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Mon, January 13, 2014

Cleaning Products You Should Never Be Without

Cleaning Products You Should Never Be Without

There are 5 cleaning products you should never be without and most of them are things you already have in your home.  They can  be used alone, together or in conjunction with other common household products.

Use to remove heavy soap scum and mineral deposits from showers, tubs and sinks.  Warm vinegar and put in spray bottle.  Spray on showers, tubs and sinks; let soak 10-15 minutes.  Then use a nylon scrubbing sponge to remove scum.  Respray if necessary.

Add 2-3 T. white vinegar to hot water along with dishwashing liquid to cut grease on dishes and crystal.

Add ¼ cup white vinegar to washing machine during final rinse to soften clothes and remove lint from dark clothes.

Clean stainless steel sinks with a paste of baking soda and vinegar.

Clean vinyl floors with ½ cup white vinegar to 1 gallon warm water.

Keep drains free-flowing with ½ cup baking soda and ½ cup vinegar poured down the drain on a monthly basis.

Spray vinegar on the underarms of clothes and let soak 15-30 minutes to deodorize and minimize underarm stains.

An excellent toilet cleaner with 1 cup borax and 1 cup vinegar.  Pour vinegar over stained area of the toilet, then sprinkle with borax.  Soak for 2 hours and then brush and flush.

Neutralize pet urine odor with diluted vinegar (25% vinegar to 75% water) sprayed on carpets.
Always test in an inconspicuous spot before treating a large area.

To remove soap sum and mildew from plastic shower curtains and liners, fill washing machine with warm water, 1 cup vinegar and regular laundry detergent. Add curtains, along with several old, light-colored towels.  Run through complete cycle and rehang curtain immediately.

Clean mirrors with a solution of half vinegar and half water.  Wet a sponge, soft cloth or paper towel, wash and  then buff dry.  Never spray water onto a mirror.  Moisture that gets into the edges and behind mirrors ruins the silvering on the mirror, resulting in dark spots.


Baking soda is a great deodorizer, cleaner and mild abrasive.

Keep food disposals fresh and free-flowing by putting the stopper in the disposal and adding 3 inches of warm water and a handful of baking soda.  Turn on the disposal and let water run out.

Clean smudges on wallpaper with baking soda and water.

Remove crayon from hard surface with baking soda on a damp rag.

To clean grout, mix 3 cups baking soda with 1 cup warm water.  Scrub with a brush and rinse.

Use baking soda on a damp cloth to polish silver.

To remove burnt food in casseroles, fill dish with hot water and add 1 T. baking soda and allow to soak.

Remove heel marks from hard floors with a damp cloth and baking soda.

Put in the bottom of cat litter boxes to help eliminate odor.  Put in a thin layer of baking soda and than add  the litter.  This works with clay or clumping varieties.

Mix 1 gallon of warm water and ¼ cup baking soda. Soak freshly washed socks in this for 30 minutes.  Spin out in the washer (Do not rinse out the solution),dry and you have odor-eater socks.


Apply to clothes, undiluted, to remove fruit-based stains.  Let soak 30 minutes and then launder.

Remove rust from clothes by applying undiluted lemon juice and laying the garment in the sun. 

Clean brass and copper with lemon juice and salt.

Apply lemon juice to chrome and buff to a shine.

Remove stains from hands with lemon juice.

Bleach wooden breadboards by applying lemon juice and letting it sit overnight.  Wash and rinse in the morning.

You can bleach spots off Formica counters by using straight lemon juice or mixing in a paste with baking soda.


Club soda is the best emergency spotter there is.

Keep club soda on hand to clean up spills on carpet and clothing.  Remember to react as soon as possible to a spill.  Club soda will remove red wine, coffee, tea, soda, Kool-Aid and any other spills you can think of.

Lift any solids off carpet or clothes and then pour on the club soda, blotting with an old rag until all the color from the spill is removed.

If you spill on your clothes in a restaurant, ask for a little club soda or seltzer and use your napkin to blot the stain until it is removed.


A good all-purpose carpet stain remover.  Skip the types that foam, dry and you vacuum up; they leave residue in the carpet that attracts dirt.

Spot Shot effectively removes water and oil-based stains.  Use it on pet stains, lipstick, makeup, hair dye, food spills, mystery spots – even old spots.  Follow  the label directions.  It’s inexpensive and available at grocery stores, hardware stores, Target and Wal-Mart.


Ink and Marker Marks – use hair spray, rubbing alcohol or for really tough spots, denatured alcohol from the hardware store.  Always spot carefully, trying to do just the spot.

Removing Hair Spray Residue – Mix a solution of 1/3 liquid fabric softener and 2/3 water in a spray bottle.  Spray on the surface to be cleaned and wipe.  Will remove hair spray residue from vanities, tile, floors, walls, etc.

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