Homemade carpet powder. Also a reader wrote: according to a friend, if you add a cup of borax to this mixture it will kill any bugs that may be in your carpet! (fleas, etc!) Another said: I use nutmeg or clove ground with baking soda, and everyone can't find why my house smells so inviting and homey.
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Best Way to clean your tub. Period. Make a paste of Borax for that grimy tub and tile or try swimming pool tile cleaner. For soap scum and water spots on glass doors, use equal parts of hot vinegar and Dawn dish soap in spray bottle. Just spray it on, scrub, rinse and be amazed. Allow it to sit overnight for stubborn stains and scrub with a dryer sheet or magic eraser.
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Great for all the pool towels this summer! Over time, towels build up detergent and fabric softener, leaving them unable to absorb as much water and smelling funky. Recharge them by washing them once with hot water and one cup vinegar, then a second time with hot water and half cup baking soda. This strips the residue and leaves them fresh and able to absorb more water again. Works like a charm!
How to get your dirty whites clean again... HOT HOT HOT water, 1 cap of laundry detergent, 1 cup powdered dish washer detergent, 1 cup bleach, 1/2 cup borax. Tell you what, you have to rewash it once to put softener in but it's the whitest you'll ever see your whites. If you omit the bleach it works great to get stains out of colors too (baby spit up is no longer a stain on OLD clothes)