Natural Floor Cleaning
- Microfiber cloth grabs dirt, with almost no need for cleaning solutions at all. The cover for the microfiber floor mop can also be thrown in the washer.
- Remove the dull film on no-wax linoleum with 1/2 cup of white vinegar mixed into 1/2 gallon of water.
- Remove scuff marks from floors with an eraser.
- Crayon marks on the floor can be erased with toothpaste. Add toothpaste to a damp cloth and rub marks off.
- Use a mixture of 1 cup of vinegar to a bucket of water as a general floor cleaner.
- Clean brick or stone floors with vinegar. Add 1 cup white vinegar to 1 gallon of water. Scrub the floor with a brush and the vinegar solution. Rinse with clean water.
- Ceramic tile can be cleaned with vinegar. Add 1/4 cup of white vinegar to 1 gallon of water. Increase the amount of vinegar for an extra dirty floor.
- Remove wax build-up from vinyl or asbestos tile with club soda. Pour the soda on straight, scrub, and let soak for a few minutes.
- For a strong floor cleaner, add 1/3 cup of borax, 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap, and 1 tablespoon of ammonia to 1 gallon of warm water.
- Remove grease spots from floors with salt. Pour salt on the grease spot as soon as possible to absorb grease so it won’t stain.
- Remove water marks from wood floors with toothpaste. Dampen a soft cloth and add toothpaste. Rub with the grain.
- A general floor cleaner consists of 1 cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup of castile soap in a bucket of water.
- Clean wood floors that are dull or cloudy with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar per quart of warm water. Rub on with a soft cloth and rub with the grain. For extra shine, buff with a soft cloth.
- Remove wet spots from wood floors with vinegar mixed with olive oil. Rub with the grain.
Natural Wall Cleaners
A general wall cleaner consists of 1/3 cup of borax, 1 teaspoon of ammonia, and 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap in 1 gallon of warm water.
Remove marks from painted walls with an eraser.
Remove a grease spot from papered wall with an iron. Cover the area with several paper towels (plain white). Go over the towels with an iron on warm. When cool, go over the spot with half water and half white vinegar.
Use toothpaste on a damp cloth to scrub stubborn marks off walls. Use only white paste, not color paste and not gel.
Clean very dirty walls with baking soda on a damp cloth. Scrub, then wipe away marks.
Clean walls from the bottom up or you will get cleaner streaks that last just about forever.
Buy a brand new sponge mop just for cleaning floors and ceilings. Once you use a mop on the floor, it never seems clean enough again for walls.
Remove stuck-on items from painted walls with vinegar. With a wet cloth, squeeze the vinegar behind the item to loosen the glue.
If you have streaks in your windows, use a felt blackboard eraser to wipe them away.
One window cleaner consits of 3 tablespoons of vinegar, 2 cups of warer, and 1/2 teaspoon of liquid castile soap . Mix first.
Add 1/2 cup of cornstarch to 2 quarts of warm water to clean windows. Wash the windows with a wet sponge and wipe dry. Buffing will add extra shine.
Clean windows with 1/2 cup of cornstarch and 2 quarts of warm water. Wash the windows then buff dry.
To clean windows, mix equal part of water and vinegar.
Clean windows with equal parts of water and lemon juice.
Windex window cleaner will remove most stains from carpeting.
Vinegar will remove most stains from carpets – but test in a closet first to be sure it won’t lighten the carpet.
A strong carpet cleaner consists of 1/4 cup of salt, 1/4 vinegar, and 1/4 cup of borax. Rub this paste into the carpet and let set for a few hours, then vacuum.
Deodorize carpeting with baking soda . Sprinkle on carpet, let set overnight, then vacuum.
To clean up wet spills on carpeting, cover the area with borax to blot the spill, and shake borax over the area. Let dry, then vacuum.
Carpet Spills and Stains: For problem wet areas, blot up spill, sprinkle on 20 Mule Team Borax to cover area. Let this dry, then vacuum. Red or pink wine can be removed from carpeting with white wine or club soda.
Wine or alcohol stains on carpeting can be cleaned with borax. Add 1/2 cup of borax to a pint of water. Let set for 1/h hour, wash clean with spray shampoo, let dry, and vacuum.
Clean mud from carpeting by lettting it dry before thoroughly and vacuuming it up.
Mud or dirt can be cleaned from carpets with salt. Cover mud with a thick layer of salt, let dry, and vacuum.
Furniture Cleaning Tips
Clean dirt and built-up polish from wood furniture with a mixture of 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of white vinegar, and 1 quart of warm water. Shake the mixture, apply with a soft cloth, and dry with another soft cloth.
To remove paper that is stuck on wood furniture, apply oil. Let set, then wipe off with a soft cloth.
White toothpaste (not gel) will remove white water spots from wood furniture. Use a damp cloth, add toothpaste, and scrub.
Remove food stains (from berries, etc.) from hands with Natural Apple Cider Vinegar .
A waterless way to clean grease from hands is by rubbing shaving cream between them.
Dried latex paint should come right off hands by rubbing them with shaving cream . Wet latex paint will wash off with water or soapy water.
Enamel paint should come off your hands if you rub them with mineral oil or vegetable oil.
Clean auto grease off your hands with margarine or butter.
Remove ink from hands by wiping them with shortening.
Sap will come off your hands if you rub them with margarine.
Remove onion odor from your hands by rubbing your hands and fingers with a stainless spoon.
Onion odor on your hands will disappear if you rub your hands over the stainless steel sink.
Rub vinegar on your hands before and after slicing onions to eliminate the odor.
Ink and markers will come off your hands if you wipe them with alcohol .