Fill a small glass bowl with
1/2 cup full-strength ammonia, place in oven and close. Let stand
overnight, then wipe loosened dirt with paper towels or newspapers.
If necessary, rub surfaces with a suitable abrasive, such as
fine steel wool, then wash with warm soapy water and rinse. Repeat
process if necessary.
Homemade Window Glass Cleaner
1/2 cup vinegar to 1 gallon
of water (or 2 tablespoons per quart) OR
1/2 cup sudsy ammonia to 1 gallon water (or 2 tablespoons per
1/2 cup sudsy ammonia 2 cups
rubbing alcohol 1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent 1 gallon
water (This one is less likely to freeze in cold weather.)
Pots and Pans - Burned, and
Soak or boil a solution of 2
tbsp baking soda per qt of water in each pan. Let stand until
particles are loosened, then wash as usual. Use a mild or moderate
abrasive if necessary.
Heat a solution of 1 tbsp vinegar
per qt of water or 2 tsp cream of tartar per qt of water in each
pan until discoloration disappears.
Rub greasy spots with a mild
or moderate abrasive, such as fine steel wool, and a dish detergent
until they disappear.
Stained No-Stick Cookware
To remove stains from no-stick
surfaces, pour a solution of 1 cup water, 2 tbsp baking soda
and 1/2 cup chlorine bleach into the pan and simmer 5 to 10 minutes.
Do not allow mixture to boil or to boil over the side of the
pan. Wash in hot soapy water, rinse and dry. Apply a light coating
of cooking oil. (Note: This formula may fade dark-colored surfaces.)
To keep drains clear, flush
daily with scalding water. For grease buildup, dissolve 1 lb
washing soda in 3 gal boiling water and pour down drain. To avoid
burns from boiling water, hold water container close to drain
and pour slowly and directly into drain. For heavy grease buildup,
use a commercial drain opener. Exercise extreme caution when
using and follow label instructions exactly. (Commercial drain
openers can be used to clear hair buildup from bathroom drains,
Dilute 3/4 cup chlorine bleach
in 1 gal of water. Apply to tile and grout and scrub; wipe shower
stall and curtain; rinse thoroughly.
To clean stainless steel, chrome,
fiberglass, ceramic, porcelain or enamel fixtures, dissolve 2
tbsp baking soda in 1 qt of water.
Rust Stain and Hard Water
Apply full-strength vinegar
or lemon juice and let stand until spot disappears, then rinse.
Repeat if necessary.
Apply baking soda dry or as
a thick paste, rub vigorously with a wet sponge, then rinse.
Pour 1/4 cup full strength chlorine
bleach OR 1/2 cup full strength ammonia into bowl. DO NOT USE BOTH. Swish with a bowl brush and flush.
Combs and Brushes
Fill a basin with hot water,
and add either 2 tbsp ammonia OR 1 tsp liquid dish detergent.
Drop in combs and brushes and soak 10 minutes, then use combs
to clean brushes. Rinse thoroughly and air dry.