Home Design and Trends: Speaking of Spring Cleaning…

As I was taking a break from reorganizing all my clutter (see last week’s blog) I was thinking that I have some serious dusting and sweeping to do! But, I am so tired of some of the chemical cleaning supplies with the toxic smell, what it does to my hands, and who knows what else to the environment!

I was doing a little research and found some natural cleaners – some that you wouldn’t expect!

1)  White Bread and Ketchup
Use white bread to:
Dust an oil painting. Gently dab a slice of white bread over the surface to pick up dirt and grime.
Use ketchup to: Remove tarnish from copper and brass cookware. Squeeze ketchup onto a cloth and rub it on pots and pans. They should go back to their coppery color in minutes. Rinse with warm water and dry with a towel.

2) Oatmeal
Use it to:
Scrub very dirty hands. Make a thick paste of oatmeal and water; rinse well.

3) Rice
Use it to:
Clean the inside of a vase or a thin-necked bottle. Fill three quarters of the vessel with warm water and add a tablespoon of uncooked rice. Cup your hand over the opening, shake vigor-ously, and rinse.

4) Tea
Use it to:
Scour rusty garden tools. Brew a few pots of strong black tea. When cool, pour into a bucket. Soak the tools for a few hours. Wipe each one with a cloth. (Wear rubber gloves or your hands will be stained.)

5) Club Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide
Use club soda to:
Shine up a scuffed stainless-steel sink. Buff with a cloth dampened with club soda, then wipe dry with another clean cloth.
Use hydrogen peroxide to: Disinfect a keyboard. Dip a cotton swab in hydrogen peroxide to get into those nooks and crannies.

6) Cornstarch
Use it to:
Clean grease spills on carpets. Pour cornstarch onto spots and let sit for 15 to 30 minutes before vacuuming.

7) Rubbing Alcohol
Use it to:
Erase permanent-marker stains from finished wood floors or solid-surface countertops. Pour rubbing alcohol onto a cotton ball and apply.

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