MAKE YOU OWN CLEANING SUPPLIES:
Sponge with a
piece of cotton
dipped in rubbing alcohol.
cup baking soda,
2 tbsp corn starch, and 1/4 cup perfumed
talcum powder. Sprinkle
on dry carpet, let stand 5 to 15 minutes, then
to reach spots, slip
a sock over the end of a yardstick and
secure with a rubber band,
then sweep the area. This method works
well for cleaning
radiators and refrigerators also.
with toweling, wash
with suds of liquid dish detergent,
and rinse with 1/2 cup vinegar
diluted in 1 qt warm water. Lay towels or
paper towels over the
spot and weight down to absorb excess
moisture. Let stand 4 to
6 hours, then remove toweling, brush up
nap and allow to dry
completely. To speed drying, use an
small glass bowl with
1/2 cup full-strength ammonia, place in
oven and close. Let stand
overnight, then wipe loosened dirt with
paper towels or newspapers.
If necessary, rub surfaces with a suitable
abrasive, such as
fine steel wool, then wash with warm soapy
water and rinse. Repeat
process if necessary.
Window Glass Cleaner
vinegar to 1 gallon of
water (or 2 tablespoons per quart) OR
1/2 cup sudsy ammonia to 1 gallon water (or 2
1/2 cup sudsy ammonia 2 cups rubbing alcohol 1
dish washing detergent 1 gallon water (This one
is less likely
to freeze in cold weather.)
Pans - Burned, and
Soak or boil a
solution of 2
tbsp baking soda per qt of water in each pan.
Let stand until
particles are loosened, then wash as usual.
Use a mild or moderate
abrasive if necessary.
solution of 1 tbsp vinegar
per qt of water or 2 tsp cream of tartar per
qt of water in each
pan until discoloration disappears.
spots with a mild
or moderate abrasive, such as fine steel wool,
and a dish detergent
until they disappear.
Stained No-Stick Cookware
stains from no-stick
surfaces, pour a solution of 1 cup water, 2
tbsp baking soda
and 1/2 cup chlorine bleach into the pan and
simmer 5 to 10 minutes.
Do not allow mixture to boil or to boil over
the side of the
pan. Wash in hot soapy water, rinse and dry.
Apply a light coating
of cooking oil. (Note: This formula may fade
To keep drains
clear, flush daily
with scalding water. For grease buildup,
dissolve 1 lb washing
soda in 3 gal boiling water and pour down
drain. To avoid burns
from boiling water, hold water container close
to drain and pour
slowly and directly into drain. For heavy
grease buildup, use
a commercial drain opener. Exercise extreme
caution when using
and follow label instructions exactly.
(Commercial drain openers
can be used to clear hair buildup from
bathroom drains, also.)
Dilute 3/4 cup
in 1 gal of water. Apply to tile
and grout and scrub; wipe shower
stall and curtain; rinse thoroughly.
stainless steel, chrome,
fiberglass, ceramic, porcelain or enamel
fixtures, dissolve 2
tbsp baking soda in 1 qt of water.
and Hard Water
full-strength vinegar or
lemon juice and let stand until spot
disappears, then rinse.
Repeat if necessary.
soda dry or as a
thick paste, rub vigorously with a wet sponge,
Pour 1/4 cup
full strength chlorine
bleach OR 1/2 cup full strength ammonia into
bowl. DO NOT
USE BOTH. Swish with a bowl brush and
Fill a basin
with hot water,
and add either 2 tbsp ammonia OR 1 tsp liquid
Drop in combs and brushes and soak 10 minutes,
then use combs
to clean brushes. Rinse thoroughly and air