Club Soda makes a good glass cleaner (for use in a spray bottle) and water softener. Club soda is also great at removing stains like red wine, spaghetti sauce, and ketchup. Let the club soda soak into the fabric, and then blot dry (never rub).
Baking Soda is one of the most versatile cleaning ingredients that you’ll ever find! It’s abrasive enough to scour away kitchen and bathroom stains, yet it will rinse away quickly without leaving grit residue.
Olive Oil makes a really great furniture polish and should be stored in a cool, dark place. Just rub a little on to a rag and polish away!
To preserve a fresh-smelling refrigerator, pour two ounces vanilla extract into a saucer or a small, shallow bowl. Place the vanilla on a lower shelf and leave it for a few days.
Vinegar can be used as a stain remover, fabric softener, odor absorber, laundry freshener, glass cleaner, soap scum remover, and grease cutter. It is a non-toxic and all-purpose cleaner. It is recommended for bathrooms, kitchens, counters, walls, and floors but make sure you never use it on marble.
To remove stains on tablecloths or clothing, combine two tablespoons of cream of tartar with two drops of peppermint, eucalyptus, or lemon essential oil. Add just enough water to make a paste. Spread the paste over the stain and allow it to dry before washing.
Pour some Coca-Cola into your toilet bowl and wait for an hour (so it can work its magic) before you scrub with a brush and flush—now you have got yourself a sparkling toilet!
Apple Cider Vinegar is best for the prevention and removal of fruit flies and other insects. The directions are very simple, remove the bottle’s cap, cover the opening in plastic, and poke a few holes in the top. The flies are attracted to the scent, and once they enter the bottle, they’ll be trapped inside.
Lemon Juice has a high citric acid, which makes it a natural germ killer and grease cutter. Fresh lemons can be sliced and used to disinfect areas like cutting boards, which can harbor germs in tiny crevices.
To clean and remove tarnish from copper, mix a half-cup of ketchup with two tablespoons cream of tartar. Spread on the copper and let stand for an hour. Rinse first in soapy water and then in clean water. Dry thoroughly.
Sprinkle salt on fresh grease stains in the oven. When the oven cools, wipe it down clean with a soft cloth and you’ll be amazed by the results.
For an easy silver tarnish remover, place silver pieces in either a sink or a pan filled with water. Add two tablespoons cream of tartar or baking soda, plus a few strips of aluminum foil. Let the silver soak in this for an hour or until the tarnish is gone. Rinse your items well and then dry them thoroughly with a soft cloth.