Saturday, January 10, 2009

Green Cleaning Tips

Why spend money on cleaning products that hurt our environment? Try these practical, safe ideas.

  • SALT: Sprinkle on wood cutting boards, glass baking dishes and pet bowels to scrub off gunk.
  • CORNSTARCH: Dab on oil and grease spills on clothing, let sit a while then remove with a toothbrush.
  • ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL: Dampen a microfiber cloth (or paper towel) to wipe down stainless steel.
  • 3% Hydrogen Peroxide: sponge on bath tiles to kill mildew. Let dry, then rinse.
  • CREAM OF TARTAR: Mix 2 tablespoons cream of tarter with a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to make a paste for removing rust from white porcelain fixtures. Let dry and then rinse.

Happy cleaning! :)


Trace said...

Ok, Miss Betty Crocker - how do I get rid of rust that has accumulated inside my very favorite tea kettle?

Ann said...

Try this: mineral deposits can be minimized by periodically boiling 1 quart of water with 1/4 cup of vinegar for 10-15 minutes. Rinse. Dry. Leave lid off to complete air drying. Never allow tea or water to stand in tea pot. Always rinse with hot water, dry, and allow the pot to continue to air dry.

For severe buildup of mineral deposits and rust, increase vinegar to 1/2 cup and boil the vinegar/water solution and let set overnight. Rinse, dry, and inspect. Repeat as needed.

Remember to rinse pot with hot water immediately after use, dry, allow to complete drying by leaving lid off to prevent mineral deposits and rust. Periodically boil the vinegar/water solution to keep keep pot free of mineral deposits and rust.

And I am not Betty Crocker--she only cooks!

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