Pour 1/2 cup baking soda and then 1/2 cup of vinegar. Cover up the drain during the crazy chemical reaction. Wait 15 mins and pour a pot of boiling water. It totally clears up the clogged drain caused by my long hair and it's easier on the pipes than Drano. Works every time!!
Baking Soda as Silver Polish To polish silver: Wash items, then place on aluminum foil in the bottom of a pot. Add a baking-soda solution (¼ cup soda, a few teaspoons salt, 1 quart boiling water) and cover for a few seconds. The result? A chemical reaction that gets the black off the gravy boat.
Just did this- it works!!! DIY toilet cleaner! Prep: 2 min. Cost: 48¢ Yield: 1 cup (enough for 1 use) INGREDIENTS: ½ cup baking soda, 10 drops tea-tree essential oil½ cup, distilled white vinegar. INSTRUCTIONS: Pour baking soda directly into the toilet bowl, add oil, then vinegar—in that order. Let water effervesce for several minutes, then scrub bowl with brush. Flush.
Add orange peels (or any citrus peel) to a quart of white vinegar in a closed container and let it set for two weeks. Combine citrus/vinegar solution half/half with water and use for cleaning. Works on floors, tile, fixtures, etc. Smells good and is tough on scum! Best of all there are no chemicals.
Borax ant bait. Borax is the most common ingredient in house ant control products, and get this: it's absolutely 100% natural. The best way (in my opinion) to use Borax is to mix 1 cup of warm water with 1/2 cup of sugar, and 2 tablespoons of Borax. Then soak the Borax mixture up with cotton balls and place those cotton balls near any trails the ants have established in your home. Feeding frenzy... tomorrow they'll be gone
ONLY use this and it leaves floor spotless. (Heavy duty floor cleaner recipe: cup white vinegar 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap cup baking soda 2 gallons tap water, very warm.) It leaves everything smelling amazing.
Clean the drain! 1. Boil a pot of water. 2. Pour baking soda down the drain. Baking soda can neutralize fatty acids so it will work while you are waiting for the water to boil. 3. Once the water has reached a rolling boil remove it from the stove and pour it down the drain. 4. Let the water and baking soda work for 10 minutes. 5. After 10 minutes pour 1 cup of bleach down the drain to kill any remaining bacteria.
Behold the power of vinegar: How to Make Homemade Shower Cleaner 1. In a spray bottle, mix half white vinegar and half Dawn 2. Spray all over the shower and let sit for two hours 3. Wipe shower clean! I did this today - it worked super swell!
Remove urine stains from a mattress, upholstered furniture, carpet, etc. Pour 8 oz. hydrogen peroxide into a measuring cup, add 3T baking soda and stir till dissolved. Pour into a spray bottle, add a drop or two of dishwashing soap (Dawn, Palmolive, etc). Shake it up then spray it on the stained area. When it dries, the stain should be gone. (Test in an inconspicuous place first to be sure the solution doesn't remove the color from the fabric.)
Amazing home-made stain remover: 1 cup of water 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide (can get from the dollar store) 1/2 cup baking soda 1/2 cup white vinegar (to help whiten and soften the load) Fill a container with almost-boiling water. Add in a generous amount of the home-made oxy-clean and a good squirt of liquid dishwashing soap. Make sure the clothes are fully submerged. Let it sit for a minimum of four hours. Pour the clothes and extra liquid into your washing machine and wash as usual.