For an excellent window and glass cleaner mix two tablespoons of white vinegar to one liter of water. Pour into a spray bottle and use newspaper to wipe the windows. This works great.
To remove white water rings from wood furniture apply toothpaste or mayonnaise to the ring and rub it out with a slightly dampened sponge or soft cloth. Cigarette ashes also work great to remove white rings from wood furniture. For an excellent wallpaper remover, mix equal parts of white vinegar with hot water. Apply it with a soft cloth or sponge over the wallpaper. This will soften the wallpaper adhesive for easier removal. For a toilet bowl cleaner use a half cup of baking soda and one cup of white vinegar. Pour this into the toilet and allow it to sit. Then scrub and rinse. You can also use a solution of Borax and lemon juice.
For varnished wood, add a couple drops of lemon oil to a half cup of warm water. Spray this onto a slightly dampened soft cloth. Wipe the furniture and then wipe it again with a fresh clean cloth. For wood that is not varnished, mix 2 tablespoons of olive oil with lemon juice. Apply this with a soft cloth. Wring the rag out to distribute the solution better. Wipe the furniture the same way you would with any polish.
For a creamy soft scrub, pour one cup of baking soda into a bowl. Add liquid detergent to make a thick paste. Use this on a sponge to clean surfaces. To clean aluminum use a soft cloth with a solution of cream of tartar and water. To clean brass and bronze items, polish with a soft cloth dipped in lemon juice and baking soda. You can also use a vinegar and salt mixture. Ketchup also works well on brass. Just dab a little ketchup onto a soft cloth and apply it to the item. Allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing and drying.
Ink marks on walls and painted surfaces can easily be removed by applying baking soda to a damp sponge or soft cloth. Rub it gently and then rinse well. Pencil, crayon, and marker can also be removed using the same method.
To make a quick laundry detergent, mix a cup of Ivory soap to a half cup of washing soda and a half cup of Borax. Use two tablespoons per load of laundry.
To remove rust, sprinkle the area with table salt. Then squeeze lime juice over the salt and area until it is well saturated. Allow this to sit for three hours before rinsing clean.
To clean tarnished silver, ketchup works wonders. Use a toothbrush to get into hard to reached areas and crevices. Be sure to rinse well. Allow the ketchup to remain on the item for 15 to 20 minutes.
Baking soda works very well as a safe abrasive for stove tops. Salt also does a very good job at cleaning porcelain sink stains.
To clean and shine pewter, use cigarette ashes applied to a piece of cheesecloth. Rub the areas and then rinse well. This really does work well.
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