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All Purpose Cleaner
2 tablespoons borax
2 cups hot water

Use for wiping stoves, counters and bathroom surfaces. For a fresh scent add a tablespoon of lemon juice. Discard any not used.
Soft Scrubbing Paste
1/2 cup baking soda
1/4 cup borax
dishwashing liquid
Combine the baking soda and borax. Mix in a small amount of dishwashing liquid to make a paste. A small amount of lemon juice can also be added for a fresh scent. Great for cleaning the bathtub as it doesn't leave a gritty feeling
1 cup baking soda
1 cup vinegar

Pour the ingredients into the clogged drain. Wait approximate 5 minutes and run hot water. Repeat if necessary
Oven and Stove Tops
1/2 cup of baking soda
1 cup hot water
Sprinkle the baking soda over the bottom of the oven until white. Spray water until baking soda is soaked and. leave overnight.
For heavier spills and stove tops:

1 teaspoon of washing soda
1/4 tsp liquid soap
2 cups hot water

Add washing soda and soap to hot water in spray bottle. Use gloves when wiping up.
Glass Cleaner
1 cup vinegar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Mix in a spray bottle and use to clean windows or any other glass, chrome and stainless steel surfaces, and tile.
2 tablespoons ammonia
1/2 cup alcohol
1/4 teaspoon dishwashing liquid
Combine the ammonia, alcohol, dishwashing liquid, then add enough water to make 1 liter. Lemon juice or vinegar can be substituted for ammonia.
Metal Polish
Copper and Brass
1/4 cup salt
Small amount of vinegar

Add enough vinegar to the salt to create a paste. Apply with a rag and rub clean.

Stainless Steel
Baking soda

Apply baking soda with a damp cloth.
Polishing silver
tin foil
2 tablespoons baking soda
2 tablespoons salt
Line a glass pan or pot with tinfoil and add baking soda and salt. Pour in the boiling water and leave silverware to soak for about 15 minutes or as needed. Remove and polish with toothpaste. Rinse as needed

Wood, Tiles and Linoleum Floors
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 gallon warm water
Mop floors as needed.
Floor Polish for Wood Floors
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
Mix the ingredients well, rub on the floor, and buff the floor with an old towel.
Floor Wax Remover
1 cup laundry detergent
3/4 cup ammonia
1 gallon warm water

Mix all the ingredients together and apply to a small area of the floor at a time. Leave the solution on the floor for 5 - 10 minutes and scrap the wax up with a plastic scraper so as not to damage the floor. Repeat if needed.. Mop up all the old wax and then wash the floor with a mixture of 1/4 cup of vinegar to 1 gallon warm water.
Carpet Cleaner
1/4 teaspoon dishwashing liquid
1 cup lukewarm water
1 tablespoon of vinegar
Combine the ingredients. Use a spray bottle to apply the solution over a large area, or use the solution to spot-clean. (Don't use substitutes for dishwashing detergent as it may affect your carpet) For pet urine stains increase the amount of vinegar to 1/2 cup and pour on stain. Blot up with an old towel.
Carpet Deodorizer
1/2 cup crushed dried lavender or rosemary
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon of baking soda
Combine all the ingredients in a container and sprinkle over carpet. Let sit for an hour before vacuuming up. Double recipe for larger carpet.
Furniture Polish
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
Apply with a clean rag or spray bottle.
Toilet Bowl
1/2 cup of baking soda
1 cup of vinegar
Put vinegar in the toilet and let stand for about a half an hour then sprinkle in the baking soda. Scrub toilet as usual. Once a month put the 1 cup of vinegar in at night and leave overnight or use recipe below.
Toilet Bowl
1 cup borax
1/4 cup vinegar or
2 tablespoons lemon juice (optional)
Combine the ingredients to make a paste. Apply it to the inside of the toilet bowl, let sit for 1 to 2 hours or overnight as needed and scrub.
Bath Tub and Tile
1/2 lemon or 1 tablespoon of lemon juice

Enough borax to make a paste and use an old toothbrush to clean dirty areas. Use the rest on an old cloth to clean tiles.

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