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Cleaning products are easy to make at home, and manufacturers charge exorbitant prices for basic ingredients. On cleaning day whip up a batch of homemade cleaners and enjoy a healthy, clean home and a fat wallet.
Find a rectangular plastic container to store your dryer sheets. Then, cut some leftover fabric into rectangular shapes that fit nicely into the container. Make a mixture of two parts water to one part generic fabric softener. This will eliminate the static cling in your dryer. Then, stack the fabric in the container and pour the liquid generously over the pieces.
First, sweep the floor with a stiff broom to loosen the pile and the dirt. Then, mix two parts Borax with one part cornmeal to make a powder. After generously sprinkling this mixture on the carpet, let it sit for an hour before vacuuming. This will not only deodorize the carpet but prevent mold growth deep within the fibers. If the carpet carries a heavy odor, sprinkle baking soda on it before a second vacuuming.
Remaining stains can be treated with a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water. Following that, a carpet cleaner should be used with the hottest water available. If you prefer a liquid carpet cleaner, try using a natural laundry detergent instead of the chemically laden cleaners sold for $10 a bottle. Follow any detergent cleaning with a hot water only wash.
Finely grate a bar of Fels Naptha soap. Measure 2 cups of the grated soap for this recipe. Then, add that to 1 cup of sodium carbonate, also known as washing soda or soda ash. Lastly, add 1 cup of Borax. Mix all of this together and store it in a sealed container. Two tablespoons per laundry load will clean the clothes.
Disposable static cling duster cloths, branded as Swiffers, really are costly. Make your own dusters to use on the brand's wands by using some leftover or clearance bin flannel. Cut each piece to 7 inches by 4 inches and layer them three or four layers thick. Sew them together with two straight lines, each .75 of an inch from center. This 1.5 inch center channel will slip onto your branded handle. Using a pinking sheer if one is available, fray the edges by cutting the layers into unaligned fringes. These dusters can be washed over and over again, gaining more static power as they fray and pill with use.
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