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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Last Segment of our Natural Cleaners Series

I've so enjoyed bringing you some more natural and cost-effective cleaners that you can make yourself at home, and I certainly hope you've enjoyed them (and used them!), as well! This last segment includes a few random items probably lying around your house that you can use in a few surprising ways!
White Bread - dust an oil painting with a slice of white bread by gently dabbing it over the painting. It will pick up dirt & grime!
Ketchup - You can remove tarnish on copper and brass cookware with this! Just squeeze some ketchup onto a cloth and rub onto your pots & pans. Within minutes, you'll see the coppery finish return. Rinse with warm water and dry.
Rice - Ever wonder how you can clean the inside of a narrow vase? Just fill the vase 3/4 of the way full, toss in a tablespoon of rice, & shake vigorously. Dump out and rinse.
Oatmeal - Scrub dirty hands with your own oatmeal & water paste. Rinse.
Tea - Scour rusty gardening tools with a few pots of strong black tea. Just toss the tools into a bucket and let soak for a few hours. With gloves on (you don't want your hands to get stained!), remove each tool and wipe clean.
Glycerin - Use this to remove stuck-on candlewax drippings from your candlestick holders. Peel or chip off as much wax as possible first (I advise placing in freezer first - this seems to work wonders!), then moisten a cotton ball with glycerin and wipe off until clean.
Cornstarch - use this to clean grease spills from carpets; simply pour the cornstarch onto the spot and let sit 15-30 minutes; vacuum.
Club Soda - Use to make your stainless steel sink shine; just moisten a cloth with some club soda and buff away. Wipe dry with a different cloth afterwards.
Hydrogen peroxide - You can disinfect a keyboard with this stuff by dipping a cotton swab into it to fit into the small spaces between the keys.
Rubbing Alcohol - From finished wood floors or solid-surface countertops, you can remove permanent marker stain by applying a cotton ball that's been doused with rubbing alcohol.

Ideas are courtesy of Real Simple magazine.