Stain Removal

For this: Try this:
Air freshener Simmer cinnamon and cloves
Aluminum spot remover 2 tablespoons cream of tartar + 1 quart hot water
Ants Red chili powder at point of entry
Bleach Borax
Brass polish Worcestershire sauce
Car battery corrosion Baking soda + 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 + salt
Decal remover Soak in white vinegar
Dish detergent - grease cutter 1/2 cup baking soda + usual amount of liquid detergent
Drain cleaner Plunger followed by 1/2 cup baking soda + 1/2 cup of vinegar + 2 quarts boiling water
Fertilizer Compost and vermicompost
Fiberglass stain remover Baking soda paste
Flea & tick repellent Scatter pine needles, fennel, rye or rosemary on pet's bed
Fleas (on pets) Feed pet brewer's yeast, vitamin B or garlic tablets
Flies (insects) Well watered pot of basil
Floor cleaner 1 cup vinegar + 2 gallons water
Furniture polish 1 tablespoon lemon oil in 1 pint of mineral oil
Garbage disposal deodorizers Used lemons
Grease fire Douse with baking soda
Grease removal Borax on damp cloth
Handcleaner for paint/grease Baby oil
Ink spot remover Cold water + 1 tablespoon cream of tartar + 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Insects on plants Soapy water on leaves, then rinse
Laundry detergent Basic soap
Laundry pre-soak Make paste of washing soda & water; apply to spots
Linoleum floor cleaner 1 cup white vinegar + 2 gallons water
Mildew remover Equal parts of vinegar and salt
Mosquito repellent Burn citronella candles
Moth repellent Cedar chips or dried lavendar enclosed in cotton sachets
Multi-Purpose Cleaner Mix 1/2 cup ammonia, 1/3 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup baking soda
in 1 gallon of warm water
Nematode (parasitic worm) repellent Plant marigolds
Oil stain remover White chalk rubbed into stain before laundering
Oven cleaner 2 tablespoons liquid soap + 2 teaspoons borax + warm water
Paint; oil based/stain/spray Water-based, non-aerosol paints
Paint brush softener Hot vinegar
Perspiration spot remover Baking soda
Pet odor remover Cider vinegar
Porcelain cleaner Make paste from baking soda & water; let set, rub clean and rinse
Refrigerator deodorizer Open box baking soda
Roach repellent Chopped bay leaves and cucumber skins
Rug/carpet cleaner Club soda
Rust removal (clothing) Lemon juice + salt + sunlight
Rusty bolt/nut removal Carbonated beverage
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
Slug and snail repellent Onion and marigold plants
Spot remover Club soda, lemon juice, or salt
Stainless steel polish Mineral oil
Toilet bowl cleaner Paste of borax + lemon juice
Tub and tile cleaner 1/4 cup baking soda + 1/2 cup white vinegar + warm water
Upholstery spot removal Club soda
Water mark removal Toothpaste
Water softener 1/4 cup vinegar
Wine stain removal Salt
Window cleaner Use 1/2 cup of vinegar in 1 gallon of warm water
Wood polish 3 parts olive oil + 1 part white vinegar; almond or olive oil (interior unvarnished wood only)

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