Save time and money by trying these simple household cleaners!
Mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 1 quart warm water.
Mix 1 cup vinegar with 2 gallons water.
Glass Coffee Pot Cleaner
Place crushed ice, salt and sliced lemons in pot and swirl till clean.
Mix 1/4 cup vinegar with 3/4 cup oil (olive, vegetable, lemon).
Brass, Copper, and Pewter Cleaner
Mix equal parts salt and vinegar, then thicken with flour.
Mix 4 tablespoons baking soda in 1 quart warm water, or use plain baking soda with a wet sponge.
Mix 1/2 cup Borax in 1 gallon hot water.
Mix 3/4 cup chlorine bleach in 1 gallon of cold water.
Clean with rubbing alcohol.
Mix 8 ounces of ammonia with 32 ounces of rubbing alcohol.
Daily Shower Cleaner
1 cup vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon liquid dishwashing soap, and 1/4 cup dishwasher rinse agent.
Baking Soda and Vinegar.
Add 1/2 cup baking soda, then pour one cup of vinegar down drain. Let sit for 20 minutes, then flush with water.
Used cold tea for cleaning any kind of woodwork.
Re-use dryer sheets for dusting instead of the new Pledge or Swiffer cloths.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Drop denture cleaning tablet into bowl and let sit.
Sprinkle baking soda or cornstarch on carpet. Vacuum after 30 minutes.
Mix 2 tablespoons cream of tartar with 1 quart hot water.
Tub and Tile Cleaner
Mix 1/4 cup baking soda with 1/2 cup white vinegar.
Try some of these all natural solutions next time you clean. They are made with products that you probably have on hand, and they are safe to use. I hope that they work as well for you as they have for me!
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