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by Rachel Paxton

Have you ever wondered what people used to clean their house before so many different kinds of cleaning products were so readily available on the market?  Many of these ideas are not new and have been around for a long time. 

I have made every attempt to only include instructions that are easy to find and relatively inexpensive ingredients. Please use a little caution and a lot of common sense when trying these preparations out: 

 


Spray Disinfectant
Instead of buying expensive antibacterial sprays for the kitchen, just put about 1 tablespoon of household bleach in a spray bottle filled with water and use it to disinfect around the sink and counters, especially when you've been handling or packaging meat.

Unclog Drain
When your drain is clogged with grease, try pouring a cup of salt and a cup of baking soda down the drain followed by a generous amount of boiling water.  This will usually dissolve the grease
and clear the drain.

Clean Stainless Steel
Use a cloth moistened with rubbing alcohol, club soda, or white vinegar to give your stainless steel a brilliant shine.

Instant Spot Removers
Club soda makes a good instant spot remover.  Pour a little on the stain, let it set for a second or two, and blot with a damp
sponge.

A mixture of 1/2 cup mild dishwashing liquid and 2 cups boiling water makes a great spot remover for carpets.  Apply with a damp
sponge.

Scuff Remover
Black marks left on your floors from the heels of your shoes can
be removed with a pencil eraser.

Remove Spots and Rings from Wood Furniture
Water rings or spots can be removed from wood furniture with a mixture of toothpaste and baking soda applied with a damp cloth.

To clean all types of wood work, make a mixture of 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, 4 tablespoons white vinegar, and 1 quart warm water.  Apply with a soft cloth and dry with a separate, clean
cloth.

Tub Stains
To clean the stubborn stains in your bathtub, make a paste of
hydrogen peroxide and cream of tarter.  Use a toothbrush to rub
it into the stains and rinse thoroughly.

Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom who is the author of What's for Dinner?, an e-cookbook containing more than 250 quick easy dinner ideas.  For recipes, tips to organize your home, home decorating, crafts, and frugal family fun, visit Creative Homemaking at http://www.creativehomemaking.com


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