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Alternatives to Household Chemicals


General Cleaner: Mix 1/2 cup ammonia, 1/3 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 gallon of
warm water.

General Cleaner: 2 TBS baking with 1 pint warm water in a spray bottle.

Cooper Cleaner: Lemon juice and salt.

Disinfectant: Mix 1/2 cup borax in 1 gallon of water.

Drain Cleaner: Prevent a clogged drain by pouring boiling water down the drain periodically, or
use 1/2 cup of baking soda followed by two cups of boiling water, 1/4 cup vinegar, followed by
two cups of boiling water.

Floor Cleaner: 1 cup vinegar and 2 gallons of water.

Floor and Furniture Polish: Mix 1 tablespoon Carbauba wax into two cups mineral oil
or mix 1 part lemon juice with 2 parts olive or vegetable oil.

Garbage Disposal Deodorizers: Put chopped up citrus rinds in the disposal

Grease remova
l: Borax on a damp cloth

Mold and Mildew Removal: Mix equal parts vinegar and salt.

Oven Cleaner: Sprinkle salt or baking soda on spills when they are warm, then scrub. For baked-on grease, put 1/4 cup of ammonia in oven overnight to loosen, then scrub with baking soda. Or use
add 2 tablespoons liquid soap, 2 teaspoons borax and warm water.

Rug and Upholstery Cleaner: Sprinkle dry cornstarch or baking soda on rug and vacuum.

Scouring Powder: Use baking soda for a nonabrasive cleaner.

Silver Cleaner: Soak silver in 1 quart warm water with 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt
and a small piece of aluminum foil, or apply paste of calcium carbonate and olive oil. Allow to dry
and polish with soft cloth.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Clean regularly with baking soda OR Sprinkle with 1/4 cup Borax, wait 30 minutes and scrub.

Tub and Tile Cleaner: 1/4 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup white vinegar and warm water.

Window Cleaner: Mix 1 quart of warm water with 2 tablespoons of vinegar.

Wood Polish: 3 parts olive oil, 1 part vinegar or almond OR olive old (interior unvarnished wood
only) OR linseed oil.


Air Freshener: Use herbal bouquets OR pure vanilla on cotton ball OR simmer cinnamon and

Pet Odor Remover: Use cider vinegar.

Refrigerator Deodorizer: Open box of baking soda.

Rug Deodorizer: Apply baking soda liberally and leave 15 minutes before vacuuming.

Mothballs: Place cedar chips around clothes.


Ink Spot Remover: Cold water, 1 tablespoon cream of tarter and lemon juice.

Perspiration Stain Remover: Use white vinegar and water.

Pre-soak: Paste of washing soda and water applied to spots.

Spot Remover: Soak garment in cornmeal and water, club soda or lemon juice.

Water Softener: Use 1/4 cup of vinegar.

Wine stain removal: Use salt or club soda.


Hand cleaner for paint/grease: baby oil.

Paint: Use latex or water-based paints whenever possible.

Strippers: Use heat gun and sander.


Ant Control: Pour a line of cream of tartar or sprinkle red chili pepper, paprika or dried peppermint where ants enter house.

Fertilizer: Use Nature's Blend Compost.

Flea and Tick Repellant: Feed pets tablets of brewer's yeast, vitamin B and garlic. Or scatter pine needles, fennel, rye or rosemary in pet's bed. However, it always wise to check with your veterinarian first.

Household Plant Insecticide: Spray dilute solution of bar soap and water on plants.

Mosquito Repellent: Burn citronella candles.

Moth Control: Place cedar chips or dried lavender in cotton sachets around clothes.

Nematode (parasite worm) Repellent: Plant Marigolds.

Roach Control: Spread mixture of boric acid and powdered sugar.

Snails and Slug Control: Fill a shallow pan with stale beer and place in an infested area.


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