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BAKING SODA

* Baking Soda is an effective general purpose cleaner. Make a light paste with water for use as a mild abrasive to clean baths, sinks, toilet bowls etc.
* Apply the paste to a warm oven and leave overnight.
* Drains can be unblocked by dissolving baking soda in boiling water.
* Fridges can be deodorised with baking soda - just put an open packet in the fridge after cleaning.
* Grease can be removed by pouring hot water on stains and covering with dry baking soda.
* For dirty saucepans that don't respond to steel wool, add cold water and one to two tablespoons of baking soda to the saucepan and bring to the boil. When cool clean off with steel wool.
* For soiled diapers and removing mold, presoak in 45g baking soda dissolved in warm water, wash in hot soapy water and then dry them in the sun.
* The mixture can be also used to remove mold.

PURE SOAP


*For washing dishes, use a cake of pure soap in a wire basket, or make lather by rubbing soap between your hands. If the water in your area is hard, add a little washing soda to the wash water, or a spoonful of vinegar to the rinse water
*For washing clothes, dissolve soap as above, or use pure soap flakes dissolved separately in hot water. If water is hard, add washing soda as a softener.
*For cleaning laminates, tiles and stainless steel use soap with a plastic scourer.
* For car cleaning use a little soap with warm water.
* Washing Discs eliminate the need for laundry detergent and help the environment, the reusable discs act like soap by ionising the water.

VINEGAR


* For cleaning windows and mirrors, use one and a half cups of vinegar to one litre of water.
* To remove mold in the bathroom, wipe vinegar onto surfaces and leave overnight
* To remove hard water encrustation on shower nozzles, or kettles, use equal parts vinegar and boiling water.
* To clean water marks on baths, basins and surfaces, make a paste of vinegar and salt, apply and leave for 15 minutes
* For vinyl floors, use vinegar with soap
* For spot cleaning carpets, use vinegar, soap and warm water

LEMON JUICE

* Use to clean stains on porcelain and laminate, leave juice on stain overnight, then wipe off
* For rust stains, saturate with lemon juice and rub with salt. Place in direct sunlight until dry, then wash.
* Lemon juice can also be used as a hair conditioner and hair lightener. Add juice to rinse water. > SALT

* For wine stains, immediately pour salt or hot water on the stain and then soak in milk before you wash.
* Salt, used with lemon juice, is also good for rust stains.