Cleaning Products

These are inexpensive and healthy alternatives to the pre-made products you would otherwise buy at the store.

Bathroom

  • To Kill Mold: Mix one part Hydrogen Peroxide and two parts Water in a spray bottle. Leave on for at least one hour before rinsing or showering.

Carpet

  • To Remove Stains: Mix equal parts White Vinegar and Water in a spray bottle and spray directly on the stain until it is well-saturated. Wait several minutes and clean with a brush or a sponge and warm, soapy water.
  • For Grease Spots: Sprinkle Corn Starch onto spot. Vacuum after about 20 minutes. Repeat if needed.

Air Fresheners

  • Baking Soda left in small dishes around the house will absorb odors.
  • Vinegar with Lemon Juice will do the same.
  • Fresh Coffee Ground left in an open container on the counter will absorb cooking odors and make your kitchen smell like fresh coffee.
  • Fresh, cut Flowers from your garden always make a big difference.

Metal Cleaners and Polishes

  • Stainless Steel – White Vinegar or Olive Oil on a soft cloth
  • Silver – Line a pan with Aluminum Foil. Fill pan with Water and 1 teaspoon each of Salt and Baking Soda. Bring to a boil, and dunk silver. Wipe dry with a soft cloth.
  • Gold – Make a paste out of Flour, Vinegar and Salt
  • Copper – Sprinkle half of a Lemon with Salt and use as a scrubber.
  • Chrome – Polish with Baby Oil.
  • Brass or Bronze – Polish with Ketchup.
  • Aluminum – Clean with a mixture of Cream of Tartar and Water.

Kitchen

  • Use Baking Soda as a scouring powder.
  • To clean your oven, make a paste out of 3/4 cup Baking Soda, 1/4 cup Salt, and 1/4 cup Water. Spread on interior oven surfaces and leave on overnight. Remove with a scraper or spatula and wipe clean.
  • Remove lime deposits from your teakettle or coffee pot by filling with¬†1/2 cup Vinegar and 2 cups boiling Water. Let sit for 5 minutes, swirl around, and let sit for 5 more minutes. Dump out water and vinegar and rinse.
February 9, 2016