Homemade Soft Scrubber
This non-abrasive scrub disinfects and helps eliminate mold.
1/4 cup borax
Vegetable-oil based liquid soap
1/2 teaspoon lemon oil
In a small bowl, mix the borax with enough soap to form a creamy paste. Add the lemon oil and blend well. Scoop a small amount of the mixture onto a sponge, wash the surface, and rinse well.
Herbal Carpet Freshener
Commercial air and carpet deodorizers mask odors by deadening the nerves associated with your sense of smell. Opt for this easy formula and open a window instead.
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup lavender flowers
Crush the lavender flowers to release their scent. Mix well with baking soda and sprinkle liberally on carpets. Vacuum after 30 minutes.
No-Streak Glass Cleaner
Use crumpled newspaper instead of paper towels for lint-free results.
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 quart warm water
Mix the ingredients and apply with a sponge. Wipe dry, buffing to a shine.
Non-Toxic Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Clean and sanitize without harmful chlorine! For no-scrub convenience, simply pour in and leave overnight.
1 cup borax
1/2 cup white vinegar
Flush to wet the sides of the bowl. Sprinkle the borax around the toilet bowl, then drizzle with vinegar. Leave for several hours before scrubbing with a toilet brush.
Drain and Disposal Cleaner
Slow drains? Use this drain cleaner once a week to keep drains fresh and clog-free.
1/2 cup baking soda
1 cup white vinegar
1 gallon boiling water
1/2 a used lemon
Pour baking soda down drain, followed by vinegar. Allow the mixture to foam for several minutes before flushing the drain with boiling water. To eliminate odors in your garbage disposal, drop the used lemon in and run the disposal until the lemon is pulverized.
Spotless Dishwasher Rinse
Spot-free dishes without chemical rinsing agents!
1 cup white vinegar
Add the vinegar to the rinse compartment of your automatic dishwasher. Be careful not to overfill. Wash dishes as usual.
Written by: Kim Erickson
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