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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Home Cleaning Solutions Right from your Cabinet

Home cleaning solutions - I found this article on the internet and thought that these tips were worth a try.  I have seen this before and have tried some of them.

Baking Soda An all-purpose cleaner, baking soda is useful for a variety of cleaning conundrums:

Odor-lifting: Sprinkle some baking soda on the bottom of your garbage bin, or put a jar in your fridge to keep odors away.

Cleaning: Polish silver with one part baking soda, three parts water. Also sprinkle on a rag with warm water to scrub a surface.

Stain Lifting: Pre-treat grease stains by sprinkling baking soda on them directly after the stain occurs. Sprinkle baking soda in the washing machine before you put the load in to increase the chance of getting the stain out.

White Vinegar Its acidity makes it great for removing stains, adding some shine to your windows or glassware and even as a bleach. In the bathroom, vinegar will remove grime around your faucets and tiles. Keep ants away by spraying vinegar along windowsills and doorways. Soaking clothes that smell of smoke in a tub of hot water mixed with a cup of vinegar will get the smell right out.

Lemon Juice Acidic and fragrant, lemon juice can be used to break up soap scum and hard water deposits. Cut up a lemon and rub it along your faucets and hardware to clean away grime. Mix lemon juice with olive oil to create a wood-polishing solution. Throw your lemon rinds in the disposal to clean it out at the end of the day.

Olive Oil Olive oil is great for polishing all kinds of surfaces, including wood, lacquer, stainless steel and brass.

Worcestershire Sauce Do you have any scratches in your wood furniture? Try wiping it down with some good ole’ Worcestershire Sauce before you bring it in for an expensive repair. It might do the trick!

White Bread Bread can absorb oil and stains, so use it to rub out marks on the wall, wallpaper, carpets and artwork.

Club Soda Another all-purpose cleaner, club soda can lift stains and clean countertops. It also works to remove rust stains.

Ketchup Put on a rag and polish copper or brass. Let it sit for a minute and then remove.

Salt Spill something on your counter or stovetop? Pour some salt on the spill immediately; it will absorb the liquid and prevent it from sticking to the surface. The same applies for red wine stains to clothing or tablecloths and napkins.  I am going to try this on a pair of slacks that I spilled red wine on..see if it works.

Corn Starch Sprinkle corn starch onto stovetop or microwave grease stains and let it sit for a few minutes to absorb the grease. Then wipe the stain away. It can also be used to clean your carpets: Mix one part baking soda with two parts corn starch and sprinkle on the carpet before vacuuming.  I bet you could also add something that smells really fresh to this mixture ---like Lavender.

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