Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Frugal Cleaning Products

Baking soda is a great abrasive for cleaning tubs and sinks.  A damp cloth sprinkled with BS will remove grime with little effort.  Follow with bleach and water solution and your tub will be fit for any guest.

Vinegar will remove smells from work clothes when put in the rinse water of the washer.  Vinegar also softens clothes and leaves no smell.

Vinegar applied with newspaper cleans mirrors and windows just as well as a commercially prepared products.

Vinegar in a spray bottle will kill weeds growing in pavement cracks.  It is friendly to the environment, non toxic to humans and animals,  and loads cheaper than commercial products.  Don't forget to label the bottle. Do not dilute.

A splash of bleach (one cap full) poured on a damp cloth will disinfect the phone and other hard non porous surfaces.

A half cup of vinegar added to 4 cups of water - once a month - and run through the coffee maker will prolong the life of the appliance.

Use white vinegar to clean a shower head.  Fill a quart baggie 2/3 full with vinegar and use a rubber band to hold the baggie onto the shower head.  Let stand for an hour or two and remove the bag.  Turn on the shower to clean out the loosened residue.  You can use a scrub brush to loosen any stubborn residue.

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