Making your own cleaning solutions not only saves money but also protects our family, ourselves and the environment. Many of the solutions are made from ingredeints most of us keep in our homes. They are also very easy to make and use.

Use lemon juice or vinegar to remove stains, grease streaks or mildew: Mix equal parts of lemon juice or white vinegar and water. Put the solution into a spray bottle. Then spray the area with the solution. Let it to set for 10 - 15 minutes and then scrub the area with a stiff brush. Rinse the area well with water.

For an excellent disinfectant: Mix 2 cups water with three tablespoons of liquid soap. Add 20 to 25 drops of tea tree oil. Pour the solution into a spray bottle. Spray the disinfectant on the area and wipe clean with a soft cloth. Rinse with water.

Use cornmeal on tough carpet spills and stains: Sprinkle an even layer of cornmeal on the stain and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Use a vacuum to remove the cornmeal. Works great on soaking up spills.

Use car wax to repair/remove scratches on your CD's: Apply a small amount of car wax to a soft cloth. Apply the wax to the scratches on the CD. Allow the wax to fully dry. Then remove the wax with a soft cloth. Buff the areas as well. Be sure to buff in the same direction of the scratch. This works well on camera lenses and eyeglasses.

For antique linens:
* For stubborn stains: Pour hydrogen preoxide into a spray bottle. Spray the stain and wait until it is lifted. Rinse well with plenty of water.
For soiled linens: Mix a mild dish washing detergent and a little Borax to make a paste-like consistency. Rub the paste on the soiled area and let it sit for 30 minutes before rinsing with water. For stubborn stains: Fill a pot with water and bring it to a boil. Put the soiled item in the water and let it steep until the stain lifts. Puttung antique linens outdoors in the sun on a clean towel is great at sanitizing and removing stains. Leave the item outdoors for 2 to 3 hours. Do not do this too often as it could cause the fabric to become weak over time.

To clean silver jewelry: Put the piece of jewelry in a small dish of ketchup. Keep the it the ketchup for 5 minutes. Use a toothbrush or small scrub brush to get into crevices. Be sure to rinse real well with water.

To remove tarnish build-up from copper pots and pans: Rub a layer of ketchup on the tarnished areas. Remove the ketchup after 15 to 20 minutes with a soft cloth. Rinse with water and dry and dry with a soft cloth.

To remove tarnish from silverware: Lay aluminum foil in the kitchen sink. Put the silverware on the foil. Then pour boiling water over the utensils. Sprinkle one cup of baking soda and a dash of salt over the top of the silverware. Allow the utensils to sit for 15 to 20 minutes. The tarnish will move from the silver onto the foil.

Use toothpaste on tarnished silver: Put white toothpaste on a soft cloth. Rub the silver to remove the tarnish build-up. Then rinse well with warm water and dry.

Baking soda and Kosher salt can be very effective and just as good if not better than Ajax, Comet, and other abrasive cleaners that contain harmful chemicals.

For furniture polish: Mix a half a cup of lemon juice with two cups of olive oil. Put the solution into a spray bottle. Spray on the furniture or apply with a soft polishing cloth.

Vodka works great on eyeglasses and does not leave any streaks.