Chemical Alternatives

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Chemical Alternatives 


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Ants Red chili powder at entry, hot boiling water in the mound
Drain Cleaner Plunger followed by 1/2 cup of baking soda + 1/2 cup vinegar + 2 quarts boiling water
Fertilizer Compost
Flea & Tick repellant Pine needles, fennel, rye or rosemary on or in pet's bed
Fleas (on pet) Feed pet Brewer's Yeast, Vitamin B or garlic tablets
Flies (insects) Well watered basil plant
Insects on plants Soapy water on leaves, then rinse
Mildew remover Equal parts vinegar and salt
Worm repellant Plant marigolds
Oven cleaner 2 table spoons liquid soap + 2 tsp borax and warm water
Paint; oil based/stain/spray Water based, non aerosol paints
Paint brush softener Hot vinegar
Roach repellant Chopped Bay leaves & cucumber skins
Rusty bolt and nut removal Carbonated beverage
Slug and snail repellant Onion and marigold plants
Spot remover Club soda, lemon juice or salt
Air freshener Simmer cinnamon and cloves
Aluminum spot remover 2 table spoons cream of tartar + 1 quart hot water
Bleach Borax
Brass polish Worcestershire sauce
Car battery corrosion Baking soda and water
Chrome polish Apple cider vinegar; then polish with baby oil
Cleaners (general household) Baking soda
Coffee cup stain remover Moist salt
Coffee pot stain Vinegar
Copper cleaner Lemon juice and salt
Decal remover Soak in white vinegar
Dish detergent- grease cutter 1/2 cup baking soda + usual amount of liquid soap
Fiberglass stain remover Baking soda paste
Floor cleaner 1 cup vinegar + 2 gallons of water
Furniture polish 1 tablespoon lemon oil in 1 pint of mineral oil (baby oil)
Garbage disposal deodorizers Used lemons
Grease fire Douse with baking soda
Grease removal Borax on damp cloth
Hand cleaner for paint or grease Baby oil
Ink spot remover Cold water + 1 tablespoon cream of tartar + 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Laundry detergent Basic soap
Laundry pre-soak Make paste of baking soda and water and apply to spots
Linoleum floor cleaner 1 cup white vinegar + 2 gallons water
Mosquito repellant Burn citronella candles
Multi Purpose cleaner Mix 1/2 cup ammonia, 1/3 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 gal warm water
Oil stain remover White chalk rubbed into the stain before laundering
Perspiration spot remover Baking soda
Pet odor remover Cider Vinegar
Porcelain cleaner Make paste from baking soda and water; let set, rub clean and rinse
Rug and carpet cleaner Club soda
Rust removal (clothing) Lemon juice + salt + sunlight
Scorch mark removal Grated onion
Scouring powder Baking soda
Shaving cream Brush and shaving soap
Shoe polish Banana peel
Silver polish 1 quart warm water + 1 tablespoon baking soda + piece of aluminum foil + 1 tablespoon salt
Stainless steel polish Mineral oil
Toilet bowel cleaner Paste of borax and lemon juice
Tub and tile cleaner 1/4 cup baking soda + 1/2 cup white vinegar + warm water
Upholstery spot remover Club soda
Water mark removal Toothpaste
Water softener 1/4 cup vinegar
Wine stain removal Salt
Window cleaner 1/2 cup vinegar in 1 gallon warm water
Wood polish 3 parts olive oil + 1 part white vinegar; almond or olive oil (interior unvarnished wood only)

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