Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Household Cleaners

I'm amazed at how many general household items can be used as cleaners... here is a list that I found in Real Simple magazine this month:
  • White Bread - can use used to dust an oil painting. Gently dab the bread over the surface to pick up dirt and grime.
  • Ketchup - removes tarnish off of copper and brass cookware. Apply ketchup to a rag, use as a cleaner... rinse with warm water and dry with a towel.
  • Oatmeal - can be used to scrub very dirty hands... make a paste with oatmeal and water.
  • Rice - can use used to clean the inside of a vase or thin-necked bottle. Fill vessel 3/4 full with warm water and a tablespoon of rice... shake vigorously and rinse.
  • Tea - can be used to clean rusty garden tools. Brew some strong black tea, cool, and soak the tools for a few hours. Wipe each tool with a cloth - wear rubber gloves or your hands will stain.
  • Glycerin - can be used to remove dried wax drippings from candlesticks. Peel off as much wax as you can - then moisten a cotton ball with the glycerin and rub until clean.
  • Club Soda - can be used to shine a scuffed stainless-steel sing. Buff the sink with a cloth dampened with the club soda, then wipe dry with a dry cloth.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide - can be used to disinfect a key board... dip cotton swab in hydrogen peroxide to get into all the areas of your key board.
  • Cornstarch - can be used to clean up grease spills on carpet. Pour onto spots and let sit for 15-30 minutes before vacuuming.
  • Rubbing Alcohol - can be used to erase permanent-marker stains from hardwood floors or solid-surface countertops. Pour on a cotton ball and apply to stain.

There you have it! Enjoy! Pop on over to We are THAT Family to find other Works for Me Wednesday ideas.