Air Fresheners & Odor Removeres
- Baking soda. Place a couple ot tablespoons of baking soda in a dish and leave on the counter.
- Citrus (lemon, grapefruit, or orange) and water. Place slices of your fruit in a pot. Add enough water to cover fruit. Simmer over low heat for an hour or two.
- Cinnamon, cloves, and water. Boil these spices in a pot of water.
- Potpourri. Make your own potpourri from your favorite herbs and spices.
Kitchen and Cooking Odors
- 1 tbl. white vinegar, 1 cup water. Boil ingredients in a small pot.
- Vanilla. Place pure vanilla on a cotton ball in a small saucer. Place where needed. NOTE: Vanilla contains alcohol and should be kept away from children.
- Baking soda. Open a box of baking soda and place in the refrigerator to eliminate odors.
- 1 cup Borax, 1 cup baking soda, 10 drops essential oils. Combine and store in an airtight tub.
- Box of baking soda. Sprinkle baking soda over carpet and let rest overnight. Vacuum.
- Perfume – Soak or spray with white distilled vinegar (in both instances let set for a few hours before rinsing, or for spraying just let the smell dissipate)
- Chemical Smell in Fabric – Soak overnight in 1 cup of baking soda before washing as usual.
- Soot —Washing soda (wash area with 1 gallon to water to ¼ cup washing soda; let set for an hour or so before rinsing).
- PVC/Plastic – Set plastic shower curtains, etc., in the sun, or wash with soap flakes and water once a week (about ¼ cup to 1 gallon warm water). Alternatively, set the plastic item in the sun as often as possible.
- Biological Odors – Many biological odors contain both alkaline and acidic components, hence the alternating of baking soda and vinegar. When in doubt for any biological odor, follow directions for “Pet Pee,” below.
- Pet Pee – Vinegar and Baking soda, alternating. (Place white distilled vinegar in a spray bottle and spray it straight onto the pee assuming the area can handle moisture; let kit set for an hour or so before rinsing. Follow by sprinkling the area with baking soda. Mist the baking soda with water. Let it set for a few hours before vacuuming. Keep alternating until the odor is gone.)
- Perspiration — Baking soda. (Scrub a thick baking soda paste into the perspiration on the fabric; let set for an hour before laundering as usual. For personal hygiene, powder baking soda under your arms, making it slightly moist beforehand to help is stick if needed.)
- Vomit – Vinegar and baking soda, alternating (follow directions for “Pet Pee”)
- 1/4 cup vegetable-oil-based liquid soap, warm water. Mix ingredients in a pail. Use sponge to apply to outside of the car.
- 1 tsp. to 1/4 cup baking soda, water. Mix to form a paste. Apply with sponge and rinse well.
- 1 cup food-grade linseed oil, 4 tbl. carnauba wax, 2 tbl. beeswax, 1/2 cup vinegar. Put ingredients in top half of a doulble boiler (set over water) or saucepan. Heat slowly until wax is melted. Stir. Pour into a heat-resistant container. After wax has solidified, take it out of container and run on the car. Saturate a corner of a cotton rag with vinegar and polish the wax to a shine.
- Food-grade linseed oil. Wet rag with linseed oil and rub.
|Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- Baking soda: Sprinkle baking soda in and around toilet bowl. Let sit for a few minutes. Scrub Clean.
- Washing Soda and Baking Soda: Sprinkle ingredients in bowl. Let stand for 10 minutes. Brush.
- 1 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup vinegar: Mix in small bowl and rub on surface with a damp sponge. Let stand a few minutes. Rinse well.
- 1/4 cup baking soda, vegetable oil based liquid soap: Mix ingredients to form a paste. Apply with sponge. Wipe clean.
- Simply pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl, and add enough liquid detergent to make a texture like frosting. Scoop the mixture onto a sponge, and wash the surface. This is the perfect recipe for cleaning the bathtub because it rinses easily and doesn’t leave grit. Tip: Add 1 tsp of vegetable glycerin to the mixture and store in a sealed glass jar, to keep the product moist. Otherwise, just make as much as you need at a time.
Tub and Tile Cleaner
- 1/2 tsp. washing soda, 1/4 to 1/2. vegetable-oil-based liquid soap, 3 tbl. vinegar, 2 cups of hot water: Mix ingredients in a spray bottle or pail. Apply and wipe clean.
- Baking Soda and Water: Sprinkle baking soda on surface. Scrub with a damp sponge. Rinse well with water.
- Baking soda and Vinegar: Sprinkle baking soda on sponge. Add vinegar and apply. Rinse.
- Cream of Tartar and Peroxide: Mix to make paste, apply, rinse well.
- 1 cup baking soda, ¼ cup salt, 10 drops citrus essential oil, 5 drops tea tree essential oil. Combine all the ingredients and store in an airtight tub.
|All Purpose Cleaner
- 4 tbl. baking soda, 1 pint of warm water. Dissolve baking soda in water. Apply with sponge. Wipe clean.
- 1 tsp. vegetable-oil-based liquid soap. Squeeze of lemon, 1 quart of warm water. Combine ingredients in a bucket. Apply with a sponge or a rag and wipe clean.
- 1/8 cup washing soda. 1 tbl. vegetable-oil-based liquid soap. 1/4 cup vinegar. 2 gallons of hot water. Mix ingredients in a pail. apply with a mop or cloth. wipe clean.
- Mix vinegar and salt, dissolve 4 tbsp of baking soda in 1 qt. of water. For stubborn stains, use drops of lemon juice directly or combined with cream of tartar.
- small box of baking soda, water, few drops of vegetable-oil-based liquid soap, and mild abrasive pad. Sprinkle water over base of oven. Cover with baking soda. Let sit, preferably overnight. Wipe with pad. After bottom is cleaned, put a few drops of liquid soap on a sponge and wash the side and top.
- Sprinkle on baking soda and water; pour salt on spills while warm, scrub next day
- 1/4 cup ammonia placed in the oven overnight
- use oven liners.
- 1 small box baking soda, 1 cup liquid Castile Soap. Combine ingredients and mix until smooth. Apply to a cloth and wipe clean.
- 1/2 cup baking soda, 3 cups of boiling water. Pour baking soda down the drain. Add boiling water. Let rest 10-15 minutes. Rinse. Repeat this process every month or so.
- 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup vinegar or lemon juice. Pour baking soda down the drain. Add vinegar or lemon juice. Let rest for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with hot water.
- Pour 1/2 c. baking soda and 1/2 c. white vinegar into clogged drain, flush with one kettle of boiling water, use a plunger or metal snake. Prevent clogs by flushing weekly with boiling water and using drain strainer.
- A non-phosphate soap. TIP: Try using only half the amount of automatic dishwashing detergent. It should make little or no difference.
- Tile Floors: 1 cup vinegar, 1 pail hot water. Mix and apply. Wipe clean.
- Wood Floors: 1/8 cup vegetable-oil-based liquid soap, 1/4 cup lemon juice, and 2 gallons hot water. Mix and apply. Wipe clean.
- No Wax Floors: 1/4 cup vegetable-oil-based liquid soap, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 2 gallons hot water. Mix and apply. Wipe clean.
- 1 part lemon juice, 2 parts food-grade linseed oil. Apply with rag. Let rest until floor is dry. Buff completely smooth.
- 6 tbl. beeswax, 3 cups food-grade linseed oil. Put ingredients in the top of a boiler (over water) and heat-resistant container. Apply.
Pot and Pan Cleaner
- 3 tbl. baking soda, salt, water. mix ingredients in a small bowl to form a paste. Dip a sponge into paste and rub on the metal. Let dry. Rinse with hot water.
- 1.2 tsp. washing soda, 1 tsp. vegetable-oil-based- liquid soap, 3 tbl. vinegar, 2 cups hot water. Mix ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray and scrub. Wipe clean.
- Use non-phosphate liquid detergents or laundry soaps.
- 1 bar Castile soap, grated, 2 cups Borax, 2 cups washing soda, 1 cup baking soda. Combine all of the ingredients and store in a covered jar. Use ¼ cup per load.
- 1/4 cup lemon juice.
- To whiten and brighten colors, use 1/2 cup Borax.
- 1 cup dried lavender buds, 1 quart white vinegar, 2-4 drops lavender essential oil. Combine the mixture and let it sit for a week.
- Mix 1/4 cup lemon juice and salt and rub on spot.
- 1 tbl. cornstarch, 1 pint cold water. Place in a spray bottle and shake to dissolve cornstarch.
Ring Around The Collar
- Apply hair shampoo with toothbrush before laundering and/or Apply paste of soda and vinegar, rub, and wash as usual.
Living Room Cleaners
- 1 cup distilled water, 3 drops essential oils. Combine in a spray bottle and use with a cotton cloth.
- Use a feather duster
- vinegar – spray on and wipe down with a soft cloth.
- 1/8 cup vinegar, 1 cup water.Mix ingredients in a spray bottle. Shack and apply. Wipe clean.
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. vegetable-oil-based liquid soap, 3 tbl. vinegar, 2 cups water. Put all the ingredients into a spray bottle, shake it up a bit, and use as you would a commercial brand. The soap in this recipe is important. It cuts the wax residue from the commercial brands you might have used in the past.
- 3 tbl. cornstarch, 1/2 cup water. Mix ingredients in a small bowl. Dip cotton cloth into mixture and wipe. Film will disappear, so keep rubbing. Lemons. Wet a rag with lemon juice and rub.
- 1 cup vinegar in 1 quart warm water; rub dry with newspapers.
Carpet Stain Remover
- Club soda. Apply to stain and scrub.
- 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup water. Mix and scrub. Rinse with water.
- For wood:
- 1/8 cup linseed oil, 1/8 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup lemon juice. Mix ingredients. Using a soft cloth, rub into wood.
- 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/8 cup lemon juice. Mix and apply in a thin coating. Rub well with cloth.
- Mix 2 part vegetable or olive oil and 1 part lemon apply with soft cloth.
- For Leather: 1/4 cup olive oil, a few drops of lemon oil. Mix ingredients. Saturate cloth and apply.
- For Vinyl: 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/4 tsp. vegetable-oil-based liquid soap, and water. Mix ingredients, Saturate cloth and apply.
- 2 or 3 halved lemons or 1 grapefruit, cut four ways, water. Put citrus and water in the tarnished pan and stew on low heat for an hour.
- 2 tbl. cream of tartar. Mix ingredients to make a stiff paste. Rub on metal and let dry. Wash paste off with hot water and dry with a cloth.
Brass And Copper Cleaner
- Flour (enough to make a paste), 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 cup vinegar. Mix ingredients to form a paste. Rub onto the brass and let sit for 30 minutes. Rinse with water and dry with a cloth dampened with a little vegetable oil.
- 2 tbl. salt, 1 tbl. lemon or lime juice, 1 tbl. vinegar. Mix salt, juice and vinegar in small bowl. Rub with a sponge and let dry. Rinse with hot water.
- 3 tbl. baking soda, water. Mix the baking soda and water to make a paste. Apply. Rinse.
- 1/8 cup cider vinegar. Saturate a sponge with a vinegar. Rub and rinse.
- Use baby oil to polish.
- 1 tbl. salt, 1 tbl. baking soda, a few sheets aluminum foil, and water. Put foil in the bottom of a big pan. Add 2 or 3 inches of water (enough to cover the silver), baking soda and salt. Bring to a boil. Add silver pieces and boil 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from pan. Rinse well and dry.
- Baking soda and water. Mix ingredients to form a paste. Use a soft, wet sponge to apply the mixture to the silver. Rinse in hot water and dry with soft cloth.
- Toothpaste. to clean off tarnish, coat silver with toothpaste. Run under warm water and work into a foam. Rinse. Use toothpaste for stubborn stains or intricate grooves.
- Soak silver in 1 qt. water, 2 tbsp. baking soda, 1 tbsp. salt and small piece of aluminum foil.
Stainless Steel Cleaner
- 3 tbl. baking soda, water. Mix the baking soda and water to make a paste. Apply with green scouring pad. Rinse well to remove all residue.
- Vinegar. Saturate a sponge with vinegar. Rub the metal. Rinse and polish dry with soft cloth.
- Olive oil or club soda. Rub with a sponge dampened in olive oil or club soda to remove streaks or stains.
|Choosing Paints: Latex paints. Whenever possible, use latex instead of oil-based paints. TIP: Avoid using spray paints. Apply paint with brush.
Paint Strippers: Heat, Sandpaper.
Paint Brush Renewer: Hot Vinegar. Soften hard paint brushes in hot vinegar for 10 minutes. Wash in warm water and soap and let dry.
Paint Thinner: Water is a paint thinner for latex paints.
General Insect Repellant
- Apply lavendar oil to your body
- Dried bay leaves. Crumble and place in doorway and windows sills.
- Vinegar and water. Wash countertops with equal parts vinegar and water.
- Lemon or cream tartar. Find where the ants are entering and place tartar or squeeze lemon juice in the hole or crack. Put the peeling around enterance.
- Apply a line of cream of tartar, red chili pepper, paprika, or dried peppermint where ants enter house.
- Powderd sugar and baking soda. Mix equal parts of the two and sprinkle where cockroaches might live.
- Boric acid. Use where the cockroaches will walk through it. ( KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN AND PETS!)
- Smear grease or vaseline around inside the rim of jar containing a banana. Make a ramp with a tongue depressor or popsicle stick. Pests are attracted by food; but are trapped in the jar.
- Citrus and Cloves. Flies are repelled by these ingredients. Scratch the skin of an orange and leave out. Hang cluster of cloves.
- Mint or Basil. Mint planted around the home repels flies. A pot of basil on a table or window sill repels flies.
- Flypaper. Use yellow paper and honey to make your own.
- Vinegar (amount depends on weight of pet) water. A ratio of 1 tsp. of vinegar to 1 quart water (per 40 pounds of pet weight) in their drinking water.
- Vacuum. Vacuum, remove the vacuum bag, seal it, and dispose of it immediately outside of the house.
- Brewer’s yeast with garlic. Give the pet one tablet for each 50 lbs of weight.
- Sprinkle fennel, rue, and rosemary near pet’s area to repel fleas .
Mice & Rats
- sprinkle chopped bay leaves and cucumber skins around cracks and crevices
- Burn citronella candles.
- Plant basil around the house.
- Provide bat roosts. Bats are one of the best predators of insects.
- Cedar chips
- Dried lavender
- Equal parts dried rosemary and dried mint. (Place wherever clothes are stored.)
Silverfish: 1 part molasses and 2 part vinegar. Place this mixture near the problem area.
Snails and Slugs
- Put out shallow pan containing beer in infested area
- overturn clay pots to lure from heat, capture and collect and dispose.
Aphid Control: 1/2 cup chopped green onion tops and 1 quart water. Let stand overnight. Strain and use as a spray.
- Apply soapy water to leaves, rinse.
- 1/4 c. cayenne pepper in 1 pint water to spray on garden plants.