All purpose Cleaners:
Oven Cleaners: Scrub with a paste of baking soda, salt, and water. Then leave 1/4 c. Lemon juice in the oven overnight and wipe away any remaining grease the next morning. Ventilate the kitchen and avoid breathing in fumes.
Oven spill remover: Sprinkle salt on the spill immediately. Let the oven cool a few minutes, then scrape the spill away and wash the area clean with water.
Window and glass cleaner: Measure 3 tbl of lime juice, 1 tbl white vinegar and 3/4 cup of water into a clean spray bottle, which you can then spray on windows. Wipe clean and dry with a cotton cloth or paper towel.
Scouring powder: use a solution of vinegar, salt and water, or use baking soda and water. apply with a sponge and wipe clean.
Toilet bowl cleaner: pour 1/2 c. white vinegar and 3 tbl of baking soda into the toilet bowl, let stand for 30 minutes, scrub and flush
Ceramic tile Cleaner: Mix 1/4 cup white vinegar into a gallon of warm water and apply with a sponge.
Disinfectants: use 1/2 cup borax dissolved in hot water and apply with a sponge. Use Sodium carbonate (washing soda) in clothes washer in place of commercial detergents.
Furniture polish: mix 2 parts vegetable or olive oil with one part lemon juice. Apply this mixture to the furniture with a soft cloth and wipe dry
Brass polish: polish with Worcestershire sauce (never done this one)
Copper polish: soak in vinegar and salt solution and wipe clean
Silver polish: soak in a quart of warm water containing 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, and a piece of aluminum foil. use a soft bristle toothbrush to remove stains.
Set stain removal: dab with white vinegar
non-set stain: sponge up or scrape off as much as possible immediately. rub with club soda followed by cold water.
Butter gravy, chocolate or urine stains: dab with a cloth dampened with a solution of 1 tsp white vinegar and 1 quart cold water.
Grease stains: rub with a damp cloth dipped in borax, or apply a paste of cornstarch and water. Let it dry and brush the mixture off.
Ink stains: wet the fabric with cold water and apply a cream of tartar and lemon juice mix. let it sit for an hour and then wash as normal
Red wine stains: clean immediately with club soda, or dab out excess moisture with an absorbent cloth and sprinkle salt on the stain. let stand 7 hours and then brush or vacuum away.
Drain and garbage disposal cleaning
drain cleaner: pour boiling water down your drain weekly.
to unclog drains: pour in 1/2 c. baking soda followed by 1/2 c. vinegar. cover and wait for several minutes. then flush with boiling water.
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