something inside the shirt so the bleach doesn't bleed through on the back...


Step Two: Put the Offender to use to remedy the situation it so inconsiderately caused in the first place....

(I squirted some of the toilet bowl cleaner out onto a plastic dish and used a CHEAP, JUNKY paintbrush to apply it to my design. The bleach had completely eaten away the bristles of my paintbrush by the end of this project, so don't use a good one...). I decided to use the cleaner rather than straight-up bleach because: A) I already knew it would work to bleach the color out <ahem>, and B) it was in a gel form, so I figured it would be less likely to "bleed" outside of my design than liquid bleach. I was also afraid straight bleach would eat holes in the fabric...

Below, I've painted the gel on, and it's doing its thing....


I let it sit for about 30 minutes until the color was gone, and then I gave it a good rinse in the sink and threw it in the wash. Here's the finished product:



One of the prettier uses for toilet bowl cleaner, I suppose...
;o)

Hope you're having a lovely week. 

23 comments:

  1. That's awesome Beth! So creative! *Anna Tallman

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    1. Thanks, Anna! I was pretty happy with how it turned out... :o)

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  2. Beth - I think you have a winner. Who knew?? I could totally see something like this selling at an art show on on Etsy.

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    1. Thanks, Carrie! Yes, something to think about....

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  3. Wow! this is wonderful. Your design is beautiful. As it happens, once per year our elementary school staff is given opportunity to buy a staff shirt. Last year's tee shirt had all the staff's names on it, which was great, and it was also lime green, a color I like. After only one wearing, I got bleach on it! I absolutely could not wear such a stained shirt to work, so your solution is fantastic. If only I hadn't cut up the shirt and made something else out of it...but knowing me, I'll get bleach on something else soon and now I know what to do. :)

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    1. I can relate - the first time I was wearing this shirt is when I got the bleach on it... I was so annoyed! Fortunately, it worked out in the end, and now it's unique!

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  4. You, my friend, are just ridiculously creative and talented!!! I am ever impressed. =)

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    1. Aw, you're very sweet... thank you!

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  5. Wow, wow, and double wow! The post title was a great hook, and I wasn't disappointed. Clever and beautiful, as always, Beth.

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  6. That is super cute!! It is so creative to turn what many would have thought was going to the trash into something pretty! :)

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer... I was happy to be able to salvage it. :o)

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  7. That is such awesome "lemonade" that I hope you are counting the splash as a blessing for today! I have two favorite items of clothing that were at the back end of a similar accident. Wish I had your talent for drawing. Wonder if I can figure out something that's within my skill level... Hmmm...

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    1. Thanks, De-De! I was glad to be able to do something with it rather than just throw it away. I'm sure you could do something similar with a stencil if you weren't confident about drawing a design... Use chalk first, so you can make sure you like the design before you commit to the bleach!

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  8. i will never look at my toilet bowl cleaner the same way....love your shirt!!

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    1. Haha...Yeah, who knew that you could use toilet cleaner to update your clothes? ;o) Thank you!

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  9. cool idea!!!! Love it ....Thanks :)

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  10. not sure if youll see this since this is an old post but i wanted to know if you noticed the bleach eating through the fabric later on after you did this? i want to do something like this for myself and for my kids but ive seen bleach eat holes in clothes. just want to check.

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    1. I never had any problems with it, but it may be because the toilet bowl cleaner wasn't straight bleach. I'm not sure I'd try putting pure bleach directly on fabric... might want to do some tests on scraps first and see how that works before using on clothing you want to keep. Thanks for stopping by!

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