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Thread: Cleaning Hints
04-09-2008, 02:13 PM #1Barbara HGuest
Borrowed from another group Buy the cheapest liquid dish washing detergent that you can find, add a
few tablespoons of vinegar to the dish water first. The vinegar cuts the
grease and leaves the dishes sparkling clean.
When you empty all of liquid laundry detergent, place the container in
the bathroom. Then when you need to do hand washing like hose or
lingerie run hot water in the detergent container to use whatever soap
is left inside the container VERY HANDY!
Soap. Regular cleaning with plain soap and hot water will kill some
bacteria Keep things dry. Mold, mildew and bacteria cannot live without
Borax has long been recognized for its disinfectant and deodorizing
properties. Mix 1/2 cup Borax into 1 gallon hot water and clean with
this solution. Isopropyl Alcohol. This is an excellent disinfectant.
Sponge and allow to dry. (It must dry to do its job.) Use in a
ventilated area and wear gloves.
Decal and Gummed Label Remover: Vinegar. To remove non slip appliques
and strips from bathtubs, saturate a cloth or sponge and squeeze hot
vinegar over decals. Vinegar also removes stick-on hooks from painted
walls. Saturate a cloth or sponge with vinegar and squeeze the liquid
behind the hook so that the vinegar comes in contact with the adhesive.
In addition, vinegar can be used to remove price labels and other decals
from glass, wood and china. Paint the label or decal with several coats
of white vinegar. Give the vinegar time to soak in and after several
minutes the decal can be rubbed off.
Concrete Grease Spot Remover: To remove grease from concrete flooring
sprinkle dry cement over grease. Allow it to absorb the grease, then
Coffee Stains: To remove coffee stains from cups or counters rub with
baking soda paste. For stubborn stains rub a drop of chlorine
into the affected area until the stain disappears then wash immediately
with hot soapy water to prevent fading and rinse well.
Cobwebs: For hard 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 under radiators and refrigerators also.
Ceramic Tub And Tile Cleaners: Baking Soda. Sprinkle baking soda like
you would scouring powder. Rub with a damp sponge. Rinse
thoroughly.Vinegar and Baking Soda. To remove film buildup on bathtubs,
apply vinegar full-strength to a sponge and wipe with vinegar first.
Next use baking soda as you would scouring powder. Rub with a damp
sponge and rinse thoroughly with clean water.
Vinegar. Vinegar removes most dirt without scrubbing and doesn't leave a
film. Use 1/4 cup (or more) vinegar to 1 gallon water. Baking Soda. To
clean grout, put 3 cups baking soda into a medium-sized bowl and add
cup warm water. Mix into a smooth paste and scrub into grout with a
sponge or toothbrush. Rinse thoroughly and dispose of leftover paste
Bathroom Bowl Cleaners: Toilet Bowl Cleaner IF YOU DO USE BLEACH TO
CLEAN YOUR TOILET BOWL, NEVER MIX BLEACH WITH VINEGAR, TOILET BOWL
CLEANER, OR AMMONIA.The combination of bleach with any of these
substances produces a toxic gas which can be hazardous. Baking Soda and
Vinegar. Sprinkle baking soda into the bowl, then drizzle with vinegar
and scour with a toilet brush. This combination both cleans and
Borax and Lemon Juice. For removing a stubborn stain, like toilet bowl
ring, mix enough borax and lemon juice into a paste which can cover the
entire ring. Flush toilet to wet the sides, then rub on paste. Let sit
for 2 hrs and scrub thoroughly. For less stubborn toilet bowl rings,
sprinkle baking soda around the rim and scrub with a toilet
Baking Dishes Enamel, Ceramic or Glass: Soak in hot soapy water, then
scour with salt or baking soda and rinse thoroughly. All Purpose
Cleaner: Vinegar and Salt. Mix together for a good surface cleaner.
Baking Soda. Dissolve 4 tablespoons baking soda in 1 quart warm water
for a general cleaner. Or use baking soda on a damp sponge. Baking soda
will clean and deodorize all kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
Candles: Sponge with a piece of cotton dipped in rubbing alcohol.
Club soda--removes stains, cleans sinks.
Dirty Microwave? Dissolve a spoonful of baking soda in a glass measuring
cup filled with water, then place the cup in your microwave and heat on
full pwer for two mins.The steam it creates will loosen any spills
inside your oven. Remove the cup and wipe the oven.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner: 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 flush.
Tea Stains: To remove tea stains from cups or counters, rub with baking
soda paste. For stubborn stains, rub a drop of chlorine bleach into the
affected area until the stain disappears, then wash immediately with hot
soapy water to prevent fading and rinse well.
Soap Scum Remover: Apply baking soda dry or as a thick paste, rub
vigorously with a wet sponge, then rinse.
Stained No-Stick Cookware: To remove stains from no-stick surfaces, pour
a solution of 1 cup water, 2 tbs. 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 dark-colored surfaces.)
Sticky Labels: Cover label with a cloth or sponge saturated with warm
vinegar and let stand. When the label is saturated, it should
without scraping or causing damage. Rinse. (Note: Use this method only
on washable surfaces and washable paint.) To remove labels from plastic,
dab with dry
cleaning fluid, then rub. Wipe away any excess fluid and wash plastic
immediately in hot soapy water (dry-cleaning fluid may dull the finish
of plastic). If labels on plastic have been wet or the article has been
stored in a hot, damp area, the label will be more difficult to remove.
Telephone Cleaner: Sponge with a piece of cotton dipped in rubbing
alcohol. Rust Stain and Hard Water Deposit Remover: Apply full-strength
vinegar or lemon juice and let stand until spot disappears, then rinse.
Repeat if necessary.
Scouring Powder: The amount of chlorine in scouring powder is usually
not significant enough to cause harm. If you want to totally avoid
chlorine or are sensitive to it follow this recipe.Non-Chlorine Scouring
Powder Baking Soda or Dry Table Salt.
Both of these substances are mild
abrasives and can be used as an alternative to chlorine scouring
powders. Simply put either baking soda or salt on a sponge or the
surface you wish to clean and then scour and rinse.
Refrigerators: To clean exterior and interior walls, dissolve 2 tbs.
baking soda in 1 qt warm water and wipe all surfaces. For stubborn
spots, rub with baking soda paste. Be sure to rinse with a clean, wet
cloth. (This works well on other enamel finished appliances as well.) To
clean interior fixtures, such as vegetable bins and shelves, wash in hot
soapy water, rinse well and dry.
Rust Remover: Peeled Potatoes and Baking Soda or Salt. To remove rust
from tin-ware, rub with a peeled potato dipped in a mild abrasive such
as baking soda or salt.
Aluminum Foil. Briskly scrub rust spots on car bumpers with a piece of
crumpled aluminum foil, shiny side up. Also works well on the chrome
shafts of golf
Plumbing Fixtures: To clean stainless steel, chrome, fiberglass,
ceramic, porcelain or enamel fixtures, dissolve 2 tbsp baking soda in 1
qt of water
Porcelain Cleaner: Cream of Tartar. To clean porcelain surfaces, rub
with cream of tartar sprinkled on a damp cloth. Works well on light
Pots and Pans: Burned, and Crusted on Foods Soak or boil a solution of 2
tbs 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. Grease: Rub greasy spots with a mild or moderate
abrasive, such as fine steel wool and a dish detergent until they
Lime And Mineral Deposit Remover: Vinegar and Paper Towels. Hard lime
deposits around faucets can be softened for easy removal by covering the
deposits with vinegar-soaked paper towels. Leave the paper towels on for
about one hour before cleaning. Leaves chrome
clean and shiny.
For Plastic and Metal Shower Heads: Vinegar. To remove deposits which
may be clogging your metal shower head, combine 1/2 cup white vinegar
and one quart water. Then completely submerge the shower head and boil
15 mins. If you have a plastic shower head, combine 1 pint white vinegar
and 1 pint hot water. Then completely submerge the shower head and soak
for about one hr.
Mildew Remover: Dilute 3/4 cup chlorine bleach in 1 gal of water. Apply
to tile and grout and scrub; wipe shower stall and curtain; rinse
thoroughly. To get nasty soap scum and dirt off your tub or shower, put
a little baby oil in a spray bottle and mix with water (1 part baby oil
to 4 parts water). Spray mixture on a section and wipe off with a
sponge. When you're done, spray with a disinfectant cleaner to make sure
all germs are killed. Keep a bottle of vinegar within easy reach. When
your stove, counter tops, walls or anything else
becomes spattered with
grease, spray and wipe clean dry rag.
Vinegar cuts the grease and leaves a nice shine. Instead of buying
expensive lime removers for the toilet and other bathroom fixtures try
hydrogen peroxide first, it can do the job for a fraction of the price.
When cleaning stainless steel counter tops, ranges or sinks, use club
soda You can buy a small bottle of generic or store brand club soda for
about 50cents and it cleans like a charm and dries to a gleam without
streaks or spots. Don't throw away flat club soda; even flat, it still
works to clean stainless steel or spots spilled on the carpet. Always
spray your grill with non-stick cooking spray before grilling to avoid
To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or
two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a
boil on stove-top~skillet will be much easier to clean now! To aid
washing dishes, add a tablespoon of baking soda to your soapy water it
softens hands while cutting through grease!
01-25-2016, 06:49 PM #2
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Re: Cleaning Hints
The faucets in what I still call "Mom's bathroom" were just horrible with build up because she never wiped them up and I finally gave up. I was already diagnosed with MCS and too sick to do more than handle surface cleaning to make sure we wouldn't die or be embarrassed for what a casual observer might see. I can't tolerate any of the commercial cleaners others use. So they were crudded up way they were when Mom died. This was a terrible mess to clean up and I was beyond skeptical when I heard about it.
All I did was wrap a cloth around the faucet piece needing cleaning and pour on vinegar, let it sit (hours, overnight etc) and then scrub on it with fine steel wool. It took several times of working on it so it's not for the impatient-- they will just have to kill themselves with chemicals. But it works. I'll let the pictures tell the rest of the story.