Easy Cleaning

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To clean windows inexpensively, add a small handful of  cornstarch to 3 to 4 quarts of water.  Wash the windows with a paper towel.  It will clean and dry faster.

Here’s how to save money on cleaning supplies:  Use a wet sponge and baking soda to scrub your kitchen sink, bathroom and even your tile floors.  You’ll get a nice shine afterwards.

To clean mini-blinds or slats of shutters, use a clean paintbrush.  It’s a lot cheaper than buying expensive blind-cleaning tools.

To clean bathroom drains of hair and kitchen drains of grease, pour 1 cup of baking soda into drain, then 1 cup of vinegar.  When it starts to foam, flush the drain with hot water.

When washing windows, pour a little vinegar into the pail of warm water.  The glass will clean brighter and you won’t have streaks.

To rid a room of tobacco odor,  put a pint of hot water in a bowl and add 3 tablespoons of ammonia.  Leave the bowl in the closed room overnight.  Then air out the room in the morning.

Use baking soda to polish the chrome fixtures in your bathroom.  Put a small amount in a wet cloth, rub the fixtures and dry with a soft cloth.  They’ll look like new.

To wash shower curtains, fill your washer with warm water and add two large bath towels, 1/2 cup detergent and 1/2 cup baking soda.  Run an entire wash cycle.  On the rinse cycle, add 1 cup vinegar.

To remove a soil or grease spot from a nylon or wool rug, just apply cornstarch to the soiled area, rub with a nylon vegetable brush and sweep up with a vacuum.

Salt is great for removing fruit and wine stains from your tablecloth and napkins.  Cover the stain immediately with salt; let stand a short time.  Wash in cool water.

Remove stains from the inside of your dishwasher inexpensively by filling the soap dispenser with dry-orange flavored breakfast drink mix and run the empty dishwasher through a cycle.  The dishwasher will sparkle!

One of the oldest ideas for removing rust stains – and one that still works best – is to moisten the stain with lemon juice, cover with salt and dry in the sun.  Wash as usual.

An uncorked bottle of lemon juice is an effective bathroom deodorizer.  The lemon juice doesn’t give off any odor of its own, and is a pleasant alternative to sweet-smelling commercial air fresheners.

To get onion aroma off your hands, simply wet them and gently rub with salt.  Then rinse and wash with your usual soap – the smell will be gone.

Use an inexpensive paintbrush  sprayed with furniture polish to dust model cars, picture frames and hard-to-get-at nooks and crannies.


I do agree with baking soda, vinegar and lemon as alternative cleaning tools.  They’re all inexpensive and kinder to environment and very good in getting the cleaning done!

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