The Modern Mom
October 15, 2008
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If you’re used to cleaning with vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice, you’re on the right track to going green.  Some of you may not be aware that the things we have at home are much, much cheaper than other household products and they perform just as effectively.  And the best thing about them is, they don’t give off nasty fumes, harm your septic system, or add more garbage to landfills.  Here’s a list of stuff we have at home that we can use for cleaning:

CORNSTARCH.  It is good for absorbing oil and grease spills on clothing, upholstery and leather.  Do it by patting on enough powder to cover stains, as much as possible, try to get them before they set.  Let is sit awhile, then remove using an old clean toothbrush or vacuum.

BAKING SODA.  It can be used for removing stinky odors.  Sprinkle a few tablespoons in the bottom of an empty smelly bag and leave overnight or pour a liberal amount onto a trash bin before putting in a new bag.

CREAM OF TARTAR can be used for removing rust from white porcelain fixtures.  Mix 2 tablespoons of the powder with a few drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide to make a paste.  Then apply to stain and let sit.  When the paste has dried, rinse off.

LEMON JUICE is good for fading stains on unfinished wood.  Just apply it with a cotton swab then air-dry.

3% HYDROGEN PEROXIDE for killing mildew on bath tiles and works best for sanitizing plastic cutting boards.  Do it by sponging over the area then let dry.  Once it has dried, rinse well.  Hydrogen peroxide can cause fading so make sure you wipe out spills immediately.

SALT works best for scrubbing gunk off wooden cutting boards, glass baking dishes and pet bowls.  Put a liberal amount on a damp sponge and wipe.

If you want to erase fingerprints from chrome and stainless steel, use an ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL.  You can also use it for cleaning your cell phone, but please, not the screen.  Just dampen a microfiber cloth with alcohol then wipe the surface.

You’ll save a lot of money with these “home solutions” plus, they are more safe to use and all of them are environment friendly. 🙂

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