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Green Cleaning Tips using Common Products & Items


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When we were getting ready ready to put the house on the market, I found these cleaning tips to be quite useful and effective.   Give them a try.   Their use fits into a GREEN way of life.
 

Vinegar
It is an acid so it works wonders at removing scum, tarnish or mineral deposits.
  • 1/4 cup Vinegar + 2 cups water + a drop or two of liquid soap make an excellent window cleaning solution.  Pour solution in spray bottle.  I used newspaper to clean the windows.   Worked well.
Cooking Oil - yes, I say cooking oil
I found that Natural oils, such as vegetable oil or Sunflower oil, were great for scratches on wood furniture.  Just a little dab and like magic the scratch disappears.
  • Found this recipe for Furniture Polish:  mix 2 cups olive or vegetable oil with the juice of 1 lemon. Use a baby diaper (clean of course) to apply.   Furniture will glow and scratches will disappear.
  • It worked well to clean hands after a day of painting.  Just rub and wash thoroughly in warm water.   Leaves your hand soft too -- added bonus.
Borax
  • Worked great in the kitchen to clean cabinet. Mix cup borax in 1 gallon hot water.  Put liquid into a spray bottle or leave in a bowl. Apply directly to cabinet.
  • Also used to clean the baseboards around the house.
Ketchup
  • Apply to a clean cloth and apply to copper and/or brass fixtures.   Will leave like new.
Lemons
  • Cut a lemon in half.  Drop in one half in the garbage disposal.  Run for a few seconds.  Repeat with the other half. Leaves the disposal clean and make the kitchen smell good. 
  • Mix lemon juice with 2 teaspoons cream of tarter to make a paste.  Using a toothbrush, apply to grout.  Rinse.   Stains in grout disappear.
  • Mix lemon juice with salt when you want an abrasive cleaning agent.

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