THURSDAY’S TOP TEN
There’s all kinds of ways of going green - one of them could be using products that are already in your household to perform cleaning tasks rather than buying chemical-laden bottles and sprayers. Not that all these products are chemical-free. Hardly!!
These suggestions come from REAL SIMPLE magazine:
- RICE: Use it to: Clean the inside of a vase or a thin-necked bottle. Fill 3/4 of the vessel with warm water and add a TBS of uncooked rice. Cup your hand over the opening, shake vigorously and rinse.
- OATMEAL: Use it to: Scrub very dirty hands. Make a thick paste of oatmeal and water; rinse well.
- 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.)
- GLYCERIN: Use it to: Remove dried wax drippings from candlesticks. Peel off as much wax as possible, then moisten a cotton ball with glycerin and rub until clean.
- CLUB SODA: Use it to: Shine up a scuffed stainless-steel sink. Buff with a cloth dampened with club soda, then wipe dry with another clean cloth.
- HYDROGEN PEROXIDE: Use it to: Disinfect a keyboard. Dip a cotton swab in hydrogen peroxide to get into those nooks and crannies.
- CORNSTARCH: Use it to: Clean grease spills on carpets. Pour cornstarch onto spots and let sit for 15-30 minutes before vacuuming.
- 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.
- WHITE BREAD: Use it to: Dust an oil painting. Gently dab a slice of white bread over the surface to pick up dirt and grime.
- KETCHUP: Use it 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.