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Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies

Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies
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by in Sep 2009

5. Clean windows with a mixture of 1 part white vinegar and 10 parts warm water.6. Give your washing machine an annual cleaning by filling it with hot water, adding a quart of white vinegar, and running the machine through the wash and rinse cycles.

7. If a closet smells musty, wash it thoroughly (walls, floor, and ceiling) with a mixture of 1 cup ammonia, 1 cup white vinegar, and 1/4 cup baking soda in a gallon of warm water. Repeat if needed.

8. To bring out the color in a rug, dip a broom in a mixture of 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 gallon of water, then brush the rug with the broom. No need to rinse.

9. To clean a stainless-steel pan, first rinse it with white vinegar inside and out. Then shake on enough salt to cover. Rub lightly. This cleans the pan and keeps it shiny.

10. To clean gummed-up holes in a steam iron, mix well 1/3 cup white vinegar and 1 tablespoon baking soda. Pour this into the iron and heat just until iron begins to steam. Turn off iron and empty. Fill and empty twice with warm water to rinse.

11. To clean ironwork before painting, apply a coat of white vinegar and let it dry. The mixture will evaporate, so you don’t need to rinse it off.

12. To clean leather, rub on a solution of equal parts white vinegar and boiled linseed oil. Wipe off any excess with a clean rag.

13. To clean salt marks off boots and shoes, try a mixture of 1 part white vinegar and 3 parts water.

14. To clean suede, brush with a suede brush or steel wool, then wipe with a cloth dipped in white vinegar and wrung out almost dry.

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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5 Responses to Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies

  1. Patricia Goodwin January 19, 2010 at 10:06 am #

    PLEASE remember boiled linseed oil is highly flammable.

  2. Denise Mayer January 26, 2010 at 3:11 pm #

    I think I remember reading, years ago, that mayonnaise would lift water rings from wood-anyone know if it really works?

  3. Ceil Petrucelli July 5, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    Yes, it does work!

  4. Aussie February 24, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    First time I read that mayonnaise can be used for anything other than dressing and eating.
    Unorthodox question, can mustard or ketchup be used as a cleaner?

    • Brenda Darroch February 24, 2015 at 11:29 am #

      Hi Aussie,
      We’re not sure there’s an alternate use for mustard, but you can use Worcestershire sauce or ketchup to polish brass.

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