I found alot of ideas at about.com and search for frugal lifestyles. Over 300 uses for vinegar and baking soda and even how to make your own lau ndry detergent which I now do. Cost 32 cents per load.
i worked for 15 years at a laundry mat. for old or new blood stain use hydrogen peroxide right on the stain. older stains may require a couple of applications but believe me it works.
Go to www.recipegoldmine.com. They have recipes of all kinds: not only food but they have a great section of cleaning and household supplies as well as cosmetics, cleaners, etc. Good Luck!!
Go to http://www.snipurl.com/libw This website has copies of a 1925 Missouri Farm Women's cookbook. While most of it is recipes, if you scroll towards the end, there are household cleaning tips, listed under miscellaneous, for that era. I find this web site very interesting to read. I hope this helps.
For smelly odors, you can use Vanilla , it takes away odors of most anykind ! You can even put some vanilla on cotton balls and put through the house for a lovely smell too !
Very often my grandmother would use vinegar, lemon juice or borax to clean. People have also used old newspaper to clean windows. What a neat project your son has chosen. I'd give him an "A " just for imagination. You might looked up those items individually on the web and find out other purposes that people used them for. Good Luck with the project !
Here are a few: Mix Borax and Water to make a paste=Porcelain Bath Tub Cleaner; Stains on clothes =Colgate Toothpaste; Breck Shampoo removes stains like grease, blood, grass, ink; sluggish drains=vinegar and baking soda; To unclog a drain=
drop three Alka-Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of white vinegar; wait a few minutes, then run hot water.
What about baking soda, vinegar, borax, water softener or denture tablets? Those are a few of the items I use as alternates to store bought prepared cleaners.
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