Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Cleaning around here is a full time job with my small zoo. I don't like to use weird chemicals if I can keep from it because I: 1.) don't want to use chemicals and 2.) have a lot of animals to keep safe. SO getting "green" cleaning techniques has been a collectors hobby of mine recently. Here are a few of my favorites. Enjoy!

  Baking Soda as Tub Scrubber Rub tub stains away. 
Create a paste mad up of equal parts baking soda and cream of tartar and a little lemon juice. Let sit for 30 minutes, then rinse.
Salt as Homemade Drain Cleaner
 Get a slow-moving drain flowing again and pour a solution of ½ cup of salt for every quart of hot water down the pipe.
Clean silver without a store bought solution 
 1) 1 cup of boiling water
 2) 1 tablespoon baking soda
 3) 1 tablespoon white salt 
4) 1/2 cup white vinegar
 5) 1 sheet of tinfoil, shiny side up 
6) bowl 
 7) Polishing cloth
 Boil the water. While it’s simmering up, line the bottom of the bowl with the tinfoil, shiny side up. Then, add the salt and baking soda to the bottom of the bowl. Add the vinegar slowly (it will fizz) and mix everything together to dissolve the salt and baking soda. You want all the granules to dissolve. Add the boiling water to your bowl and then gently drop each piece of silver in the bowl. Just let it sit, the chemical reaction does all the work for you. If you wish, you can flip them over , just to ensure that both sides get exposure to the tinfoil. Take each piece out carefully and buff it gently with your polishing cloth. You should start to see all the tarnish come off.
Baby Oil as Paint Remover
 Dab some baby oil on splatters to remove latex paint from skin.

 Baby Oil as Chrome Polish
 Baby oil also polishes chrome. Apply a dab to a cotton cloth and use it to shine everything from faucets to hubcaps.
Safe weed killer
 2 c vinegar, 1T liquid soap, 1Tsalt....will kill any plant.
 Keep neighboring plants safe using a cut off two liter or milk jug around the plant.
Tub Cleaner Vinegar And Dish Soap, No Scrubbing.

 Heat 1/2 Cups White Vinegar In Microwave For 90 Seconds, Pour Into Spray Bottle. Add 1/2 Cups Blue Dawn Dish Soap. Shake Gently To Mix. Spray On Surface, Let It Sit 1-2 Hours. Just Wipe It Away, Then Rinse With Water. Should Also Take Soap Scum Off Shower Doors.

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