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Try cleaning with safer alternatives:*

  • Ammonia: Cuts grease, strips the wax off floors and cleans windows

  • Baking Soda: Cleans, deodorizers, scours, polishes and removes stains

  • Bleach: Whitens practically anything and removes mold and mildew

  • Borax: Alternative for bleach, deodorizes, prevents mold, removes stains and boosts the cleaning power of soap

  • Cornstarch: Cleans and deodorizes carpets and rugs.

  • Ketchup: Cleans copper

  • Lemon juice: Cuts grease and stains on aluminum and porcelain, whitens.

  • Salt: Makes an abrasive, but gentle, scouring powder.

  • Vegetable Oil: A furniture polish.

  • White vinegar: Cleans windows, shines metal surfaces, removes mildew, stains, grease and wax buildup.

  • Combining forces: Sometimes combining some of the above ingredients creates better cleaners, but never combine bleach and ammonia together.

  • Ceramic tile cleaner: Use a combination of 1/4 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1 gallon warm water and 1 cup ammonia.

  • Furniture polish: Combine 1 teaspoon lemon juice with 1 pint mineral or vegetable oil.

  • Mold growth prohibitor: Dilute 3/4 cup chlorine bleach in 1 gallon of water and apply to affected areas or apply full-strength white vinegar.

  • Oven cleaner: Fill a small glass bowl with 1/2 cup full-strength ammonia, place in oven and close the door. Let stand overnight.

  • Painted wall and woodwork cleaner: Combine 1/4 cup ammonia with 1 gallon warm water or combine 1/4 cup liquid dish detergent with 1 gallon water.

  • Scouring powder: Combine baking soda with a touch of salt.

  • Toilet bowl cleaner: Combine baking soda and vinegar or use 1/2 cup chlorine bleach.

  • Window or mirror cleaner: Combine 3 tablespoons ammonia, 1 tablespoon white vinegar and 3/4 cup of water or 1/4 cup white vinegar and 1 quart of water. Wipe dry with newspaper.

*“Try cleaning with safer alternatives” was an article by Meredith Cummings in the Sunday Telegram/ Worcester, MA (April 11, 2004).

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