For DIY month, we thought we'd round up a few homemade cleaning solutions from the pantry. Looking in your kitchen cupboard, you can find a wealth of supplies that are cheaper and greener than most store-bought cleaners. Click below for our top 9 and how to use them...
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- Olive oil removes glue residue and makes a good substitute for oil-finish wood cleaners. (Just make sure not to use oil on stained or antique wood.)
- Hot sauce makes a great copper cleaner. Just rub it in, rinse, and polish with a rag. (Lemon juice also works.)
- Baking Soda's many uses include cleaning silver, deodorizing, and declogging a drain.
- Lemons are another all-purpose cleaner, great for removing lime scale, cleaning windows, and removing ink spots.
- White Vinegar is very useful as a cleaner and disinfectant. Dilute it with 50% water to make an all-purpose cleaner.
- Toothpaste works well for cleaning chrome and enamel sinks.
- White wine is a natural stain remover. At a party, pour it over a fresh red wine spill and it will keep the stain from setting.
- Vodka cleans chrome, porcelain, and removes stains on clothing. A spritz of a 50/50 vodka-water mixture also helps to freshen clothes.
- Table salt soaks up fresh stains and helps to remove grease from dishes.
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