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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Non-toxic home care

All-Purpose Cleaner: 

Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda into 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water. Store and keep. Use for removal of water deposit
stains on shower stall panels, bathroom chrome fixtures, indows,
bathroom mirrors, etc.

Air Freshener: Commercial air fresheners mask smells and coat nasal  passages to diminish the sense of smell. Baking soda or vinegar with lemon juice in small dishes absorbs odors around the house. Having houseplants  helps too. Prevent cooking odors by simmering vinegar (1 tbsp in 1 cup water)  on the
stove while cooking. To get such smells as fish and onion off 
utensils and cutting boards, wipe them with vinegar and wash in soapy water. 

Bathroom mold: Mold in bathroom tile grout is a common problem and  can be a health concern. Mix one part hydrogen peroxide (3%) with two parts  water in a spray bottle and spray on areas with mold. Wait at least one hour  before rinsing or using shower.

Carpet stains: Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray 
bottle. Spray directly on stain, let sit for several minutes, and clean with  a brush or sponge using warm soapy water.

Dishwasher Soap: Mix equal parts of borax and washing soda, but  increase the washing soda if your water is hard.

Dishwashing Soap: Commercial low-phosphate detergents are not themselves harmful, but phosphates nourish algae which use up oxygen in  waterways. A detergent substitution is to use liquid soap. Add 2 or 3 tablespoons  of vinegar to the warm, soapy water for tough jobs.

Disinfectant: Mix 1/4 cup borax into 1/2 gallon hot water. Use for 
wiping surfaces.

Drain Cleaner: Pour about 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, then  1/2 cup vinegar. The resulting chemical reaction can break fatty acids down  into soap and glycerine, allowing the clog to wash down the drain. After  15 minutes, pour in boiling water to clear residue. Caution: only use  this method with metal plumbing. Plastic pipes can melt if excess boiling  water
is used. Also, do not use this method after trying a commercial drain opener--the vinegar can react with the drain opener to create  dangerous fumes.

Floor Cleaner and Polish: vinyl and linoleum: add a capful of baby  oil to the cleaning water to preserve and polish. wood: apply a thin coat of 1:1 oil and vinegar and rub  in well. painted wood: mix 1 teaspoon washing soda into 1 gallon (4L) hot 
water. brick and stone tiles: mix 1 cup white vinegar in 1 gallon (4L)  water; rinse with clear water. Most floor surfaces can be easily cleaned using a  solution of vinegar and water. For damp-mopping wood floors: mix equal  amounts of white distilled vinegar and water. Add 15 drops of pure peppermint 
oil; shake to mix.

Lime Deposits: You can reduce lime deposits in your teakettle by
putting in 1/2 cup (125ml) white vinegar and 2 cups water, and gently boiling  for a few minutes. Rinse well with fresh water while kettle is still warm.  Metal Cleaners and Polishes:  aluminum: using a soft cloth, clean with a  solution of cream of tartar and water. brass or bronze: polish with a soft  cloth 
dipped in lemon and baking-soda solution, or vinegar and salt 
solution. chrome: polish with baby oil, vinegar, or aluminum foil shiny side  out. copper: soak a cotton rag in a pot of boiling water with 1  tablespoon salt and 1 cup white vinegar. Apply to copper while hot; let cool, then  wipe clean. For tougher jobs, sprinkle baking soda or lemon juice on the  cloth before wiping. gold: clean with toothpaste, or a paste of salt,  vinegar, and
flour. silver: line a pan with aluminum foil and fill with water; 
add a teaspoon each of baking soda and salt. Bring to a boil and immerse  silver. Polish with soft cloth. stainless steel: clean with a cloth dampened  with undiluted white vinegar.

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