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May 3, 2013

Clean Cleaners

     Expanding on our last post, here are a few easy tips on cleaning your own home with your own homemade ingredients! I’ve done a little research through trial and error, as well as through my good friend, Google. Here are some of my favorite cleaning methods:
Air Freshener: I’ve never seen more worthless waste of packaging than with commercial air fresheners. I’ve found that placing cinnamon, orange peel,  and cloves in simmering water makes for a great air cleanser. Also, if you need to eliminate a seriously bad smell, you can simmer 2 tablespoons of white vinegar in 1 cup of water.
Drain Opener or Cleaner: Not to be combined with any commercial drain cleaner. Drain cleaners you find in the store are truly scary, and something that I wouldn’t wish on the evil moles in my yard.
Preventative measures: The best ways to keep your drains clear are using a strainer, and never pouring grease down them. Pouring boiling water or vinegar with baking soda down your drain weekly can break down the fats and gunk that build up. Follow that up with a Wash down with straight boiling water.
“But, Brielle,” you say, “It’s already clogged”: If you are starting with a clogged drain. , Plungers work like a dream. You can even buy a new one and , keep it under your sink and write “NOT FOR TOILET” if you want. Plungers can dislodge the clog and since water doesn’t compress like air,  all the force that you plunge with is applied to the clog and hopefully it will wash away. If that doesn’t work, a drain snake can often work its way through the clog to get things moving.
Again, I emphasize, Do not combine these methods with commercial drain cleaners.
Carpet: Rug cleaners can be costly and a pain to rent, so here are some good methods you can use to keep the rug doctor away.
Odors: Sprinkle baking soda on a completely dry carpet. For longer carpets you can gently sweep the carpet with a broom so the powder be is spread throughout. Wait 15 minutes or more for stronger odors. Vacuum thoroughly.
Removing Spots: Clean up spills as soon as possible by blotting from the outside towards the center with a towel. Test white vinegar on a small inconspicuous area. If the carpet is not faded in 15 minutes then apply to the spill area.
Red wine or blood spots: Cold water or club soda can be poured on the stain and blotted up. Repeat with fresh rags each time until no more shows on the rag shows no red.
Ink stains: Sprinkle cream of tartar and lemon juice on stain. Sponge out with warm water.
All Purpose Cleaner: 4 tablespoons of baking soda in a quart of warm water make a great kitchen and bathroom surface cleaner.
Isopropyl Alcohol is a safer alternative to store bought disinfectants but can  still be hazardous if ingested. Sponge onto area to be disinfected and let dry completely.
     These basics should just get you started in your household chores. Say goodbye to your under sink chem-lab and find out more ways to attack the grime by going online for your individual cleaning needs. Don’t be afraid to try something new and have fun being creative.

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