Chemical Alternatives

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Chemical Alternatives 

 

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AntsRed chili powder at entry, hot boiling water in the mound
Drain CleanerPlunger followed by 1/2 cup of baking soda + 1/2 cup vinegar + 2 quarts boiling water
FertilizerCompost
Flea & Tick repellantPine 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 plantsSoapy water on leaves, then rinse
Mildew removerEqual parts vinegar and salt
Worm repellantPlant marigolds
Oven cleaner2 table spoons liquid soap + 2 tsp borax and warm water
Paint; oil based/stain/sprayWater based, non aerosol paints
Paint brush softenerHot vinegar
Roach repellantChopped Bay leaves & cucumber skins
Rusty bolt and nut removalCarbonated beverage
Slug and snail repellantOnion and marigold plants
Spot removerClub soda, lemon juice or salt
Air freshenerSimmer cinnamon and cloves
Aluminum spot remover2 table spoons cream of tartar + 1 quart hot water
BleachBorax
Brass polishWorcestershire sauce
Car battery corrosionBaking soda and water
Chrome polishApple cider vinegar; then polish with baby oil
Cleaners (general household)Baking soda
Coffee cup stain removerMoist salt
Coffee pot stainVinegar
Copper cleanerLemon juice and salt
Decal removerSoak in white vinegar
Dish detergent- grease cutter1/2 cup baking soda + usual amount of liquid soap
Fiberglass stain removerBaking soda paste
Floor cleaner1 cup vinegar + 2 gallons of water
Furniture polish1 tablespoon lemon oil in 1 pint of mineral oil (baby oil)
Garbage disposal deodorizersUsed lemons
Grease fireDouse with baking soda
Grease removalBorax on damp cloth
Hand cleaner for paint or greaseBaby oil
Ink spot removerCold water + 1 tablespoon cream of tartar + 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Laundry detergentBasic soap
Laundry pre-soakMake paste of baking soda and water and apply to spots
Linoleum floor cleaner1 cup white vinegar + 2 gallons water
Mosquito repellantBurn citronella candles
Multi Purpose cleanerMix 1/2 cup ammonia, 1/3 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup baking soda in 1 gal warm water
Oil stain removerWhite chalk rubbed into the stain before laundering
Perspiration spot removerBaking soda
Pet odor removerCider Vinegar
Porcelain cleanerMake paste from baking soda and water; let set, rub clean and rinse
Rug and carpet cleanerClub soda
Rust removal (clothing)Lemon juice + salt + sunlight
Scorch mark removalGrated onion
Scouring powderBaking soda
Shaving creamBrush and shaving soap
Shoe polishBanana peel
Silver polish1 quart warm water + 1 tablespoon baking soda + piece of aluminum foil + 1 tablespoon salt
Stainless steel polishMineral oil
Toilet bowel cleanerPaste of borax and lemon juice
Tub and tile cleaner1/4 cup baking soda + 1/2 cup white vinegar + warm water
Upholstery spot removerClub soda
Water mark removalToothpaste
Water softener1/4 cup vinegar
Wine stain removalSalt
Window cleaner1/2 cup vinegar in 1 gallon warm water
Wood polish3 parts olive oil + 1 part white vinegar; almond or olive oil (interior unvarnished wood only)

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