Saturday, June 6, 2009

Green and Frugal: Surprising Cleaners

Sure, you've heard of vinegar, lemons and even sugar as being green and frugal cleaners. Here are a few more, courtesy of Real Simple magazine, that you may not know existed:

  • Ketchup removes tarnish from brass and copper cookware.
    Squeeze ketchup on a cloth and rub it on pots and pans. Rinse with warm water and dry with a towel.

  • Tea can be used to scour rusty garden tools.
    Brew a few pots of strong black tea. When cool, pour into a bucket and soak tools for a few hours. Wipe each tool with a cloth. (Wear rubber gloves or your hands will get stained.)

  • Glycerin removes dried wax drippings from candlesticks.
    Peel off as much wax as possible, then moisten a cotton ball with glycerin and rub until clean.

  • Club soda works great to shine a scuffed up stainless-steel sink.
    Buff sink with a cloth dampened with club soda, then wipe dry with another clean, dry cloth.

  • Hydrogen peroxide is a great keyboard disinfect.
    Dip a cotton swab in hydrogen peroxide to get into those nooks and crannies.
Have a little-known household item that you use as a cleaner? If it's green and frugal, we want to hear about it.

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