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Cleaning products account for a substantial portion of each household's grocery budget. With laundry detergent topping the list as high as $15 per bottle, it isn't hard to see why. One could easily fill a cabinet or two with the bevy of cleaning products advertised on television. It seems that there's a product for every surface in the home, requiring a shopper to invest more and more. It's good to know when walking down the cleaning aisle that you might already have the product to do the job, and you might have it for less.
A great trick for grass stained laundry is to use rubbing alcohol. Forget reapplying stain fighter to the area over and over. Alcohol breaks down the oils in the grass, leaving a basic stain to remove afterward. Keep rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle by your washer and spray it on the green marks, letting it evaporate from the fabric before pre-treating or laundering. Rubbing alcohol also gets pen and some marker out of fabric. Spray the alcohol on the pen and immediately blot it with a white towel. The pen will magically disappear.
What is cream of tartar? Cream of Tartar is potassium bitartrate. It is an acidic salt that comes from grapes and it is made from the crystals that form on the inside of fermentation tanks while making wine. This is purified and used for baking and cooking, but as I just found out recently, it is great for cleaning too.
You mix a few tablespoons of this with a little hot water and it cleans the following items really well:
Copper kettles become clean when you mix cream of tartar with lemon juice and rub the copper part of the kettle with it. Porcelain is no match for cream of tartar when cleaning needs to be done.
It makes a good soft abrasive cleanser.
You can find it in the spice area of your local grocery store. Cream of tartar will clump if left out in a humid environment. Store in a cool, and very dry place.
I've always hated wasting shampoo and the last part of the bottle. So I bought a pretty basket and set it on the floor next to the shower, now when the bottle gets too low I put it in the basket upside down.
Since baking powder contains baking soda, it could be substituted when cleaning. It is however more expensive, so not a good regular alternative.