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You go to your utility cupboard and discover that you have no cleansers. The house is in disarray, company’s coming and there’s no time to drive to the store for last minute items. Don”t worry! There are some on-hand fixes in your home right now that can help you. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Baking Soda: I can”t begin to say enough about Baking Soda. It’s non-toxic, a cleanser, deodorizer, and also removes stains. If you add it to your wash water it softens fabrics too. I like to add some ground citrus rinds to a batch for the refrigerator (lemon specifically does a great job), dried lavender flowers for the bathroom, and cinnamon for the boy’s closets. Add a little water to create a paste for scrubbing, or more water for a solution. If you want, blend it 50-50 with salt for greater scrubbing quality (note: salt can scratch some surfaces).

BTW if your garbage disposal starts smelling nasty, mix 1/2 gallon of water with ‚¼ cup baking soda and ‚½ cup vinegar. Let this sit in your disposal for a few minutes before rinsing with warm water.

Borax: (Twenty Mule Team Borax has been on the market virtually unchanged for over a hundred years) This mineral gets rid of bacteria and certain molds. A much more pleasant alternative than bleach. Borax improves its effectiveness when blended with lemon juice for tough stains (like the toilet). Mix the two together in a paste, apply and let sit for two hours before scrubbing. You can also use vinegar instead of lemon if preferred.

Cornstarch: Beyond being able to absorb grease stains, cornstarch can stiffen cloth (it’s what goes into commercial starch sprays!).

Cream of Tartar: a perfect soft cleanser for porcelain surfaces. Put a little on a damp wash rag and rub gently.

Salt: a relatively gentle scrubber and cleaner. Try mixing it with a little lemon juice for a great scent and good cleansing action.
Toothpaste: a soft abrasive when you have nothing that’s gentle to clean sensitive surfaces. Also does a great job silver on jewelry.

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