your windows with a half-and-half mixture of water and vinegar. Dry
with old newspapers.
To absorb odors,
use baking soda in an open container.
A heavy duty carpet
cleaner can be made by mixing 1/4 cup salt, 1/4 cup borax and 1/4 cup vinegar.
Rub paste into carpet and leave for a few hours. Vacuum.
To deodorize a
carpet, sprinkle liberally with baking soda, let sit for a few hours or
overnight, then vacuum well.
can be made by mixing equal parts of borax and baking soda. Store the mixture
in a tightly sealed container. Use 2 tablespoons per load. If you have
hard water, double the amount of baking soda in your mixture. For either
mixture, use vinegar in the rinse cycle.
Drains can be
kept unclogged using this method. Pour 1/2 cup baking soda down drain.
Add 1/2 cup white vinegar and cover drain, if possible. Let sit for 5 minutes,
then pour a kettle of boiling water down drain. (The vinegar and baking
soda break down fatty acids, allowing the clog to wash down the drain.)
This method can be used weekly to help prevent drain clogs. Warning:
Do not use this method if you have used a commercial drain opener and it
may still be present in the drain.
Fabrics will be
softer and you will have less static cling if you add 1/2 cup of white
vinegar, baking soda OR borax to the rinse cycle of your wash.
Lemon juice can
be substituted for vinegar for people who are sensitive to vinegar.