Alternative Cleaning Solutions

Instead of This - Use This

Ammonia Based Cleaners – Vinegar and Water

Abrasive Cleaners – Rub area with ½ lemon dipped in borax, then rinse

Floor/Furniture Polish – 1 part lemon juice, 2 parts lemon or vegetable oil

Silver Polish – Soak in boiling water with baking soda, salt, and a piece of aluminum

Toilet Cleaner – Baking Soda and a toilet brush

Disinfectants – ½ cup borax in 1 gallon water

Drain Cleaners – Plunger, flush with boiling water, ¼ cup baking soda, ¼ cup vinegar

Rug/Upholstery Cleaners – Dry cornstarch, sprinkle on, vacuum clean

Mothballs – Cedar chips, newspapers, lavender flowers

Enamel/Oil-based Paints – Latex or water based paints

House Plant Insecticide – Old dishwater or bar soap and water, spray on leaves, then rinse

Flea & Tick Collar/Sprays – Gradually add Brewer’s Yeast and garlic to pet’s diet

Roach Killer – Baking Soda and powdered sugar mix

Ant Killer – Chili powder to hinder entrance, Borax

Window Cleaner – Plain cold unsweetened tea or white vinegar in a spray bottle

To keep dogs from urinating in an area, sprinkle the area with chili powder.

Here is a recipe for an all-purpose household cleaner:

  • ½ cup Borax
  • 2 cups Boiling Water
  • ½ tsp Dishwasher Detergent
  • 2 cups Cold Water
  • 1 ¼ Tbsp Ammonia

Put Borax into mixing bowl, stir in the boiling water. When the Borax has dissolved and the water is clear, gently stir in the dishwashing detergent. Add cold water, then ammonia. Pour this concentrate into a quart size container.

To Use: Walls, Floors: 1 c. to 7 c warm water. Spray: Full Strength. Or use Citra Solve brand cleaner. 


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