Avoid eating ordinary table salts, they have a
chemical added to make it white. Table salt also has
an acidic effect on the body and causes many
maladies including high blood pressure and heart
dis-ease. Substitute with sea salt which is alkaline
and contains many essential minerals.
Soak stained fabrics in salt water before washing.
Sprinkle salt on your shelves to keep ants away.
Put a few grains of rice in your salt shaker for
Add salt to green salads to prevent wilting.
Clean your greens in salt water for easier removal
Test the freshness of eggs in a cup of salt water;
fresh eggs sink; bad ones float.
Add a little salt to your boiling water when cooking
eggs; a cracked egg will stay in its shell this way.
A tiny pinch of salt with egg whites makes them
beat up fluffier.
Soak wrinkled apples in a mildly salted water
solution to perk them up.
Rub salt on your pancake griddle and your
flapjacks won't stick.
Soak toothbrushes in salt water before you first
use them; they will last longer.
Use salt to clean your discolored coffee pot.
Soak nuts in salt brine overnight and they will crack
out of their
shells whole. Just tap the end of the shell with a
hammer to break it open easily.
Boil clothespins in salt water before using them
and they will last longer.
Clean brass, copper and pewter with paste
made of salt and vinegar thickened with flour.
Add a little salt to the water your cut flowers will
stand in for a longer life.
Pour a mound of salt on an ink spot on your carpet;
let the salt soak up the stain.
Clean your iron by rubbing some salt on a damp
cloth on the ironing surface.
Adding a little salt to the water when cooking foods
to make the food cook faster.
Use a mixture of salt and lemon juice to clean
To fill plaster holes in your walls, use equal parts
of salt and starch, with just enough water to make
a stiff putty.
Rinse a sore eye with a little salt water.
Mildly salted water makes an effective mouthwash.
Use it hot for a sore throat gargle.
Dry salt sprinkled on your toothbrush makes a good
Use salt to kill weeds in your lawn.
Eliminate excess suds with a sprinkle of salt.
A dash of salt enhances the taste of tea.
Salt improves the taste of cooked apples.
Soak your clothesline in salt water to prevent your
clothes from freezing to the line.
Rub wicker furniture with salt water to prevent
Freshen sponges by soaking them in salt water.
Add raw potatoes to stews and soups that are
Soak enamel pans in salt water overnight and boil
salt water in them the next day to remove burned-
Gelatin sets more quickly when a dash of salt is
Fruits put in mildly salted water after peeling
will not discolor.
Fabric colors hold fast in a salty water wash.
Use equal parts of salt and soda for brushing
Sprinkle salt in your oven before scrubbing clean.
Soaked discolored glass in a salt and vinegar
solution to remove stains.
Clean greasy pans with a paper towel and salt.
Salty water boils faster.
Add a pinch of salt to whipping cream to make it
whip more quickly.
Sprinkle salt in milk-scorched pans to remove odor.
A dash of salt improves the taste of coffee.
Salt and baking soda will sweeten the odor of your
Cover wine-stained fabric with salt; let sit, then
rinse in cool water.
Remove offensive odors from stove with salt
A pinch of salt improves the flavor of cocoa.
To remove grease stains in clothing, mix one
part salt to four parts rubbing alcohol.
Salt and lemon juice removes mildew.
Sprinkle salt between sidewalk bricks where you
don't want grass or weeds to grow.
Polish your old kerosene lamp with salt for a
Remove odors from sink drainpipes with a strong,
hot solution of salt water.
If a pie bubbles over in your oven, put a handful of
salt on top of the spilled juice. The mess won't
smell and will bake into a dry, light crust which will
wipe off easily when the oven has cooled.
teeth will be whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash.
Soak your toothbrush in a cup of peroxide to help kill germs.
Clean your counters and table tops with peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Place a little on your
dishrag when you wipe, or spray it on the counters.
After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria.
To fight athlete's foot fungus, spray a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water between and under the toes every
night and let dry.
Soak infected skin wounds in 3% peroxide for five to ten minutes several times a day. Even gangrene can be
through peroxide soaks.
Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect
without harming your septic system like bleach or most other disinfectants.
Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with your 50/50 mixture whenever you have a cold or plugged
sinuses. It will bubble and help to kill the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes then blow your nose into a tissue.
If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into your
mouth and hold it for ten minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly.
If you like a natural look to your hair, spray the 50/50 solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through.
You will not have the peroxide burnt blonde hair like the hair dye packages, but more natural highlights if your
hair is a light brown, reddish, or dirty blonde. It also lightens gradually so it's not a drastic change.
Put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath water to help rid boils, fungus or other skin infections.
12. You can also add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them.
If there is blood on clothing, pour directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold
water. Repeat if necessary.
13. Use peroxide to clean glass and mirrors.
on a cotton ball or plug in applicators created for this use. Place
in areas you want to freshen. Be aware that most aerosol and
plug in air fresheners contain toxic ingredients.
Ant Repellent: Place a few drops of pennyroyal essential
oil on a cotton ball. Place wherever ants have been seen.
1 cup baking soda
20 drops of any non-resinous essential oil
Mix together, sprinkle of carpets, leave for 10 minutes,
Check for color fastness and do not use on wet carpets.
1 cup salt
1 cup baking soda
1/4 ounce lemon essential oil
Pour all into the drain, followed by a kettle of boiling water.
Clothes Dryer : Most everyone knows that to prolong the
use of your clothes dryer, you should clean the lint filter
after each load. However, what most don't know is that the
dryer sheets used to prevent static cling cause an invisible
film over the filter mesh which prevents proper air flow.
One result is a burnt out heating unit, which can be very
pricey. Worse yet, clogged filters can make the dryer
overheat and catch on fire.
At least every six months, wash the filter with hot soapy
water, lightly scrubbing with a toothbrush. A clean filter can
double the life of your dryer and also helps reduce your
Disinfectant: 50/50 Rubbing alcohol and water
Envelope Reopening: If you seal an envelope and then
realize you forgot to include something inside, just place
your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two.
Viola! It unseals easily.
Eyeglass Screws: To prevent the screws in eyeglasses
from loosening, apply a small drop of clear nail polish to
the threads of the screws before tightening them.
1/2 cup white vinegar
20 drops lavender essential oil
Add to the final rinse cycle while washing.
Floor Cleaner: Mop floors using a mixture 50/50 water
and vinegar. For added strength, include a drop of natural
dish soap. Lemon juice can be added, leaving a fresh
Fruit Flies: To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small
glass and add a half inch off Apple Cider Vinegar and 2
drops of dish washing liquid. Mix well. You will find flies
drawn to the cup and gone forever!
Flies: Fill a sandwich bag about one third with water. Add
3-5 pennies and hang in areas where flies are a problem.
Furniture Polish for Wood:
2 tsp white vinegar
1T olive oil
3 drops lemon essential oil
1 1/2 cups water
Warm this mixture and apply to wood in small amounts,
then rub with a soft cloth.
Garbage Disposal Make ice cubes with a 50/50 mixture of
vinegar and water. Place the ice cubes in the disposal to
eliminate food smells. Add a lemon for a fresh scent.
Hard Floor Cleaner:
1 cup white vinegar
1 gallon warm water
10 drops or more of your favorite citrus essential oils
Be sure to check the manufacturer's instructions to see if
you can use pure essential oils first!
Laundry: Add baking soda or vinegar to each load to
help brighten clothes.
Measuring Cups: Before pouring sticky substances into
a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot
water, but don't dry the cup. Next, add your ingredient,
such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes out.
Mice: If you need to keep mice and other rodents away.
Use pure peppermint oil (not extract). Place a few drops
on cotton balls and place in areas where they come in.
You can also place a quart of water and a few drops of
peppermint oil in a spray bottle and spray around
baseboards and corners. The oil can be purchased at
health food stores or online.
It's cheaper than an exterminator and safer than traps and
poisons. It will not hurt pets and has a refreshing aroma.
Mineral Deposit Remover:
Fill distiller or tea pot with hot water. For every gallon of
water, add 1 cup of white vinegar. Boil for about 20
minutes. Cool and rinse.
Rust Remover: Saturate an abrasive sponge with Coca
Cola and scrub the rust stain. The phosphoric acid in the
coke is what gets the job done. I hope this makes you
wonder what it does to your intestinal track!
Scouring Powder: Use either baking soda or bon ami to
scrub dirty surfaces.
Shaving Lotion: Use hair conditioner or build up a lather
with soap to shave your legs. It's cheaper than shaving
cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great
way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like
when you tried it in your hair.
6 ounces distilled water
2 ounces denatured alcohol
1/4 tsp lemon, lime or grapefruit essential oil
10 drops tea tree oil
The oils have strong anti bacterial, antifungal and antiviral
Static Cling: Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip
and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing
works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose.
Toilet Bowl Spray Cleaner:
2 T. white vinegar (dissolves mineral buildup)
1/2 tsp orange essential oil
1/2 tsp grapefruit essential oil
1 cup distilled water
The oils loosen grime and give a fresh, clean scent.
Vacuum: To get something out of a heat register, under
the fridge or other tight places, add an empty paper towel
roll or empty gift wrap roll to the end of your vacuum
nozzle. It can be bent or flattened to get between narrow
Weeds: After planting and working nutrients in the soil, wet
newspapers and place in layers around the plants,
overlapping as you go. Cover with mulch and forget about
weeds. They will get through some gardening plastic but
they will not get through wet newspapers.
Window Cleaner: Make windows sparkle by cleaning
with 1/4 xcup of white vinegar per quart of water.
Windshield Fog: Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in
the glove box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with
the eraser! Works better than a cloth!
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vinegar, down the drain. Let sit for at least 5 minutes, then rinse with
2. Deodorize the garbage disposal: Make ice cubes out of vinegar.
Run the disposal with a few vinegar ice cubes and cold water.
3. Clean countertops: Wipe down surfaces with a rag dipped in
4. Clean the fridge: Use a mixture of half water, half vinegar to wipe
down the interior shelves and walls.
5. Remove soap build-up and odors from the dishwasher: Once a
month, pour 1 cup of vinegar into an empty dishwasher and run the
machine through its entire cycle.
6. Bust oven grease: If you've got grease spots on the oven door,
pour some vinegar directly on the stains, let it sit for 15 minutes, and
wipe away with a sponge.
7. To make old glassware sparkle: To get rid of the cloudy effect,
wrap a vinegar-soaked towel around the glass and let it sit. Remove
and rinse with hot water.
vinegar and let it boil. Allow it to cool, and rinse with water.
vinegar and salt (or in lieu of salt, baking soda) and scrub gently
10. Treat Tupperware stains (and stinkiness): Wipe the containers
with a vinegar-saturated cloth.
11. Remove stains on aluminum pots: Boil 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup
12. Deter ant infestations: Spray outside doorways and windowsills,
and anywhere you see a trail of critters.
13. Clean can openers: Scrub the wheel of your can opener with
vinegar using an old toothbrush.
14. Remove stickers or labels: Cover the sticker with a vinegar-
soaked cloth. Let it sit overnight-it should slide right off by morning.
15. Shine porcelain sinks: A bit of vinegar and a good scrub should
leave them sparkling.
16. Clean grout: Pour on some vinegar, let it hang out for a few
minutes, and buff with an old toothbrush.
17. Clean the shower door: Spray them down with vinegar pre-
shower, or post (after you've squeegeed the glass) to remove hard
18. Clean a grimy showerhead: To get rid of scum, fill a Ziploc with ½
a cup of baking soda and 1 cup vinegar and tie it around the
showerhead. Let it sit for an hour, until the bubbling has stopped.
Remove the bag and run the shower.
19. Make a toilet sparkle: Pour in a cup or two of vinegar and let it sit
there overnight before scrubbing with a toilet brush.
20. Polish linoleum floors: Add 1 cup of vinegar for every gallon of
water you use to wash the floor.
21. Clean paintbrushes: Soak paintbrushes for an hour before
simmering them on the stove to remove hardened paint. Drain and
22. Clean grills: Spray vinegar on a ball of tin foil, then use it to give
the grate a firm scrub.
23. Disinfect wood cutting boards: Wipe down wood boards with a
wash of vinegar.
24. Clean the microwave: Fill a microwave-safe bowl with 2 cups
water and ½ cup vinegar. Heat it on full power for 3-4 minutes until it
comes to a boil. Keep the door closed for a few minutes longer to let
the steam fill the microwave, loosening the grime. Remove the bowl
(carefully!) and wipe down interior walls with a sponge.
25. Polish patent leather accessories: Give them a rub with a vinegar-
soaked cloth. Buff with a dry cloth.