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Homemade Cleaning Agents

Bathroom Rx

  • Clean and disinfect a variety of surfaces with 1/2 cup borax mixed with 1 gallon of hot water.
  • For smaller areas, sponge surface with rubbing alcohol to get rid of germs. Allow to dry. Use in a well-ventilated area and wear gloves.
  • Drop two denture-cleaning tablets into your toilet and let sit overnight. Brush, then flush.
  • Remove tub and shower mildew with 1/2 cup baking soda and enough water to make a paste. Apply with toothbrush to reach tight spots and get into the grout.
  • Soften hard lime deposits around faucets with vinegar-soaked paper towels. Leave towels on faucet for an hour, then clean.
  • Remove showerhead deposits with vinegar. For metal showerheads, mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1 quart water in a pot. Submerge showerhead in mixture, then boil for 15 minutes. For plastic showerhead, mix 1 pint vinegar with 1 pint hot water in a bowl and let shower-head soak for an hour. Scrub off deposits with a toothbrush.