Safer Products Part II

Household Cleansers

Homemade cleansers are safer and cheaper than most store-bought varieties. They are safer for both the user and the environment, plus easier on the checkbook! The following substances clean well and are safe enough to eat:


White vinegar will:

  • remove stubborn stains from furniture upholstery and clothes
  • kill germs on bathroom fixtures
  • clean soap scum, mildew, and grime from the bathtub, tile, and shower curtains
  • clean rust from tools, bolts, and spigots
  • prevent bright-colored clothes from fading in the wash

Club Soda

Club soda will:

  • clean grease stains from double-knit fabrics
  • remove wine spills or other spots from carpet
  • clean and shine porcelain fixtures
  • clean chrome or stainless steel
  • remove food stains from clothes

Baking Soda

Baking soda will:

  • clean a microwave oven
  • remove tarnish from silver
  • clean a stainless steel sink
  • deodorize garbage disposals and drains
  • remove crayon marks from walls or wallpaper

(Adapted from an article in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, September 29, 2001.)

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